Tsutsuishi Station

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Tsutsuishi Station
Tsutsuishi Station 0000.jpg
Tsutsuishi Station in March 2010
Location 928 Otani, Senno,Itoigawa-shi, Niigata
Operated by Echigo-TOKImeki logomark.svg Echigo Tokimeki Railway
Line(s) Nihonkai Hisui Line
Platforms 2 side platforms
Opened 1912
Passengers (FY2015) 29 daily
Tsutsuishi Station is located in Japan
Tsutsuishi Station
Tsutsuishi Station
Location within Japan

Tsutsuishi Station (筒石駅 Tsutsuishi-eki?) is a railway station in Itoigawa, Niigata, Japan, operated by Echigo Tokimeki Railway.


Tsutsuishi Station is served by the Nihonkai Hisui Line, and is 40.9 kilometers from the starting point of the line at Ichiburi and 335.4 kilometers from Maibara Station.

Station layout[edit]

The station consists of two opposed side platforms located inside the 11,353 metre long Kubiki Tunnel, 40 metres below ground, connected to the entrance gate by 290 steps. There is only a stairway, with no elevator or escalator. Due to the air pressure generated by passing trains, access to the platform is limited and a protected waiting room with heavy metal doors keep passengers safe from hurricane-like wind. Average daily ridership at this station is approximately 60, mostly students.[1]


west  Nihonkai Hisui Line for Naoetsu
east  Nihonkai Hisui Line for Itoigawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Nihonkai Hisui Line
Local Nadachi


The station opened on December 16, 1912, as part of the Japanese Government Railways (JGR, JNR after 1949). On October 1, 1969, a new Tsutsuishi Station was opened. On April 1, 1987, with the privatization of JNR, JR West took over control of this station.

From 14 March 2015, with the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension from Nagano to Kanazawa, local passenger operations over sections of the Shinetsu Main Line and Hokuriku Main Line running roughly parallel to the new shinkansen line were reassigned to third-sector railway operating companies.[2] From this date, Tsutsuishi Station was transferred to the ownership of the third-sector operating company Echigo Tokimeki Railway.

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2015, the station was used by an average of 29 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[3]

Surrounding area[edit]

  • Tsutsuishi fishing port
  • Tsutsuishi Post Office
  • Isobe Elementary School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baseel, Casey. "Crazy station's 290 steps from gate to platform make it the deepest and spookiest in Niigata". Rocket News 24 English. Socio Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Osano, Kagetoshi (March 2015).  北陸新幹線並行在来線各社の姿 [Guide to companies operating conventional lines alongside the Hokuriku Shinkansen]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 44 no. 371. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. pp. 28–33. 
  3. ^ 平成27年度の乗車状況(平成27年4月1日~平成28年3月31日)[各駅の1日平均乗車人員 [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2015)] (in Japanese). Japan: Echigo Tokimeki Railway Company. 2016. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 

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Coordinates: 37°07′39″N 138°03′38″E / 37.1276°N 138.0606°E / 37.1276; 138.0606