Kasose Station is a railway station located in the town of Fukaura, Aomori Prefecture Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company. Kasose Station is a station on the Gonō Line, is located 79.0 kilometers from the terminus of the line at Higashi-Noshiro. Kasose Station has one ground-level side platform serving a single bi-directional track; the station is managed from Goshogawara Station. There is no station building. Kosose Station was opened on November 1954 as a station on the Japan National Railways, it has been unattended since March 19, 1984. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, it came under the operational control of JR East. National Route 101 List of Railway Stations in Japan Endo, Isao. 五能線物語 「奇跡のローカル線」を生んだ最強の現場力. PHP研究所. ISBN 4569830099. 五能線ガイドブック. 無明舎出版. 2002. ISBN 4895443078. Official website
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The capital is the city of Akita; the area of Akita has been created from the ancient provinces of Mutsu. Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce and population by several hundred kilometres and the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of principally nomadic tribes; the first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when the Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Hirafu governor of Koshi Province, established a fort on the Mogami River, thus began the Japanese settlement of the region. In 733, a new military settlement—later renamed Akita Castle—was built in modern-day Akita city at Takashimizu, more permanent roads and structures were developed; the region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.
It shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years, developing the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita; the famous Heian period waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is said to have been born in Yuzawa City, Ogachi Town, located in the southeast of the prefecture. Located in the north of Honshu, Akita Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan in the west and is bordered by four other prefectures: Aomori in the north, Iwate in the east, Miyagi in the southeast, Yamagata in the south. Akita Prefecture is rectangular in shape 181 km from north to south and 111 km from west to east; the Ōu Mountains mark the eastern border of the prefecture, the higher Dewa Mountains run parallel through the center of the prefecture.
Like much of northern Japan, the prefecture has cold winters away from the sea. The Oga Peninsula is a prominent feature of the coastline. Thirteen cities are located in Akita Prefecture: These are the towns and villages in each district: Like much of the Tōhoku Region, Akita's economy remains dominated by traditional industries, such as agriculture and forestry; this has led many young people to migrate to other large cities. Akita Prefecture is, it has the lowest number of children as a percentage of the population, at 11.2%. As of 2010, it has a population of just over 1 million people; the high rate of depopulation in Akita Prefecture has led to the merging of smaller communities, which has affected the smallest of the merged communities. As depopulation in these communities and the migration to larger communities continues and health facilities have closed in some areas, leading to the continuation of the migration of families to larger cities for better access to health and educational opportunities.
The decline in younger generations has led to concerns for sustaining rural communities facing issues of aging and depopulation. Akita is famous for its sake breweries, it is well known for having the highest consumption of sake in Japan, thought to be the origin of the Akita breed of dog which carries the prefecture's name. The women of the region, referred to as Akita bijin, have gained widespread renown for their white skin, rounded faces and high voices, all of which are considered desirable. Ono no Komachi is a famous example of an Akita bijin. Akita is known for the following regional specialties: Kiritanpo Nabe Gakko Rice – Akita komachi Sake Recently there have been efforts to revitalize rural communities facing depopulation with different forms of green tourism as well as agritourism; these efforts aim at urbanites and in some cases foreign tourists, advertising the pristine forests of Akita prefecture as well as its many intangible cultures and sprawling rice fields. In Akita there has been a push for home stays, farmers markets for locally produced foods, the integration of outsiders into local cultural practices, for example the Namahage ritual on New Year's Eve, which draws a large number of tourists to Akita Prefecture every year.
Near Lake Tazawa, there are a number of hot springs resorts. These are popular with tourists from all over Japan. In addition, its numerous seasonal festivals offer a glimpse of traditional Japan; some famous examples are the Akita Kantō, the Omagari Fireworks, Namahage Festival, the Yokote Kamakura Festivals. Kakunodate is a charming old town, known as the little Kyoto, full of preserved samurai houses; the Aoyagi house is the former residence of Odano Naotake, the man who illustrated Japan's first modern guide to the human anatomy. The house is now a gallery of medical illustrations and traditional crafts. Starting in 2009, Akita began experiencing a huge surge in Korean tourism after the airing of the popular drama Iris, which featured several scenes shot in Akita, most notably at Lake Tazawa and Oga's GAO Aquarium. Kariwano Big Tug Festival, Daisen Amekko Festival, Odate Kamakura Snow Statue Event, Yokote Tsuchizaki Shinmei Festival, Akita Akita Kanto Festival, Akita Nishimonai Bon Dancing Festival, Ugo Kemanai Bon Dancing Fe
Takinoma Station is a railway station on the JR East located in the town of Happō, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Takinoma Station is served by the Gonō Line and is located 24.5 rail kilometers from the southern terminus of the Gonō Line at Higashi-Noshiro Station. Takinoma Station has a single side platform serving bidirectional traffic; the unattended station is managed from Fukaura Station. Takinoma Station was opened on April 20, 1963. Japan National Route 101 JR East station information page
Iwadate Station is a railway station on the Gonō Line in Happō, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company. Iwadate Station is served by the Gonō Line from Higashi-Noshiro and Kawabe, is located 29.1 rail kilometers from Higashi-Noshiro Station. The station has two opposed side platforms connected by a level serving two tracks, it is administered by Noshiro Station, operated by JR Akita Total Life Service Co. Ltd. Ordinary tickets, express tickets, reserved-seat tickets are on sale for all JR lines. Business hours are 08:30 to 17:00; the station opened on 24 November 1926. In fiscal 2010, the station was used by an average of 46 passengers daily. National Route 101 Iwadate Post office Iwadate Station tourist information by JR East JR East station information
Kitakanegasawa Station is a railway station in the town of Fukaura, Aomori Prefecture Japan, operated on the East Japan Railway Company. Kitakanegasawa Station is a station on the Gonō Line, is located 90.6 kilometers from the terminus of the line at Higashi-Noshiro. Kitakanegasawa Station has two ground-level opposed side platforms connected by a level crossing; the station is managed from Goshogawara Station. The station is a kan'i itaku station, administered by Goshogawara Station, operated by Fukaura municipal authority, with point-of-sales terminal installed. Ordinary tickets, express tickets, reserved-seat tickets for all JR lines are on sale. Kitakanegasawa Station was opened on October 1931 as a station on the Japan National Railways. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, it came under the operational control of JR East. National Route 101 Fukaura Town office Ōdose branch office Kitakanegasawa Post office List of Railway Stations in Japan Official website Endo, Isao. 五能線物語 「奇跡のローカル線」を生んだ最強の現場力.
PHP研究所. ISBN 4569830099. 五能線ガイドブック. 無明舎出版. 2002. ISBN 4895443078
Akitashirakami Station is a railway station on the Gono Line in the town of Happō, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Akitashirakami Station is served by the 147.2 km Gonō Line, is located 26.1 kilometers from the southern terminus of the line at Higashi-Noshiro Station. Akitashirakami Station has one side platform serving a single bidirectional track. Akitashirakami Station opened on October 1, 1997. In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 26 passengers daily; the passenger figures for previous years are as shown below. The station is located adjacent to the Hatahata-kan hot spring resort. List of railway stations in Japan JR East station information page Akita-Shirakami Station description and tourism information by JR East Akita Division
Kita-Noshiro Station is a railway station on the JR East located in the city of Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Kita-Noshiro Station is served by the Gonō Line and is located 9.3 rail kilometers from the southern terminus of the Gonō Line at Higashi-Noshiro Station. Kita-Noshiro Station has a single side platform, serving bidirectional traffic; the unattended station is managed from Noshiro Station. Kita-Noshiro Station was opened on April 26, 1926 as Ugo-Shinonome Station on the Japanese Government Railways, serving the village of Shinonome, Akita, it was renamed to its present name on June 15, 1943. The JGR became the JNR after World War II. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, the station has been managed by JR East. A new station building was completed in 2009, replacing the modified boxcar, in use. Japan National Route 101 Nishiro Beach Sugisawadai ruins Media related to Kita-Noshiro Station at Wikimedia Commons JR East station information page