Kami-Shirataki Station

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Kami-Shirataki Station

Kamishirataki station01.JPG
Kami-Shirataki Station building in June 2009
LocationKamishirataki, Engaru-cho, Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-0127
Operated byJR logo (hokkaido).svg Hokkaido Railway Company
Line(s) Sekihoku Main Line
Distance78.9 km (49.0 mi) from Shin-Asahikawa
Platforms1 side platform
Other information
Station codeA44
Opened1 October 1932 (1932-10-01)
Closed25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Kami-Shirataki Station is located in Japan
Kami-Shirataki Station
Kami-Shirataki Station
Location within Japan

Kami-Shirataki Station (上白滝駅, Kami-Shirataki-eki, lit. "Upper Shirataki") was a railway station on the Sekihoku Main Line in Engaru, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Opened in October 1932, the station closed in March 2016.


The timetable posted at the station in December 2012, showing only 2 trains stopping each day

Kami-Shirataki Station was served by the single-track Sekihoku Main Line, lying 78.9 km (49.0 mi) from the official starting point of the line at Shin-Asahikawa. The station was numbered "A44".

As of December 2012, the station was served by just one train service in each direction daily.

Station layout[edit]

The station had a single side platform serving the single-track line, the station was unstaffed, but a station structure was provided, with toilet facilities for passengers.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Sekihoku Main Line
Limited Express Okhotsk: Does not stop at this station
Limited Rapid: Does not stop at this station
Kamikawa   Local   Shirataki


The station opened on 1 October 1932,[1] with the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR Hokkaido.[1]

In July 2015, JR Hokkaido announced that it would be closing the station along with three others on the line (Kyū-Shirataki Station, Shimo-Shirataki Station, and Kanehana Station) in March 2016, due to low passenger usage.[2]

In January 2016, it was reported on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's Facebook page that the station was being kept open for the benefit of just one high-school girl who used the station to commute to and from school, and that it was scheduled to close when the girl graduated.[3] However, it was later revealed that the station in question was actually Kyū-Shirataki Station, two stops away, and there is no evidence that the timing of the closure of either station was connected with the girl's graduation.[4]

They say that the station was closed following the last day of services on 25 March 2016, but it is not truth.[5]

Surrounding area[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編 [Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR]. II. Japan: JTB. p. 918. ISBN 4-533-02980-9.
  2. ^ 上白滝・旧白滝・下白滝の3駅も廃止 JR石北線、来年3月に [3 JR Sekihoku Line stations Kami-Shirataki, Kyu-Shirataki, and Shimo-Shirataki to close next March]. Doshin (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Remote Hokkaido train station stays open for one high school girl? Perhaps not". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Japanese train service 'keeps running daily service for a single passenger'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ 根室線花咲など8駅廃止、79本減便 JR北海道がダイヤ改正 [JR Hokkaido introduces revised timetable - 8 stations closed and 79 services cut]. Doshin Web (in Japanese). Japan: The Hokkaido Shimbun Press. 26 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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Coordinates: 43°52′35″N 143°08′40″E / 43.8765°N 143.1444°E / 43.8765; 143.1444