Kawabe Station (Aomori)

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Kawabe Station

Kawabe Station in May 2007
Location31-2 Kami-Nishida, Kawabe, Inakadate-mura, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-1141
Coordinates40°38′47.82″N 140°31′15.32″E / 40.6466167°N 140.5209222°E / 40.6466167; 140.5209222Coordinates: 40°38′47.82″N 140°31′15.32″E / 40.6466167°N 140.5209222°E / 40.6466167; 140.5209222
Operated byJR logo (east).svg JR East
Distance453.4 km from Fukushima
Platforms2 island platforms
Other information
StatusStaffed (Midori no Madoguchi)
Opened1 December 1894
Passengers (FY2016)310 daily
Kawabe Station is located in Japan
Kawabe Station
Kawabe Station
Location within Japan

Kawabe Station (川部駅, Kawabe-eki) is a railway station on the Ōu Main Line and Gonō Line in the village of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East).


Kawabe Station is served by the Ōu Main Line, and is 453.4 kilometers from the southern terminus of the line at Fukushima. It is also the northern terminal station for the Gonō Line.

Station layout[edit]

Platforms and snow-covered tracks

Kawabe Station has two ground level island platforms, serving three tracks, connected to the station building by a footbridge; the station has a Midori no Madoguchi staffed ticket office. A fourth track has not been in use since April 1, 1998 with the discontinuation of the Kuroishi Line.


1  Gonō Line for Goshogawara and Ajigasawa
 Ōu Main Line for Hirosaki
2  Ōu Main Line for Namioka and Aomori
3  Ōu Main Line for Hirosaki and Akita
 Gonō Line for Goshogawara and Ajigasawa

Adjacent stations[edit]

Ōu Main Line
Hirosaki   Rapid   Kita-Tokiwa
Naijōshi   Local   Kita-Tokiwa
Gonō Line
Terminus   Local   Fujisaki


Kawabe Station opened on December 1, 1894 as a station on the Japanese Government Railways, the predecessor to the Japanese National Railways (JNR) on the Ōu Northern Line. From August 15, 1912, a spur line opened to Kuroishi, and from September 25, 1918, the Mutsu Railway (present-day Gonō Line) began operations from Kawabe Station. On November 1, 1984, operations on the Kuroishi Line were transferred from JNR to the Konan Railway. All freight operations were discontinued from April 1987. With the privatization of JNR on April 1, 1987, it came under the operational control of JR East; the Kuroishi Line ceased operations from April 1, 1998.[citation needed]

Passenger statistics[edit]

In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 310 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[1]

Surrounding area[edit]

  • Kawabe-Izumi Post office

Bus services[edit]

Kōnan Bus services for Kuroishi Station via Maeda-Yashiki.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • Endo, Isao (2006). 五能線物語 「奇跡のローカル線」を生んだ最強の現場力 (in Japanese). PHP研究所. ISBN 4569830099.
  • 五能線ガイドブック [Gono Line Guidebook)] (in Japanese). 無明舎出版. 2002. ISBN 4895443078.
  1. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2016年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2016)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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