Rikuchū-Natsui Station is a railway station on the Hachinohe Line in the city of Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by the East Japan Railway Company. Rikuchū-Natsui Station is served by the Hachinohe Line, is 38.1 kilometers from the terminus of the line at Hachinohe Station. Rikuchū-Natsui Station has a single ground-level side platform serving one bi-directional track; the station is unattended. Rikuchū-Natsui Station opened on March 27, 1930. On April 1, 1987, upon the privatization of Japanese National Railways, the station came under the operational control of JR East. National Route 45 National Route 395 List of railway stations in Japan Official website
Tanohata Station is a railway station on the Sanriku Railway Company’s Rias Line located in the village of Tanohata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Tanohata Station is served by the Rias Line, is located 127.6 rail kilometers from the terminus of the line at Sakari Station. The station has one island platform; the station is staffed. Tanohata Station opened on 1 April 1984, the same day of the privatization of the Japan National Railway Kuji Line. During the 11 March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, much of the surrounding area was destroyed by a 20 metres tsunami, which swept away parts of the tracks and suspending services on a portion of the Sanriku Railway. However, the station building survived, the portion of the line from Rikuchū-Noda to Tanohata resumed operations on 1 April 2012. and services were extended to Omoto on 6 April 2014.。The station was used as the set for the fictional “Hatano Station” in the NHK morning television drama Amachan which aired from April to September 2013. Minami-Rias Line, a portion of Yamada Line, Kita-Rias Line constitute Rias Line on 23 March 2019.
Accordingly,this station became an intermediate station of Rias Line. Hiraiga Post Office List of railway stations in Japan Official website
Taneichi Station is a railway station on the Hachinohe Line in the town of Hirono, Kunohe District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by the East Japan Railway Company. Taneichi Station is served by the Hachinohe Line, is 34.2 kilometers from the terminus of the line at Hachinohe Station. Taneichi Station has a ground-level side platform serving one bi-directional track; the station is staffed and has a Midori no Madoguchi ticket office. Taneichi Station opened on November 10, 1924. Upon the privatization of the Japanese National Railways on April 1, 1987 the station came under the operational control of JR East. In fiscal 2015, the station was used by an average of 172 passengers daily. Former Taneichi Town Hall Taneichi Post Office Taneichi Museum of History and Folklore National Route 45 List of railway stations in Japan Official website
Miyako Station is a railway station in the city of Miyako, Japan, operated by the Sanriku Railway. Miyako Station is a terminal station on the Yamada Line, is located 102.1 kilometers from the opposing terminus of the line at Morioka Station. It is a station for the Sanriku Railway's Rias Line, was located 92.0 rail kilometers from the terminus of the line at Sakari Station. Miyako Station has two island platforms connected to the station building by a footbridge; the station has a Midori no Madoguchi staffed ticket office. Miyako Station opened on 8 November 1934; the station became a terminal station for the Miyako Line on 27 February 1972. This line was privatized on 1 April 1987. Miyako Station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of the Japanese National Railways on 1 April 1987; the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 destroyed much of the tracks and many stations between Miyako and Kamaishi. In February 2012, JR East proposed that this section of the line be scrapped and the right-of-way used as a bus rapid transit route..
Afterwards, this decision was reversed, as of 2018 the Yamada Line have been reconstructed between Miyako and Kamaishi. In 23 March 2019,it reopened and be transferred to Sanriku Railway, resulting in a potential one-seat ride between Kuji and Ofunato. Reconstructed segment joined up with the Kita-Rias Line on one side and the Minami-Rias Line on the other which together constitutes the entire Rias Line. At the same time, Miyako station is transfered to Sanriku Railway. In fiscal 2015, the JR East portion of the station was used by an average of 299 passenger daily; the Sanriku Railway portion of the station was used by 247 passengers during the same period.。 Miyako Post Office Jōdogahama List of railway stations in Japan Official website Sanriku Railway Station information
Kuji is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2017, the city had an estimated population of 36,104 in 15,618 households, a population density of 57.9 persons per km². The total area of the city is 623.50 square kilometres. Kuji is located in far northeastern Iwate Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. Most of the inland areas of the city are within the Kitakami Mountains. Portions of the coastline of Kuji are within the borders of the Sanriku Fukkō National Park. Iwate Prefecture Karumai Kunohe Hirono Noda Kuzumaki Iwaizumi Kuji has a humid climate, characterized by mild summers and cool winters; the average annual temperature in Kuji is 9.7 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1176 mm with September as the wettest month and February as the driest month; the temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.5 °C, lowest in January, at around -1.9 °C. Per Japanese census data, the population of Kuji has declined over the past 40 years; the area of present-day Kuji was part of ancient Mutsu Province, has been settled since at least the Jōmon period.
Amber from the area has been found at archaeological sites dating from the Nara period at the site of Heijō-kyō and Fujiwara-kyō. The area came under the control of the central government only after 1070 AD in the mid-Heian period. From the Kamakura period, the area came under the control of the Nanbu clan, during the Edo period, was part of Hachinohe Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate; the area was noted for its production of ironsand, essential in the production of Japanese swords. These deposits were exhausted by the 1960s. In the early Meiji period, the town of Kuji was created within Kita-Kunohe District on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system; the area was devastated by a 26 metres tsunami in 1896. Kita-Kunohe District and Minami-Kunohe Districts merged to form Kunohe District on April 1, 1897. In January 1926, much of the town was destroyed by a fire. An larger fire in April 1945 destroyed 950 houses; the modern city was founded on November 3, 1954, with the merger of the towns of Kuji and Osanai with the villages of Samuraihama, Natsui and Okawame.
In April 1983, a fire destroyed 61 homes in the city. On March 6, 2006, the village of Yamagata, was merged into Kuji. Kuji suffered extensive damage from the earthquake and tsunami, with the tsunami reaching 27 metres in some locations, the tsunami damage extending 4 kilometres inland. A total of 444 houses were destroyed, 410 houses extensively damaged, but there were only four confirmed fatalities, with two residents missing. Kuji has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 24 members; the local economy is based on commercial fishing. The Japan Underground Oil Storage Company operates a 1.67 million kiloliter underground petroleum storage facility in Kuji. Kuji has ten public middle schools operated by the city government. There is one private high school; the Iwate Prefectural Board of Education operates three public high schools, as well as one special education school. East Japan Railway Company – Hachinohe Line Samuraihama - Rikuchū-Natsui - Kuji Sanriku Railway – Kita-Rias Line Rikuchū-Ube - Kuji Hachinohe-Kuji Expressway Japan National Route 45 Japan National Route 281 Japan National Route 395 Port of Kuji Kuji is famous for its deposits of amber, which date from the Late Cretaceous Period.
Kuji is the only place in Japan where amber has been found, noted examples can be viewed at the Kuji Amber Museum. Kuji is known as the northern limit of female divers. Ama dive without breathing aids to depths reaching 10 meters, procuring shellfish and pearls; the most acclaimed local catch is abalone. Kokujiyaki known as Kuji-yaki is a style of ceramic pottery unique to the Kokuji district of Kuji with a 200-year history. Kuji is on the northern reaches of the Sanriku Coastline, Kosode Coast is a portion, noted for its dramatic rock formations and views. Franklin, Indiana, USA, sister city since October 1960 Klaipėda, sister city since 1991. In 1960 a sister city bond was established via Mayor Frank S. Records of Franklin and Mayor Gyobun Yamauchi, Mayor of Kuji, Japan. A Franklin College graduate and childhood resident of Franklin, Miss Thomasine Allen had traveled to Japan to pursue Christian missionary work. After teaching in various locations in Japan for several years from 1915, she found her way to Kuji, Japan in 1938 and spent the rest of her life there, establishing Christian facilities including a kindergarten, hospital and college.
Upon establishment of the sister city relationship, Thomasine Allen was voted by the City Council of Kuji to be an honorary citizen of the city. Partnership between Kuji and Klaipėda began in 1989, one year before the independence of Lithuania, hence becoming the first Lithuanian sister city in Japan. In January 1991, then-Mayor of Kuji, Yoshiaki Kuji, condemned the military actions of Soviet Union by sending a protest note to the General Secretary of the CPSU Mikhail Gorbachev; the 1995 World Municipalities Congress in Hague recognised Klaipeda’s and Kuji’s cities cooperation as an example to follow. Congress expressed hope that this cooperation will inspire other Lithuania’s and Japan’s cities to expand their partnership. Kyuzo Mifune, judoka Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, judoka Tochinohana Hitoshi, s
Fuji Kyuko Co. Ltd. abbreviated as Fujikyu, is a passenger transportation company headquartered in Fujiyoshida, Japan. The company operates regional and long-distance bus routes; the company operates the Tenjō-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway, Fuji-Q Highland amusement park; the Gakunan Railway is a consolidated subsidiary of Fuji Kyuko. The company signed a "sister railway" agreement with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn in Switzerland in 1991. Official website