Shiogama is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 June 2017, the city had an estimated population of 54,926, a population density of 3162 persons per km² in 23,270 households; the total area of the city is 17.37 square kilometres. Shiogama is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. Miyagi Prefecture Tagajō Rifu Shichigahama Per Japanese census data, the population of Shiogama has remained stable over the past 40 years. Shiogama has a humid climate characterized by cold winters; the average annual temperature in Shiogama is 12.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1225 mm with September as the wettest month; the temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.6 °C, lowest in January, at around 0.8 °C. "Shiogama" means "salt furnace" and refers to a local Shinto ritual involving the making of salt from sea water, still performed every July. The name is sometimes written using the kanji 塩釜 rather than 塩竈 and both spellings are permitted.
Both 釜 and 竈 are pronounced gama in compounds, but as lone words they are pronounced kama and kamado, respectively. A kamado is a what a kama is placed upon, so the two are not interchangeable. 塩竈 is the form used by the city, but for ease of writing, the 10-stroke 釜 is used in place of the 21-stroke 竈, such as in Shiogama Station. Shiogama Jinja uses the rendering 鹽竈, with an archaic character for salt; this third form is seen outside of this context. The area of present-day Shiogama was part of ancient Mutsu Province, has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. During the Nara period, the area came under the control of colonists from the Yamato dynasty based at nearby Tagajō and was the most important seaport in Mutsu; the ruins of the provincial capital of Mutsu Province have been found within the city borders. During portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The town of Shiogama was established with the post-Meiji restoration creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Parts of Tagajō and Shichigahama were incorporated into Shiogama of September 1, 1938. Shiogama was raised to city status on November 23, 1941; the city annexed the Gyūchi area of neighboring Tagajō on December 1, 1949 and the village of Urato on April 1, 1950. The city was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, although damage to its fishing industry turned out to be light. Shiogama has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members; the economy of Shiogama is based on commercial fishing of tuna, fish processing. The city boasts of the highest density of sushi restaurants in Japan. Shiogama has six public elementary schools and four middle schools operated by the city government, one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. East Japan Railway Company – Tōhoku Main Line Shiogama East Japan Railway Company – Senseki Line Nishi-Shiogama, Hon-Shiogama, Higashi-Shiogama National Route 45 Miyagi Prefectural Route 3 Miyagi Prefectural Route 10 Miyagi Prefectural Route 11 Miyagi Prefectural Route 23 Miyagi Prefectural Route 35 Miyagi Prefectural Route 58 Shiogama'Hote' festival Shiogama Flower festival and Shiogama Citizens Festival Shiogama Harbor festival Masao Maruyama Masashi Nakano Nobunaga Shimazaki Official Website
Kuki Station (Saitama)
Kuki Station is a railway station in Kuki, Japan, operated jointly by East Japan Railway Company and the private railway operator Tobu Railway. Kuki Station is served by the Tobu Isesaki Line, is 47.7 km from the starting point of the Isesaki Line at Asakusa. It is a station on the JR East Tohoku Main Line and is 48.9 km from the starting point of that line at Tokyo Station. The JR East portion of the station has one ground-level island platform and one ground-level side platform serving three tracks, connected to the station building by a footbridge; the station has a “Midori no Madoguchi” staffed ticket office. The Tobu Station consists of two island platform serving four tracks, connected to the station building by a footbridge; the JR East Tohoku Line station opened on 16 July 1885. The Tobu station opened on 27 August 1899. From 17 March 2012, station numbering was introduced on all Tobu lines, with Kuki Station becoming "TI-02". In fiscal 2014, the Tobu station was used by an average of 50,635 passengers daily.
The JR portion of the station was used by 35,862 passengers. List of railway stations in Japan Kuki Station information JR East Station Information
Shin-Shiraoka Station is a railway station on the Tōhoku Main Line in Shiraoka, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Shin-Shiraoka Station is served by the Tohoku Main Line and the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, lies 45.9 kilometers from the starting point of the Tohoku Main Line at Tokyo. This station has an elevated station building with two opposed ground-level side platforms underneath, serving three tracks. Shin-Shiraoka Station opened on 26 February 1987. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR East. Shiraoka New Town List of railway stations in Japan JR East station information
Saitama-Shintoshin Station is a railway station in the city of Saitama, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Saitama-Shintoshin Station is served by the Keihin-Tohoku Line, Takasaki Line, Tohoku Main Line, lies 28.7 km from Tokyo Station. This station has and elevated station building with two ground-level island platforms serving four tracks; the station has a Midori no Madoguchi ticket office. Platform edge doors are scheduled to be installed on the Keihin-Tohoku Line platforms in 2017, being brought into service on 23 September 2017; the station opened on 1 April 2000. In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 50,069 passengers daily, making it the 97th busiest JR East station; the passenger figures for previous years are as shown below. Saitama New Urban Center Saitama Super Arena Cocoon City shopping centre There is a direct express bus service to and from Narita Airport. List of railway stations in Japan Official website
Sendai Station (Miyagi)
Sendai Station is a major railway station in Aoba-ku, Miyagi, Japan. It is a stop for all Akita and Tohoku Shinkansen trains, the eastern terminus for the Senzan Line, major stop on both the Tohoku Main Line and Senseki Line, it is located on the border between Miyagino and Aoba Wards in Miyagi Prefecture. Sendai Station is served by services operated by East Japan Railway Company, Sendai Airport Transit, Sendai Subway; the station is served by the following lines. Tohoku Shinkansen Akita Shinkansen Tohoku Main Line Senzan Line Senseki Line Joban Line Sendai Airport Line Although the main JR train station and the subway station are physically separate, there are underground passageways connecting the two; the main Sendai Station is above-ground, is a hub for JR East containing both the Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen lines and several other local lines. The above-ground portion of Sendai Station lies in Aoba-ku, is situated so that tracks run north-south. In the station's easternmost section and across the ward border in Miyagino-ku, is the platform for the east-west Senseki Line.
This platform was above ground. The Sendai Subway lies to the west, can be accessed from the main station via underground passageways at both ends of the station; the platform for the subway at Sendai Station is closer to Aoba-dōri Station than the other JR lines in Sendai Station. In fact, there is a transfer-only gate between the subway and Senseki Line platform at Aoba-dōri Station; the Namboku Line platforms are located on the third basement level, the Tozai Line platforms are located on the fourth basement level. The station first opened on 15 December 1887. In fiscal 2016, the JR East station was used by an average of 87,340 passengers daily, making it the busiest JR East station outside of the Greater Tokyo Area, it is the busiest JR East station in Miyagi Prefecture and the 50th-busiest on the JR East network as a whole. In fiscal 2015, the Sendai Subway portion of the station was used by an average of 48,640 passengers daily; the JR East passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.
The area outside the west exit of Sendai Station is the traditional center of activity around the station. This is because the area is closer to the central business district of Sendai, which developed around Sendai Castle; the area is home to some of the largest department stores in Sendai. The S-Pal department store and the Station are directly connected to each other. A large elevated walkway outside the exit provides access to other department stores, such as the Loft Department Store, Sakurano Department Store, the Jujiya Co. Sendai Store, EBeanS. EbeanS is home to the largest bookstore in the Tohoku Region; the AER Building, a large office building built through recent redevelopment, is located in the area and is home to various offices and stores, such as Maruzen, another large bookstore. The area around the Asaichi-dori street, next to EBeanS, is known as the Sendai Asaichi, although stores are open all day long; the Asaichi is home to a wide variety of small stores that sell Japanese foods.
The Sendai Metropolitan Hotel can be directly accessed via the elevated walkway and is convenient for visitors unfamiliar with the area. The entrance to Sendai's largest shopping malls, such as the Clis Road Shopping District and the Ichibancho Shopping District, are located close to the exit of the elevated walkway, a bus exchange area and taxi pool can be found under the walkway; the area outside the east exit of Sendai Station is the "new" side of the station. It traditionally had a smaller concentration of businesses compared to the west side; that the area was not damaged by World War II bombing delayed development in the area. The municipal government decided to conduct redevelopment in the area in 1960; the redevelopment project is still in progress, but the area has been renovated with a new bus exchange area and taxi pool. The Yodobashi Camera Sendai Store, one of the largest electronics retailers in Sendai, is located right outside of the east exit and BiVi Sendai, a department store, is located close by.
The east side of the station is close to many entertainment venues, such as Beeb Sendai and Sendai Sunplaza. Miyagi Baseball Stadium is within walking distance. Sendai Station mapOfficial website Official website
Toro Station is a railway station on the Tōhoku Main Line in Kita-ku, Saitama Prefecture, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Toro Station is served by the Tohoku Main Line and the Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, lies 33.3 kilometers from the starting point of the Tohoku Main Line at Tokyo. This station has an elevated station building with one island platform underneath. Toro Station opened on 1 October 1983. With the privatization of JNR on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR East. In fiscal 2014, the station was used by an average of 13,966 passengers daily. Saitama City, Kita-ku Ward Office Toro Nishi-guchi Post Office List of railway stations in Japan Ishino, Tetsu et al.. 停車場変遷大事典 国鉄・JR編. II. Tokyo: JTB Corporation. P. 392. ISBN 4533029809. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list JR East station information
Matsushima Station is a railway station on the Tōhoku Main Line in the town of Matsushima, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company. This station is about 1 km from Takagimachi Station and about 2 km away from Matsushima-Kaigan Station on the Senseki Line. Of the three, Matsushima-Kaigan is the station closest to most tourist destinations. Matsushima Station is served by the Tōhoku Main Line, is located 375.2 rail kilometers from the official starting point of the line at Tokyo Station. Matsushima Station has one island platform connected by a footbridge; the station has a "Midori no Madoguchi" staffed ticket office. Matsushima Station opened on July 9, 1956 as Shin-Matsushima Station, having been elevated from a signal stop established on November 15, 1944, when the routing of the Tohoku Main Line was moved away from the coastline due to security concerns in World War II; the station was renamed to its present name on July 1, 1962. The station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of the Japanese National Railways on April 1, 1987.
In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 889 passengers daily. Matsushima Town Hall Matsushima Post Office National Route 45 List of Railway Stations in Japan Official website