Shabby Railway Stations of Japan

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Japan’s railway network may be renowned as one of the best in the world, but that doesn’t stop large parts of it, particularly many tiny rural stations, from being rather shabby – train and photography otaku share the worst examples:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Rural Japan is beautiful.

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    Comment by denn
    19:38 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some of the last rural shots were quite tasteful.

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    Comment by Ecchi-BANZAII
    01:08 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Indeed. I like all the ones I saw.
    They are calm and simple.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well there were at least 3 or 4 that were shabby.

    Most are just small and cute..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 06/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    [Insert asian cock joke here]

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 18/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whats with the one that looks like a Barrel?

    That is so Wild~~!

    Triti

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 19/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing~! I had to download and gaze at every one.

    You can see where hundreds of people flowed through every day.... to work, shop, love~~!

    ...an Art Form is its own right...

    ARIGATO ~~~ Triti

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    Comment by viewtifu1
    19:09 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I dont get what is so bad about most of them

    20:14 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wouldn't mind waiting for a train at some of those places, sit back and relax watch the scenery.

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    Comment by starsplash
    21:04 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ive actually traveled on trains in a lot of places in the world. (Warning: I probably spelled some of these wrong, but not on purpose) France, Italy, Ukrain, England, Spain, Chech Republic, Germany, Switzeland, Austira, Mexico, Beijing to Nanjing then to Shanghai, Brazil to Argentina and Chili (dont think I spelled that right), here in Taiwan, Japan, The US are some of the places Ive been to and traveled by train, day and night trains. To be honest, compared to what Ive seen, these Japanese stations look way better than some of the places Ive been to. Id take one of these secluded stations over the ugly ass Milan main station.

    Small yes. Ugly, I dont think so. They look fine and probably better suited since a lot of these places are way isolated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Milano Centrale: loathed by travellers since 1932.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah, they're not shabby, they're cute. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, most of these are not shabby at all.
    I'd say they are minimalistic.
    And I like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me, too. They look way better than the large train stations that we have in America.

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    Comment by FlyingCake
    20:40 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Neat spiffy little things, these.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    19:43 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Some may look old and rusty, yet that gives their aura of appeal. Perhaps a few of them hold historic value by how they appear. There also some in these pictures that seems to match their background(nature's landscape+aged station).

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    true. they have an antique-ish look. also feels like you jumped into a manga.

    a good thing about these is that they seem preserved. not like here where train station is pack full of homeless hobos.
    (i know they poor and all of that, but...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They look pretty picturesque, actually.

    It makes you want to just grab a chair, a brush and some paint, and just draw it on a canvas.

    I feel isolation when looking at these train stations, but at the same time, a feeling of wanderlust and happy nostalgia~

    Those stations hold many memories for the few individuals that use them, and that makes them unique in their own way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's so shabby with pics?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    rather than shabby those train station got character

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    Comment by Roy
    03:25 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hello

    Thanks for the great gallery, with the unfortunate name ...lol

    These Stations ROCK~! Triti

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    Comment by henwy
    20:33 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF? Shabby? 43 looks like a ski resort and 142 is a convention center.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These aren't shabby... in my rural hometown there's an 80 year old wooden station that's been shelled out but still in use, as well as a makeshift station that's literally a slab of concrete slapped over a hillside. That's a private line. On the JR leading out of my town there are very nostalgic looking stations as well. This photo set is comparatively modern and not run down at all.

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    19:09 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still think this is a weird hobby to have.

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    Comment by Chiaki H
    19:37 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what's really weird? Otaku that go and photograph rural stations BATHROOMS.

    http://ceyellowliner.net/rail/jrhanwa_eki/yamanakadani.htm

    Explain this to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You don't sound naive at all, it's called reminiscing a time when the moments lasted longer, where "now" didn't die within the next 5 seconds.

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    Comment by お茶
    22:48 21/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Shabby?
    These're beautiful and they are way better than those modern building we have now.
    Those modern buildings are just fighting to be the tallest building yet they hold no special meanings. At anytime in future, they can be replace easily just by another "tallest" building.

    Back to this post, each of these railway station hold a special memories for those past users. Looking at them keep me wondering how those users are feeling when they are at these station. Are they waiting to take a train back home or are they waiting for train to arrive and fetch their loved ones. Just thinking about them fills me with anticipations.

    I may sound naive. But sometimes it's good to be sentimental, emotional about these stuffs from the past. They remind us what we have now is build base on what we have from the past.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hey, at least their bathrooms are CLEAN - which is more than what I can say about where I came from.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    17:09 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah i knew i wasn't the only one that got the whole "5 cm per second" vibe from these, and maybe my eye's are seeing things but i think i saw the train station from the movie in one of these...

    Anyways, it's not about these looking shabby or whatnot, it really is about the memories one makes from a location such as this; it doesn't even have to be a train station. Whether it be a building from your childhood like a school, a train station, or even the tree where you told someone you loved them back when you were in grade school and you didn;t know what those particular words meant, but you sure as hell know what the feelings meant when you recall a memory from a location that burned itself into your mind and triggers moments of nostalgia when revisited at a later time in life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea I dun get it. Those train stations look small, not shabby. Shabby would mean dillapidated in this case. These places for the most part don't look neglected. Wtf?

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    Comment by dewert
    14:01 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shabby my ass. their rustic look blends so well with the foliage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shabby my ass.
    their rustic look blends so well with the foliage.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    04:11 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, cozy little stations in the countryside (sometimes in the middle of nowhere) are fascinating. They may look funny but not so shabby.

    I'm adding my own experience - I took these shots in 2003 near Kyoto:

    http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/7715/trainstation1.jpg

    http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2168/trainstation2.jpg

    Looking both sides from the same spot. What is not clear from the pics is, the station is on a large bridge between mountains, and 30+ meters below a river runs through! ^_^;

    Ah, if I recall correctly that's a JR line.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFi-hIrWCvQ

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:23 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. It is kind of romantic actually. The oldschool, one small shack being the entire train station. Very oldschool.

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    Comment by bluecarrot
    08:44 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yea, I can't agree that theyre really shabby, but seeing them all is kinda calming. Some sort of rural architectural power maybe? Or too many anime...

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    Comment by King Tiger
    19:24 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    midnight meat train

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me too, Most railway stations in Ukraine look worse than this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, there are a few decrepit old hulks in there, but most of them are just small, quaint or isolated. A few of them look pretty new, actually. This is more like a collection of "kawaii" train stations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they may look old and shabby but they have a clean look on them, shabby whabby

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't find most of them ugly, but one thing that bugs me is the localization of some of them. Once, when I lived in Shiga-ken, I overslept in the train back home and wake up some stops ahead... I got out in one of these tiny stations... that are localized in the middle of nowhere! seriously, there wasn't a single house for miles, just the dirty road and the station. I started wondering 'why the hell did they put one station here?!'...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    viewtifu1: You're right, there's NOTHING wrong with them. It's just another example of people incessantly stroking Tokyo's dick. I'm so tired of the blind worship surrounding that city. Let me tell you: I lived in the Japanese countryside for three years, and these stations were awesome. Each one was unique and interesting to visit, you were left alone to your thoughts or to the nature around you, and you had SPACE. Shuffle-walking up a flight of stairs just to get crammed into an already full car is not a sign of a "superior station" to me.

    And yes, some of the buildings themselves are a little rundown. But who cares? You don't even stay in the building. Nine times out of ten it's an open air covering with a ticket machine inside. Walk in, grab your ticket, go about your time.

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    Comment by viewtifu1
    19:51 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    some of them do look awesome. like i can sit on the bench for hours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Very much signed, dear 19:23 Anonymous. It's a bit less annoying in Kansai, but the Tokyo stations are just fugly. I like these "rural" stations a lot more, they at least have character and don't look and feel like an entrance to sterilization hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the Tokyo stations... I like that cold, impersonal, uncharacteristic feel. And these do, for the most part, look shabby in comparison... Of course other places in the world look even worse, but that's not the point.

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    Comment by John Beak
    19:09 21/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Shabby? Take out the Asian stuff and you get how all train stations (except for in cities) look around here...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:23 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as the last train stops at dusk.
    I don't fancy meeting ANYONE or ANYTHING in the dead dark...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's wrong about this? I think they are beautiful and kinda nostalgic.
    Also pic no.1 reminds me about ef series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You may call them shabby, but they actually look quite charming and those photos are awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I don't know what people are complaining about. #15 looks glorious to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Many of the small stations are quite charming actually.






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