‘Taisha Station’ in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, is an abolished railway station of West Japan Railway Company, which has been well preserved.
Taisha Station was built for the visitors to ‘Izumo-taisha’ Shinto Shrine, one of the leading Shinto shrines in Japan. Present wooden building entirely in Japanese style was completed in 1924, designed after the exterior of nearby Izumo-taisha Shinto shrine. An express train was running between Tokyo and this station though, this service discontinued in 1990 because of the development of Japan’s motorization. Not only the whole building, but also the various kinds of fittings and accessories, such as illumination, signboards and office furniture, remain intact. The old atmosphere of the days comes across once you enter this old station building, which was designated as an important cultural asset.