There are around 10,000 railway stations in Japan.
Speaking of Japan’s railways, the Shinkansen Bullet Train running all across the country is well known. Nonetheless local commuter trains operated by Japan Railways,private railways, etc. play an important role in the common people’s daily life. The station in the picture is one of the typical country stations in Oita Prefecture,Kyushu, that contributes to the existence of the locals. Unlike the Shinkansen, almost all the gauge of Japan’s railway introduces a narrow-gauge track originally imported from the U.K. and trains a few cars long, a local or rapid-service commuter train, are in service every 10 to 30 minutes in most cases.
By Masahisa Takaki.
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