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Monday, June 17, 2024

Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #15 – Mochida

Consider practice stations in Japan and the mighty Shinjuku station is certain to return to thoughts for many individuals. That’s the world’s busiest practice station, and Japan monopolises the highest 50 record with solely 5 of them not on this nation. Nevertheless, on the different finish of the dimensions are some tiny stations that are often unstaffed and utilized by only a few commuters.

Station: Mochida

Prefecture: Saitama

Line(s): Chichibu Principal Line

Common No. of Every day Passengers: 938


After I was just lately within the Gyoda space of Saitama Prefecture I visited the Daichoji statue (which featured on this ‘High 10 sizable statues of word in Higher Tokyo‘ put up) and Oshi Fort. Afterwards I realised that no buses have been imminent so I frantically looked for the quickest strategy to get to Kumagaya station as I needed to get someplace by a sure time. Fortunately, there have been a few pretty equidistant choices however I selected Mochida moderately than the neighbouring Gyodashi station.


The non-public railway operator Chichibu Railway is answerable for Mochida station which opened 100 years in the past in November 1924. It lies about 5 kilometres east of Kumagaya (Japan’s hottest metropolis!) and might be discovered within the metropolis of Gyoda which in itself is situated in north-central Saitama, with the Tone River separating it from Gunma Prefecture.

Cash solely!

It might be a small station but it surely has the whole lot one may have reminiscent of bathroom amenities, a parking lot, a motorbike shed, timetable data, a card reader and a ticket machine! Nevertheless, after I was there the very old style machine had a bit of inexperienced tape protecting the slot for notes (or payments in the event you choose!) saying they weren’t accepted.


There’s a single island platform serving two tracks that includes some previous signage and an enthralling ready space with a rusty roof for modest safety from the weather.


On my unique method to Mochida station I noticed an elaborately anime-decorated practice heading in the wrong way to the place I used to be going. Though I’m not into animation I did half hope {that a} similar-looking practice would take me to Kumagaya but it surely was sadly only a common one and simply six minutes later I used to be at my vacation spot.

Click on on the next hyperlinks for earlier ‘Unstaffed Stations of Japan’ posts…

1. Kamiyagi   #2. Funamachi   #3. Inazusa   #4. Yodo   #5. Nebukawa   #6. Miyamae   #7. Arao   #8. Higashi-Abiko   #9. Nukazawa   #10. Shin Shibaura   #11. Kubiki   #12. Kamakurakōkōmae   #13. Daishimae   #14. Minami-Takada

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