Japan’s ‘station closest to the ocean’ lives as much as its name

Place names in Japan may be misleading. In Tokyo, for instance, they ended up never constructing a kabuki theater within the Kabukicho (“Kabuki Town”) neighborhood, and Toranomon (“Tiger’s Gate”) district is full of white-collar staff, not orange-and-black jungle cats. So in the event you’re traveling in Niigata Prefecture and see that there’s a train station called Omigawa, meaning “blue ocean river,” bracing yourself for the likelihood that it doesn’t even have any gorgeous marine scenery could be the cautious thing to do.

Cautious, but additionally totally unnecessary…

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…because in the event you’re standing on the platform for westbound trains and look across the tracks, what you’ll see.

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…is a horizon marked only by a shift in shade of blue because the sea meets the sky.

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Omigawa, situated within the town of Kashiwazaki, touts itself as “the station closest to the ocean in all of Japan,” and while we’re undecided how official that title is, taking the overpass over to the opposite platform shows that you just really can’t get much closer than this.

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Trains only stop at Omigawa about once an hour, and the shortage of rumbling carriages signifies that you possibly can easily hear the sounds of the waves from the platform. The sound is so clear that it almost looks like it’s being piped in through the station’s speaker system as relaxing white noise, however it’s all natural, coming from the Sea of Japan shoreline.

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Although Omigawa isn’t the busiest station, it’s positioned on the JR Shinetsu Line, which connects Nagano and Niigata Stations. Nagano and Niigata Prefecture each have several popular travel destinations, and so the sightseeing train Koshino Shukura also stops at Omigawa.

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On account of the infrequent train service, in the event you’re trying to benefit from the view and snap some pictures from the Omigawa platform, you’re going to want to spend some time there. Luckily, there are a handful of other worthwhile attractions in the realm, equivalent to the Yoneyama Bridge, Koibito Misaki coastal park, and Nihonkai Fisherman’s Cape seafood market and souvenir center.

▼ Yoneyama Bridge

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And in the event you need much more seaside station beauty in Niigata, there’s one other stop value stopping at lower than an hour away.

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