Some pictures of train stations I passed through riding the Ibuski-Makurazaki Line in southern Kagoshima Pref..
Some benches along an unknown station.
The monument to the most southern JR train station in Japan. Nishioyama station.
A comment came in about this picture asking if there are trains in Okinawa. The most southern station in Japan is Akamine station on the Okinawa Monorail in Naha opened in 2003.
Nishioyama is the most southern of the JR stations. Further up the line is Yamakawa station which is the most southern manned station. Nishioyama is an unmanned station and all fares are collected by the engineer.
According to the Wikipeda on Nishioyama station (accessed 10/26/2009 09:00 JST):
Currently the pillar reads "The most southern station of JR," but the pillar was rewitten from "Most southern station on the mainland." The Okinawans said, "We're not the mainland?" and it was changed in 2004.
The end of the line: Makurazaki station.
Makurazaki station is hidden behind a row of cafes and a drug store. This alley is the only entrance.
Some of the stations are built right up against the hillside. Eiokawa station.
Underneath the staircase at Ibuski station.