Sunday, February 17, 2013

Izumotaisha-Mae Station - 出雲大社前駅


Place Name: Izumotaisha-Mae Station - 出雲大社前駅
Type: Train Station 駅
Location: Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, JAPAN
Latitude: 35.393569
Longitude: 132.687108
Date of Visit: January 4, 2006 & December 26, 2012
Access:  Ichibata Electric Railway
Average Daily Passengers (2010): 504 
Date Opened: February 3, 1930
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Izumotaisha-Mae Station is a beautiful example of what a Japanese railway architecture can be. Stepping into this newly restored 1930's station you can feel the energy from that time long ago. The old ticket booths, hand cracked departure board and stained class windows stand out, but simple things like the heavy doors and benches help to produce a magical atmosphere. The Ichibata trains behind the station show the wear and tear of years gone-by but they still creek and shuffle down the rails without a sign of giving up. When I first came here in 2006 unaware of exactly where I was going or what I was doing, I could feel the something ethereal about this train line and the shrine it gives access to.  These relics of the past that are still alive are a part of the living history that is always just around the corner in Japan.

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