Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to get to a destination that we forget to take in our surroundings. But that’s not the case when passengers step onto the platform of the Seiryu Miharashi train station in Japan. In fact, they have no choice but to take in the view. Opened in March 2019 on the Nishikigawa Seiryu Line in the southern part of the country is an unusual platform that has no exit and no entrance. The intention of this design is to encourage travelers to take some time to admire the nature around them before they resume their journey.
Seiryu Miharashi station is situated in the Yamaguchi Prefecture between the towns of Naguwa and Nekasa. Its name literally translates to “Clear Stream Viewing Platform,” referencing its position overlooking the Nishiki River. Only a few specialty trains make the stop at this unusual station, and when passengers disembark there, they will find no ramps, gates, or pathways to lead them to a destination. Seiryu Miharashi is completely isolated in the mountainous environment, so people must wait for another train to stop when they want to leave.
The highly unique nature of this station has made it a popular stop for travelers and rail enthusiasts. Those who are lucky enough to make the trip are able to get a glimpse of the untouched beauty of the region and can appreciate the time they have to slow down and spend there.
An unusual train station has opened in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan.