Yairo Station

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Yairo Station (八色駅, Yairo-eki) is a railway station located in the city of Minamiuonuma, Niigata, Japan. This station is operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and serves as a crucial stop along the Jōetsu Line. Yairo Station, situated in a picturesque area, offers essential transportation services for both local commuters and travelers passing through Niigata Prefecture.

Lines[edit | edit source]

Yairo Station is an integral part of the Jōetsu Line, a major railway route in Japan. It is positioned 127.0 kilometers from the southern terminus of the line at Takasaki, making it a key transit point for passengers traveling between Takasaki and destinations in Niigata Prefecture.

Station Layout[edit | edit source]

The station features a simple and functional design. It comprises two ground-level, unnumbered side platforms, each serving two tracks. These platforms are conveniently connected by a level crossing, providing passengers with easy access between the two sides of the station. While Yairo Station lacks a formal station building, it offers weather shelters on each platform to shield commuters from the elements. Notably, the station is unstaffed.

Platforms[edit | edit source]

The platforms at Yairo Station are as follows:

  • East Platform: Serving trains bound for Nagaoka on the Jōetsu Line.
  • West Platform: Serving trains heading towards Ishiuchi, Echigo-Yuzawa, and Minakami on the Jōetsu Line.

History[edit | edit source]

Yairo Station commenced operations on 1 January 1965, becoming an essential transportation hub for the Minamiuonuma area. On 1 April 1987, as part of the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), Yairo Station came under the management of JR East, ensuring its continued role in facilitating regional and long-distance travel.

Surrounding Area[edit | edit source]

Yairo Station is located in close proximity to various points of interest and infrastructure:

  • Minami-Koide Industrial Park: This industrial park plays a vital role in the local economy, fostering business growth and employment opportunities.
  • National Route 17: A major roadway that intersects with the railway, offering seamless connectivity for commuters and travelers

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • Official Website (in Japanese)

Location[edit | edit source]

  • Address: Goka, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata-ken 949-7301, Japan
  • Coordinates: 37.1917°N 138.9351°E
  • Operated by: JR East
  • Line(s): Jōetsu Line
  • Distance: 127.0 km from Takasaki
  • Platforms: 2 side platforms
  • Tracks: 2
  • Status: Unstaffed

Services[edit | edit source]

Preceding Station:

  • Urasa - Towards Takasaki

Following Station:

  • Koide - Towards Nagaoka

Yairo Station stands as a symbol of efficient transportation infrastructure in Minamiuonuma, offering passengers a gateway to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of Niigata Prefecture while supporting the region's economic activities.