- July 18th, 2016
[Aikoku Station in Obihiro] Aikoku Traffic Memorial Hall Is Famous for Steam Locomotive and Lucky Train Tickets
Aikoku Station (愛国駅) is a former station in Aikoku-cho located in the southern part of Obihiro city, and was closed in 1987. The station is preserved as Aikoku Traffic Memorial Hall (愛国交通記念館) at present, and still has some traces of the past. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.
Because this was a lucky station name (The kofuku means “A happiness” in Japanese), getting a train ticket with its station name became popular at that time. When a romantic slogan “From Aikoku to Kofuku (愛国から幸福行き * From Country of Love to Happiness)” particularly was announced in 1973, train tickets from Aikoku Station (Aikoku means Country of Love in Japanese) to the Kofuku Station became very popular. At that time, Ms. Yoko Seri (芹洋子), a Japanese singer, sung a song “愛の国から幸福へ (From Country of Love to Happiness)“. However, Hiroo Line (広尾線) was abolished for money-losing routes. Although the Kofuku Station was closed down, a station building has been preserved.
Kofuku Station (幸福駅) is a former station in Kofuku-cho located in the southern part of Obihiro city, and was closed in 1987. Around here was originally named “幸震 (Satsunai)”, but reading out loud is difficult, so they used “福 (Fuku)” and renamed “Kofuku” because a lot of emigrants from Fukui Prefecture (福井県) settled around here. The station is preserved as a traffic playground at present, and still has some traces of the past. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
A convenience store is built around here. The park is near Obihiro Airport, too. By the way, a highway bus “Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)” runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus “North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)” runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Look of Aikoku Station
A former station named “Aikoku Traffic Memorial Hall”, an old steam locomotive, an old platform, a park and a public restroom are built at the site. Railroad-related goods are displayed at the building, and commemorative tickets are put on walls. Visitors can buy the ticket near a shop. The former station is designated as a real life sacred place for couples, so a lot of couples come. In addition, Railfans come, too. By the way, the parking lot has the public restroom, and a lot of salarymen often use this place, too.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||From December to March * It opens a business only on Sunday during winter season.|
|Home page||Home page is this|
|Mapcode||124 323 140*41|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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