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Kuroiso Station

JR Tohoku Main Line Curious Station Platform 1
Platform 1 of JR Tohoku-Main-Line Kuroiso Station
General information
Location1 Honchō, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi-ken 325-0056
Coordinates36°58′11.98″N 140°3′34.24″E / 36.9699944°N 140.0595111°E / 36.9699944; 140.0595111Coordinates: 36°58′11.98″N 140°3′34.24″E / 36.9699944°N 140.0595111°E / 36.9699944; 140.0595111
Operated by
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JR East
Line(s)Tōhoku Main Line
Distance163.3 km from Tokyo
Platforms2 island +1 side platforms
ConnectionsBus stop
Other information
StatusStaffed (Midori no Madoguchi)
WebsiteOfficial website
OpenedDecember 1, 1886
FY20192316 daily
Preceding station
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JR East
Following station
Terminus Tōhoku Line
towards Morioka
towards Tokyo
Utsunomiya Line
Kuroiso Station is located in Tochigi Prefecture
Kuroiso Station
Kuroiso Station
Location within Tochigi Prefecture
Kuroiso Station is located in Japan
Kuroiso Station
Kuroiso Station
Kuroiso Station (Japan)

Kuroiso Station (黒磯駅, Kuroiso-eki) is a railway station in the city of Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).


Kuroiso Station serves as the terminal station for two subsections of the JR East Tōhoku Main Line, connecting the Utsunomiya Line (for Utsunomiya, Ōmiya, and Ueno to the south) and the Southern Tōhoku Main Line (for Fukushima, Sendai, and Morioka to the north). It lies 163.3 km from the starting point of the line at Tokyo.

Station layout

This station has one side platform and two island platforms serving a total of five tracks. The platforms are connected to the station building by a footbridge. The station has a Midori no Madoguchi staffed ticket office.


1-3  Utsunomiya Line for Utsunomiya, Ōmiya, Ueno, Tokyo, Yokohama, Atami (via JT Tokaido Line)
4-5  Tohoku Main Line for Shin-Shirakawa


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Kuroiso Station began operation on December 1, 1886, as a station of Nippon Railway. The Nippon Railway was nationalized on November 1, 1906, and the station became a JGR station From June 1, 1949, the station came under the control of the JNR. The portion of the Utsunomiya Line from Hōshakuji - Kuroiso was electrified (1.5 kV DC) on May 22, 1959, and the section from Kuroiso - Shiroishi was electrified (20 kV 50 Hz AC) on July 1, 1959. With the privatization of JNR on April 1, 1987, the station came under the control of JR East.

The dead section between AC and DC electrification section was just located within this station. Trains drag by electric locomotive should change to AC-powered locomotive for northern bound, or DC-powered for southern, and electric multiple units require dropping pantograph when changing the power. This electric-changing system is hard to maintain, and in 2008 a maintenance worker was killed by electric shock.[citation needed] In 2013, JR East decided to change power lines in this station to be purely DC-powered. The renovation of power system has changed since then, and on 1 January 2018, the dead section has re-located at a place near bridge northern of the station.

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2019, the station was used by an average of 2316 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[1]

Surrounding area

The station, located in the former city of Kuroiso, sits in front of a street lined with several local cafes and businesses. Having a bus terminal, it also serves as a gateway to the neighboring town of Nasu, known in Japan for its mountain hot springs and as the location of the Nasu Imperial Villa.

See also


  1. ^ 各駅の乗車人員 (2019年度) [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2019)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.

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