Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Shikoku Autumn 2014 四国秋季之旅 - Nakamura Station 中村駅

Nakamura Station (TK40) on Nakamura/Sukumo line.
Alight here to visit Shimanto River, the longest river in Shikoku is also referred as the last clear river in Japan because there are no dams constructed along the entire river.

JR Shikoku or Tosa Kuroshio Railway? Even though both Nakamura and Sukumo line are operated by Tosa Kuroshio Railway, limited express trains owned by JR Shikoku also serve the train stations along both lines. When these trains arrived at Kubokawa station, the interchange station between Dosan and Nakamura lines, there is a changeover of service crew between JR Shikoku and Tosa Kuroshio Railway. It is interesting to see a complete change in train conductor, dressed in a different uniform, and hear a different voice over the PA system after the train moves off from this station.

Award wining train station. Nakamura Station undergone a major renovation in 2010. The team (nextstations) behind this project wanted to redefine people's impression of a train station in a rural area. The interior was revitalised with a modern concept, using wood as the core material of construction. A sense of warmth, created by both the yellow lighting and natural lighting that shines in through the huge glass panels, can be felt in the waiting area. Such small interventions within an existing structure has expanded the space for people's movement, making it more passenger-friendly. The team has also won numerous design related awards for this project. This award winning design was featured in many magazines and the high recognition has attracted people to pay this train station a visit.

Apart from local trains, the following limited express trains serve Nakamura station.
(1) Limited Express Shimanto, which commutes between Takamatsu and Kochi, Nakamura and Sukumo.
(2) Limited Express Nanpu, which commutes between Okayama, Kochi and Nakamura.
(3) Limited Express Ashizuri, which commutes between Kochi, Nakamura and Sukumo.


What's nearby?

(1) Bus stop, located in front of train station.
Board the bus covering Nakamura/Shimizu/Ashizuri/Sukumo route (中村・清水・足摺・宿毛線)
to visit Cape Ashizuri (足摺岬). Bus journey takes about 1 hr 40 mins.
Bus schedule:

(2) Tourist Information Center (Shimanto City Tourism Association), about 5 minutes walk from train station.
Walked to the tourist information center to arrange a sightseeing taxi to cover Cape Ashizuri with the assistance rendered by the staff on duty. One of the best way to explore Shimanto River and its bridges is by bicycles and the tourist information center here provides rental services as well.


Commemorative stamp:

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