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“Average train station from the outside but a million stairs!”
Review of Doai Station

Doai Station
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Arriving from Echigo Yuzawa you are on ground level but if you come from Minakami station there are 500 stairs to climb. Apparently its the deepest station in Japan...

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This place is really something. An impressive man made structure, a Cold War bunker feel and with the addition of an eerie spooky sensation.
I don't want to give away to much as we were given very little, just that you must visit late in the night and it's spooky and baron. The haunted ness is said to come from the hundreds of climbers that have perished in the nearby mountains.
Once you enter the station from the road, take a left and follow the tunnel and you are there.
The stairs are monstrous, 468 in total so be prepared for a leg workout after you finally get to the bottom and need to exit.
It's long, it's eerie and it's spooky. I'm somewhat repeating myself here but the less you know the better.
The campers at the stations entrance really add to it and give it a very unused feel.
Bring a friend or 2 so you can comfort each other

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Reviewed 6 October 2015

Doai Station is said to be the most haunted station in Japan. The mountain nearby - Tanigawadake, has claimed more lives than any other mountain in the world, so perhaps the station is haunted by the souls of the hikers looking to find their way home. The station itself has nearly 500 stairs in a shaft, connecting the surface with the platform below. It has a an eerie, Cold War bunker feel to it and gets windy when trains enter the tunnel below. It's a sight to see in itself and can be reached by local train, 2 stops from Minakami Station. Exit here and walk the 5 mins up the road from the station to the warm atmosphere of Tenjin Lodge.

2  Thank GYoung71
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Doai Station is on the Joetsu Line that heads from Minakami in Gunma to Echigo-Yuzawa in Niigata.. To get there it has to go under Mount Tanigawa. The station before Doai is Yubiso and that is the start of over 10kms of tunnel. By the time the train reaches Doai it is deep under the mountains. To get back to the surface from the underground platform at Doai you have to climb hundreds of steps. If you arrive at the station by car, head inside, turn left and prepare to be amazed!

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