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Doai Station (土合駅, Doai Eki) is a railway station on the Joetsu Line in Minakami, Gunma, Japan, operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

Doai Station
Doai station.jpg
Doai Station entrance in April 2016
Location 218-2 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken
Operated by JR logo (east).svg JR East
Line(s) Joetsu Line
Distance 69.3 km from Takasaki
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Depth 70 m
Platform levels 2
Opened 19 December 1936
Passengers (FY2011) 22 daily
Doai Station is located in Japan
Doai Station
Doai Station
Location within Japan



Doai Station is served by the Joetsu Line, and lies 69.3 km (43.1 mi) from the starting point of the line at Takasaki.

Station layoutEdit

Doai Station is unusual in that it has two single side platforms, one of which is elevated, and the other is located underground within the Shin-Shimizu Tunnel. The station is unattended. The underground platform for the northbound trains (to Echigo-Yuzawa and Nagaoka) is located 70 metres (230 ft) underground, in the middle of the 13,490-metre (44,260 ft) long Shin-Shimizu Tunnel. It only reachable by stairs, as there are no elevators or escalators.[1] It takes 10 minutes to walk the 486 steps from the ticket gate to the platform. The above-ground platform for the southbound trains (to Minakami) is at ground level. The climb up the steps from the underground platform features at the start of the novel, NHK dramatization and movie versions of Climber's High by Hideo Yokoyama.


underground  Joetsu Line for Echigo-Yuzawa, Urasa, Nagaoka, and Niigata
aboveground  Joetsu Line for Minakami, Takasaki, and Ueno

Adjacent stationsEdit

« Service »
Joetsu Line
Yubiso Local Tsuchitaru


The station opened on 19 December 1936.[2] With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR) on 1 April 1987, the station came under the control of JR East.[2]

Surrounding areaEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Doai Station: Journey to Japan's Deepest Station". Ridgeline Images. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Ishino, Tetsu, ed. (1998). 停車場変遷大辞典 国鉄・JR編[Station Transition Directory - JNR/JR] (in Japanese). II. Japan: JTB. p. 452. ISBN 4-533-02980-9. 

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