Kusatsu Station

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Kusatsu Station (草津駅) is a JR train station in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan on the JR Tokaido Main Line (Biwako Line) and JR Kusatsu Line operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

The station’s slanted roof lines are similar to the roof of the Kusatsu Honjin, one of Japan’s best preserved Honjin used for VIP lodging in former post towns. A traditional-looking gate (photo) and a road marker on the pedestrian deck add a nice touch.

One great thing about Kusatsu Station is the little tourist information booth right outside the turnstile. As soon as you give your ticket to go out, it’s right there. When staffed during the better part of the day, they are very helpful with directions to places. Local-area tourist pamphlets are also available at all times.

When a tourist gets off the train, the first thing he/she wants is a map of the place of arrival. Usually, you have to search for the map signboard or tourist info office if there is one. But Kusatsu Station is the rare exception where the tourist info booth and local brochures are right there outside the turnstile.

Kusatsu Station is Shiga’s busiest train station with the highest daily average of boarding passengers exceeding 27,000 in 2012. The second busiest is neighboring Minami-Kusatsu Station with over 24,000 passengers daily. In comparison, Otsu Station sees over 17,000 passengers daily and Kyoto Station has over 185,000 passengers. These numbers do not include the number of people getting off the train.

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Tokaido Main Line 東海道本線 in Shiga
Kyoto* 京都駅 | Yamashina* (Kyoto) 山科駅 | Otsu* 大津駅 | Zeze 膳所駅 | Ishiyama* 石山駅 | Seta 瀬田駅 | Minami-Kusatsu 南草駅 | Kusatsu* 津草津駅 | Ritto 栗東駅 | Moriyama* 守山駅 | Yasu* 野洲駅 | Shinohara 篠原駅 | Omi-Hachiman* 近江八幡駅 | Azuchi 安土駅 | Notogawa* 能登川駅 | Inae 稲枝駅 | Kawase 河瀬駅 | Minami-Hikone 南彦根駅 | Hikone* 彦根駅 | Maibara* 米原駅 | Samegai* 醒ヶ井駅 | Omi-Nagaoka* 近江長岡駅 | Kashiwabara* 柏原駅 | *Shin-kaisoku stations.
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Kusatsu 草津駅 | Tehara 手原駅 | Ishibe 石部駅 | Kosei 甲西駅 | Mikumo 三雲駅 | Kibukawa 貴生川駅 | Konan 甲南駅 | Terasho 寺庄駅 | Koka 甲賀駅 | Aburahi 油日駅 | Tsuge (Mie) 柘植駅
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