Hitachi Station, a station with a stunning view of the ocean

Hitachi Station (日立駅, Hitachi-eki) is the railway station of Hitachi city in Ibaraki Prefecture. It is operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and is served by the Joban Line. It is also a freight station of JR Freight. The station offers a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

Hitachi Station was opened in 1897 as Sukegawa Station. It was renamed to Hitachi Station in 1939, the same year that the town of Hitachi merged with the town of Sukegawa to form the city of Hitachi. The current station building was completed in April 2012 and was designed by Kazuyo Sejima, one of Japan’s most important architects, who was born in Hitachi. In 2010, Sejima was awarded the Pritzker Prize (the prize is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture). Among her works is the Sumida Hokusaki Museum in Tokyo.

Hitachi Station is an hour and a half by express train from Tokyo’s Ueno Station.

photos: Junko Nagata ©