The platform sign of Yoshioka-Kaitei
View of Yoshioka-Kaitei Station
is a train station within the Seikan Tunnel on the Kaikyo Line in Fukushima, HokkaidŇć, Japan. It is operated by Hokkaido Railway Company. The station is located 149.5 metres (490.5 feet) below sea level, making it the deepest underground station in Japan.
One of two
stations located within the Seikan Tunnel, along with Tappi-Kaitei
Station, it serves as an emergency escape point.
segmenting the undersea tunnel, in the event of fire or other
disaster the stations provide safety equivalent to that of a much
shorter tunnel. The effectiveness of the escape shafts located at
the emergency stations is enhanced by exhaust fans that suck up
smoke, television cameras to route passengers to safety, thermal
(infrared) fire alarm systems and water spray nozzles.
Previously the station contained a museum detailing the history and
function of the tunnel, and could be visited on special sightseeing
tours. However, while Tappi-Kaitei remains as a museum,
Yoshioka-Kaitei was closed to regular services on March 17
to make way for
A special Doraemon
-themed train was then
started running on July 15 2006
to the station, which staged a exhibition. This
service continued until August 27 2006
, while the station was shut down and to be used as
storage space for HokkaidŇć Shinkansen building materials.