Japan Museums: Former JR Izumo Taisha Station
Former JR Izumo Taisha Station 旧JR大社駅
The Taisha Line was a branch line of what is now JR West that connected the Izumoshi Station on the Sanin Line with Izumo Taisha in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture.
Only 7.5 kilometers long, and with only three stations, it was closed in 1990 and all traces of it have gone save for the terminal station, Izumo Taisha.
The Izumo Taisha Station was completed and opened in 1924 and is unusual in that it is completely traditional and not incorporating any western architectural features like most other stations built at that time, and is now registered as an Important Cultural Property.
Outside stands the obligatory steam locomotive, while inside are mannequins wearing period uniforms as well as ticket machines and other historical equipment as well as photos. The station is a very popular destination for Japanese railway buffs.
It is located on the main road running into Taisha Town from Izumo and a little south of the Ichibata Railways Izumotaisha-mae station.
Former Izumo Taisha Station
441-3 Kita Araki
Hours:Open from 9am to 5pm; daily
The Former Izumo Taisha Station is open as a free museum.