Okuoi Kojo Station

The unmanned station in the middle of a river

By Richard Sweet    - 2 min read

In Kawane-Honcho, Shizuoka Prefecture, if you are willing to take a two-hour train ride from Kanaya, you can see some of the most beautiful Shizuoka landscapes. The highlight of the trip is a curious train station, Okuoi Kojo Station, located on a tiny island in a river.

Rainbow Bridge

When you arrive at the unmanned station, you'll see the "Happy Happy Bell" to the right of some stairs. Ring this bell with your partner, and the reverberation is supposed to bring you happiness. The walking path begins here. Walk along a bridge that parallels the railroad. At the top of the stairs, you'll arrive at "Rainbow Bridge", a good place to take iconic photos of the station. After taking some photos, you can continue on to the Love Romance Road bridges.

The Eight Bridges of Love Romance Road

From Rainbow Bridge, walk along the roadway for a few minutes. This road leads to a white suspension bridge. This bridge serves as the entrance to Love Romance Road. While you're not required to fall in love with your partner while walking this road, the magnificent view might inspire you to. Each bridge has a different style, so those interested in bridge architecture may enjoy the intricacies in the designs. The walk takes about 20 minutes, revealing great views.

Finishing Your Day Trip

After your stroll, there are some places to visit. You'll see local onsens, and some restaurants that serve Shizuoka's famous soul food, oden. Oden is a savory stew of boiled eggs, meat, and daikon simmered in dashi broth. Shizuoka's version uses soy sauce and beef stock for hearty flavor.

Your walk ends near Sesso-kyo Onsen Station. The last train returning train leaves at 4:30 p.m. If you would rather stay, book a night at one of the nearby authentic Japanese guest houses.

Getting there

Starting in Shizuoka City, take the JR Tokaido Line to Kanaya Station (approximately 45 minutes) and transfer to the Oigawa Railway. Depending on your timing, the Steam Locomotive Pass may be available for a ride on an authentic steam locomotive. The conductors play games with the passengers and explain some of the history of the route. The trip ends at Senzu Station, Transfer just one more time to the Ikawa Line. Ride 50 minutes to Okuoi Kojo Station (total trip time approximately 3 hours).

*Price listed is for purchasing a two-day or three-day all-you-can-ride pass, cheaper than a round trip ticket. A ride on the steam locomotive is an additional 820 yen.

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Qiyao Wang 2 months ago
Beautiful & Amazing!
Sleiman Azizi 3 months ago
"While you're not required to fall in love with your partner while walking this road, the magnificent view might inspire you to."

One of the best sentences ever! lol
Elizabeth S 3 months ago
The more I read about Shizuoka, the more I want to go again. So far, I’ve only explored Atami for onsen and Shimoda for the history of the Black Ships. The views from the trains are breathtaking, verdant countryside and ocean.
Peter Sidell 3 months ago
Shizuoka is great! Mishima is a cool town to hang out in, and there are some really nice, historic districts around Shizuoka City.
Sander van Werkhoven 3 months ago
Oigawa Railway! As a railway enthousiast this is very high on my list of places to visit. Unfortunately is haven't managed to fit it into my schedule so far. And the one time I could have, I knew beforehand that all of the steam trains on those days were fully booked weeks in advance. I guess Golden Week probably isn't the most ideal time to visit a place like this...
Kim B 3 months ago
There are definitely some unique train stations in Japan - I enjoyed learning about this one!