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Ikusabata Station – Tokyo

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 13, 2015

“Around the Station: There are some shops and houses.”
— Wikipedia, Ikusabata Station

It is easy to forget that the majority of land even in Tokyo consists of fields, forests and almost impregnable mountains. You quickly get used to jostling with literally millions of other people every day on trains, subways and streets of this bustling metropolis. But there is another Tokyo, for example, Ikusabata Station. I just love the Wikipedia entry to this Tokyo station located in Ome City on the Ome line. Some houses is partly correct, but as for shops, well, I saw one I think (which incidentally sold ice cream at below market costs). The station was built in 1929 and apparently serves about 238 people per day, but I think that figure is wildly optimistic. The station these days is totally unmanned.

The interesting name, that literally translates as Battle Field, comes from the bitter battle that took place in 1560 in this area, between the local lord Mita whose clan had dominated the area for over 250 years, and the Hachioji lord Hojo. The field beneath the Castle Karakai is now called Ikusabata and it has given the name of the station. Nothing remains of the castle, apart from a few blocks of stone too heavy to move.










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  1. vitriolicmasochist said, on March 14, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Reblogged this on your worst nightmare and commented:
    I want to go here so badly!


    • tokyobling said, on March 27, 2015 at 3:24 am

      It is lovely and absolutely nothing to see or do except the silence and calm.


  2. icthelion said, on March 15, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Looks like heaven compared to the rest of Tokyo.


    • tokyobling said, on March 27, 2015 at 3:25 am

      Haha… I wouldn’t be that unfavorable to the rest of Tokyo. (^-^;)


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