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Mōka Station

Moka, Japan

Looking for the train station? Try the building shaped like a train. 

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The Japanese Mōka Railway Line has been in operation for over 110 years, with its eponymous Mōka Station opening on April 1, 1912. 

In the small city of Mōka, the station building company headquarters stands out. Mōka Station is not distinguished simply for its large size, the iconic punctual trains it serves, or the preserved locomotives it displays. Instead, the most distinctive feature of this station is the result of its 1997 transformation, a reimagining of the site that turned this centennial station into a four-story replica steam train. 

Complete with a smokestack, headlight, and window wheels, the Mōka Station is an architectural artwork that serves not only as a train station but also contains a fourth-floor observation deck, and a ground-floor local information center.

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