March 1, 2012

Yubari Station

This is Yubari Station. About 30 steps from the station is a ski resort hotel. I took this photo from the hotel corridor, and until I saw a train pull up, I had no idea it was a real station. It's so small, it seems more like an idea of a train station than the real thing.

About 15 steps from the station is a building that houses about eight izakaya bars. During the recent Yubari Fantastic Film Festival, it was the hangout in town. (Though quite literally, it really is the only hangout in town.)

In case you didn't know what tissues were for.

Seen from the other side of the train station: Mount Racey Ski Resort. With fresh snow every day, minimal visitors, and fairly cheap prices, it's an absolute shame that the resort isn't more popular.

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