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Report - Himeji monorail - Japan

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Mukatsuku, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Mukatsuku

    Mukatsuku Guest

    Up until recently, I've been living near Himeji, Japan - famous for it's wonderful castle and the film locations of Last Samurai, You Only Live Twice and Shogun (TV series).
    I'd seen these struts for a rail system that were in an obvious state of decay and often wondered what they were for yet for some reason, I only actually investigated them around 6 months ago, a couple of months before moving back to Newcastle.
    It turned out that many years ago, Himeji had a monorail system that didn't attract enough visitors, so they closed it down 28 years ago, leaving much of the rails intact.
    What is interesting for this forum, however, is the monorail station that they left behind - Tegarayama station.
    They drove the monorail cars into Tegarayama station and sealed it up, leaving everything exactly as it was 28 years ago.

    I am sure there would be a way to get inside, and when I hopefully move back to Japan, next year, I would like to check it out.
    I've found a documentary where they opened the doors on a one-off occasion for a TV show crew and it really re-defines the meaning of "well preserved". It's incredible how good the condition is, especially considering the humidity in Japan.
    Skip to 1.15 in the video to get past the discussion in Japanese and get to where it shows the tracks and inside the station. I would love to explore this station!
    #1 Mukatsuku, Dec 30, 2008
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