Train station by the seaside with no easy exit

The Umi-Shibaura station sign.

I visited the Umi-Shibaura station, a train station situated near to the Tokyo bay. Mainly a hop on/off station catered to employees of Toshiba’s Keihin Product Operations (hereby “Toshiba”), it is situated within the premises of Toshiba, however, the public is allowed to ride on the train, but not exiting the station compound if they are not a Toshiba employee.

It is famous for the awesome view of the sea, industrial buildings, bridges, basically man made items. Under a good weather, one can even view the sunset from the station platform.

View of the sea from the station platform.

I went there on a sunny yet chilly Saturday afternoon, reaching there a few hours before sunset after a nearly 2 hours of train ride and multiple train transits. As it was a popular spot, many people came here too.

Many passengers exited the train to take a photo.

The station compound really is something – it is small and unmanned. One can “enter” and “exit” the station, but not leaving the station compound.

Entrance to the Toshiba compound. It is accessible to employees of Toshiba only.

Within the station compound, there was not a vending machine around, so people who wanted to have a quick snack or gulp might frown at this fact. There was not a toilet too. However, there is a park, said to be built by Toshiba, just outside the station “exit” and located near the entrance to Toshiba’s compound.

The sign placed at the entrance of Shibaura park. It opens from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m..

The Shibaura park is small, yet satisfying to be at. There are several benches that one can sit to enjoy the sea, smokes coming out from the chimney, boats travelling through the sea, and even looking at the sunset. I can imagine someone bringing their drawing set and drawing away.

Small pathway within the grounds of the park.
Train served within the JR Tsurumi line which stopped at Umi-Shibaura station temporarily for the next departure.
Picturesque view of the bridge and industrial buildings nearby.

Partly due to COVID-19 and the 90th anniversary of the opening of JR Tsurumi line, a gong was offered for the public to interact with it. “Hit the gong, and your bad luck(s) will be driven away.”, it said.

The visit to here is inspired by this site. I plan to visit even more stations to awe at the beautiful sights that they offer!

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