Area World is lifeless, lengthy dwell Area World Station.
The tip of 2017 was a tragic day for the individuals of Kitakyushu. After 27 years of operation, the town’s Area World theme park was closing its gates for good. Identified for its space-themed sights and life-sized house shuttle reproduction, it was a beloved getaway for a lot of within the space, however all good issues should come to an finish.
Nevertheless, given the large dimension of the coasters and shuttles, they’ve solely simply completed clearing the area this yr. Now an outlet mall is about to open on the huge property, providing a unique form of leisure: the fun of nice costs on premium model items.
Anybody seeking to benefit from these factory-direct costs will simply need to take the Kagoshima Most important Line to Area World Station.
Sure, though the park has been gone for almost fours years, its reminiscence lives on within the title of the prepare station that stood proper outdoors its entrance gates. Although most would count on that the title of the station would change in some unspecified time in the future after its namesake’s departure, Maidona Information spoke with workers there and realized that it wasn’t the case.
JR Kyushu reps knowledgeable them that there haven’t been and nonetheless aren’t any plans to alter the title of Area World Station, as a result of – and I’m paraphrasing right here – it could be an enormous ache within the butt to take action.
▼ About as enormous as dismantling a life-sized house shuttle.
It’s comprehensible too, as altering a station’s title isn’t any easy activity in Japan’s extremely interconnected and labyrinthine rail system. Changing the signage is simply the tip of the iceberg. All maps must be rewritten, IC card programs would additionally have to be reworked, and tickets and month-to-month passes would have to be reconfigured with allowances made for these nonetheless in circulation.
It’s not an unattainable activity by any stretch, but it surely’s expensive sufficient that JR simply doesn’t really feel it’s price doing at this level. Based on tweets responding to the information, it could appear that their lack of motivation has the assist of many individuals too.
“Area World Station won’t ever change!”
“Area World Station is nice as a result of I get a small feeling of closure each time I go via.”
“I prefer it. It’s nostalgic.”
“Sports activities Depot Station could be extra correct now although.”
“I need them to maintain it as it’s.”
“Possibly they need to change the title of the outlet mall to Area World as a substitute?”
“They nonetheless have a Toshimaen Station in Tokyo, so I believe Area World Station is ok.”
There are plenty of stations all throughout Japan named after long-gone amusement parks, faculties, museums, and so forth. Nonetheless, plenty of these names have a sure ambiguity that tends to mix in with common station names, whereas “Area World Station” actually stands proud like a sore thumb.
It’s actually exhausting to see that title and never count on a really particular type of enjoyable ready for you whenever you arrive. Apparently, a science museum is deliberate to open contained in the mall, which can be a little bit bit space-themed, however remains to be a far cry from a full-blown “house world.”
▼ The odd signal with aliens on it may nonetheless be discovered right here and there too.
So, from now, we might even see astronomy fanatics with outdated journey guides arriving and complaining in regards to the lack of house stuff at Area World Station. It’s not a far-fetched situation both: Fujiyamashita Station which interprets to “Beneath Fuji Mountain Station” in Gunma Prefecture — and 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from the precise Mt. Fuji — has been seeing wayward vacationers arrive on its platform for many years.
In conclusion, we must always let all followers of enjoyable and house exploration know that they need to not go to Area World Station, and as a substitute would do nicely to go to the JAXA Tsukuba Area Middle which is a couple of 30-minute stroll from the aptly named Tsukuba Station in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Sadly although, you would possibly nonetheless get misplaced inside the middle as a result of their maps oddly resemble anime girls. Touring is rarely simple.