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One hundred and thirty feet underground, this dystopian station might looks like a bunker in the Fallout games, but at least the trains aren’t late. After all, it’s in Japan.

This is Tsutsuishi Station in Niigata. It’s unlike any station you’ll see in the country. Lee Chapman at Tokyo Times explains:

First built in 1912, it was originally above ground, but all that changed when the new station opened in 1969. Now it’s 40 metres deep, and the only way to access the 2 platforms is by navigating several damp tunnels and their 290 steps. A trek Tsutsuishi’s 25 or so daily passengers have to make without any aid whatsoever, as there are no lifts or escalators.

Below are photos of the station via Tokyo Times.

The outside of the station looks normal enough. But once you go inside...

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Goodness.

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Check out the platform.

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Damn.

Leaving the station is equally dreary.

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On Tokyo Times, there are recordings of the station’s announcements, which are fittingly bleak.

More of Chapman’s work can be seen on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. His portfolio may be viewed here.


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