Today’s ranking looks at the coolest station names in Japan. I’ll present the kanji characters, the English transliteration, and a short translation of explanation of the name.

Note that the two Disneyland monorail stations have names “station station” – the first is English to be cool, then eki, the Japanese for station.

I’ve lived beside two of the cool names below, and in the same town as a third, but my current local station might feature in a cutest list!

Here’s Bishamon station versus Bishamon himself – you choose which is cooler:

Bishamon-Ten, roi gardien du Nord (Vaisravana) (14316580832)
Tsugaru-railway-Bishamon-station-platform-20110615-100622

Ranking result

Rank
Station
English
Description
Votes
1
竜王駅
Ryuo station
Dragon king
64
2
毘沙門駅
Bishamon station
Buddhist war god
63
3
九頭竜湖駅
Kuzuryuko station
Nine-headed dragon lake
57
4
龍王峡駅
Ryuokyo station
Dragon king gorge
51
4
虎ノ門駅
Toranomon station
Tiger’s gate
51
6
神楽坂駅
Kagurazaka station
Entertaining the gods slope
45
6
天空橋駅
Tenkubashi station
Heavenly bridge
45
8
嵐電天神川駅
Randen Tenjingawa station
Heavenly gods river (Randen is the rail company name, but can be translated as the rather cool “Storm electric”)
41
9
四天王寺前夕陽ケ丘駅
Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka station
Sunset hill in front of four kings of heaven temple
40
10
天竜川駅
Tenryugawa station
Heavenly dragon River
39
10
雲雀丘花屋敷駅
Hibarigaoka Hanayashiki station
Skylark hill and flower mansion
39
12
天橋立駅
Amanohashidate station
Heavenly bridge
38
12
天神駅
Tenjin station
Gods of heaven
38
14
豪徳寺駅
Gotokuji station
Powerful virtue temple
37
14
竜舞駅
Ryumai station
Dragon dance
37
16
天王寺駅
Tennoji station
Heavenly kings temple
36
16
倶利伽羅駅
Kurikara station
Name of a dragon king
36
16
金剛駅
Kongo station
Adamantine
36
19
祇園四条駅
Gion-Shijo Station
Geisha area in Kyoto-fourth station
35
20
聖蹟桜ヶ丘駅
Seiseki-sakuragaoka Station
Holy site cherry-blossom hill
34
20
海神駅
Kaijin station
Sea god
34
20
強羅駅
Gora station
Might be “rocky world”, from Sanskrit
34
20
宮本武蔵駅
Miyamoto Musashi station
Famous samurai
34
24
海王丸駅
Kaioumaru station
Sea king
33
24
虎姫駅
Torahime station
Tiger princess
33
24
五百羅漢駅
Gohyakurakan station
500 arhat (worthy ones)
33
24
リゾートゲートウェイ・ステーション駅
Resort Gateway Station station
Disneyland monorail station
33
28
有栖川駅
Arisugawa station
Ex-royal dynasty name
30
28
神宮寺駅
Jinguji station
Shrine and temple
30
30
伏見稲荷駅
Fushimi Inari station
Famous fox shrine name
29
30
ベイサイド・ステーション駅
Bayside Station station
Another Disneyland station
29
30
海の王迎駅
Umi-no-Omukae station
Meet the sea king
29
33
竜ヶ崎駅
Ryugasaki station
Dragon headland
28
33
天王洲アイル駅
Tennozu Isle station
Heavenly king sandbank isle
28
33
長久手古戦場駅。ながくてこせんじょう駅愛知県
Nagakute Kosenjo station
Nagakute old battlefield
28
36
鬼越駅
Onigoe station
Surpass the demon
27
37
御嶽山駅
Ontakesan station
Sacred grove mountain
26
38
将軍山駅
Shogunzan station
Shogun mountain
25
38
恵比寿駅
Ebisu station
God of wealth
25
38
大釈迦駅
Daishaka station
Great Buddha
25
38
畝傍御陵前駅
Unebigoryo-mae station
In front of the tomb of Emperor Jimmu
25
42
宝塚駅
Takarazuka station
Treasure hill
24
43
ユニバーサルシティ駅
Universal City station
Universal Studios Japan access
23
43
神武寺駅
Jimmuji station
Emperor Jimmu temple
23
43
東京テレポート駅
Tokyo Teleport station
Tele for rapid communication like telephone and television, and port as in harbour.
23
46
神城駅
Kamishiro station
Castle of the gods
22
47
武蔵大和駅
Musashi Yamato station
Famous samurai and ancient name for Japan
21
48
ハーバーランド駅
Harborland station
Land at Kobe harbour
19
48
スペースワールド駅
Space World station
Near the now shut Space World theme park
19
48
とうきょうスカイツリー駅
Tokyo Skytree station
By Skytree
19
48
品川シーサイド駅
Shinagawa Seaside station
In Shinagawa ward, by the sea
19
52
コスモスクエア駅
Cosmosquare station
 
18
53
覚王山駅
Kakuozan station
One of the names of Buddha mountain
16
53
スクリーン駅
Screen station
By factory named Screen
16
53
厄神駅
Yakujin station
God of pestilence
16
56
大和西大寺駅
Yamato-Saidaiji station
Yamato west great temple
15
56
白金高輪駅
Shirokane Takanawa station
White gold Takanawa (place name)
15
56
王子駅
Oji station
Prince
15
56
門戸厄神駅
Mondoyakujin Station
Door to the god of pestilence
15
60
神領駅
Jinryo station
Territory of the gods
14
60
ウッディタウン中央駅
Woody Town Chuo station
Woody Town central
14
60
龍岡城駅
Tatsuokajo station
Dragon hill castle
14
60
溜池山王駅
Tameike Sanno station
Reservoir mountain god
14
64
八王子駅
Hachioji station
Eight princes
11
64
長者ヶ浜潮騒はまなす公園前駅
Chojagahama Shiosai Hamanasu Koenmae station
Long and cool name
11
66
高輪ゲートウェイ駅
Takanawa Gateway station
Gateway in English is cool
10
67
千歳烏山駅
Chitosekarasuyama station
Thousand year bird mountain
8
67
宗吾参道駅
Sogosando station
Legendary farmer Sogo shrine approach
8

Demographics

On the 30th of July 2020 500 members of the Freeasy monitor group aged between 20 and 49 years old completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.


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