Japan's JR Hitachi Station Sits In A Glass Box Overlooking The Sea With Amazing Sunset Views

Japan's JR Hitachi Station Sits In A Glass Box Overlooking The Sea With Amazing Sunset Views

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By Rachel on 15 Dec 2022
Senior Digital Editor

We already know that Japan spares no effort when it comes to decor - not just for their themed cafes and themed hotels, but also their trains. Where else can you find Hello Kitty bullet trains, Pikachu rail transport, and Duffy monorails leading to Disneyland?

But it’s not just the trains that are novel and unique, for there are many train stations that are worthy of mention as well. One of these is JR Hitachi Station in Ibaraki, near Tokyo, which sits in a glass box overlooking stunning sunset views by the sea.

JR Hitachi Station Japan - glass box train stationPhoto from @kayosekiguchi via Instagram

Hitachi Station sits right by the seaside, and what makes it so special apart from its location is that in lieu of regular concrete walls, it comes with full-length see-through windows - essentially making it a glass box of sorts.

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These floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer an unobstructed view of the ocean, which is especially stunning during sunsets on clear days.

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There are comfy seats by the best viewing point, so you can kick back and enjoy the view or take a couple of photos while you wait for your train.

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At this rate, you might just forget about the time and miss your train - but who’s complaining? Not us, when there’s a cosy little cafe within the station with the same amazing views.

SEA BiRDS CAFE at JR Hitachi Station JapanPhoto from @kimura_closing via Instagram

Named SEA BiRDS CAFE, the eatery specialises in coffee, tea, and pancakes, but also serves sweet treats like cake and bento sets.

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You also won’t want to miss out on their crazy “volcano” dessert, an indulgent pile of cake, ice cream, whipped cream, and fruits that’s great for sharing.

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The best vantage point is the long table with high stools, as it directly faces the sea below.

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As night falls, the cafe will be illuminated with fairy lights, giving the whole place an extra romantic feel.

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JR Hitachi station is about 1.5 hours from Tokyo, and 1 hour 10 minutes from Hitachi Seaside Park, where a beautiful carpet of flowers that changes colour through the seasons awaits.

SEA BiRDS CAFE at JR Hitachi Station JapanPhoto from @fun_fun_japan2 via Instagram

Carve out some time in your itinerary to pass by Hitachi Station during your next vacation in Japan, for while most train stations are merely part of a journey, this one is a destination in itself.

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