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The Japanese film “Poppoya” was shot at Ikutora Station on the JR Hokkaido Nemuro Main Line as its main setting.

The movie “Poppoya”, based on the novel of the same title, was released in 1999 and was a huge hit, winning all the major Japanese film awards that year.  Starring the late Ken Takakura, one of Japan’s most famous actors, he played the stationmaster of the Horonai Line’s Horomai Station, a fictional station in Hokkaido.  The first photo shows the fictional Horomai Station, which was the main setting of the film, but actually is the Ikutora Station on the Kushiro Main Line.  Ikutora Station was in service at the time when it was used as a film set, but unfortunately ended its 121-year history in April 2024.  Today, the sign on the station building is still marked Horomai as it was when it was used as a movie set, but as shown in the second photo, the sign on the station platform is marked Ikutora, the actual name of the station.  The third photo shows the diesel train used in the film and the wooden structure built for the film to use as a diner in front of the station.  The area around this station square is one of the region’s most important tourist attractions, including buildings built as movie sets and other stage setting. 

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,

Masahisa Takaki.

全国通訳案内士 高木聖久。


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