East and West Station Plazas at Joetsu-Myoko Station


Work title                   :      Entrusted detailed design work for the East and West Station Plazas at Joetsu Station of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (tentative name)

Location                     :      Yamato, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture

Duration                     :      May 30, 2011 to February 28, 2013

Implementing body    :      Joetsu Municipal Authority, Niigata Prefecture

Contents                     :      Detailed design of local recreation areas adjacent to the East and West Station Plazas, design of shelters, design of covered alleys, preparation and checking of perspective drawings and preparations for order placement for the construction work


With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, Joetsu-Myoko Station was improved as an integrated station for both the new Shinkansen line and the old Shinetsu line by moving the tracks for the latter towards the new Shinkansen station.


Improvement around the station was conducted under a land readjustment project and station plazas outside the east and west exits were developed along with the project.


The planning of these plazas by EJEC was proceeded through consultation and coordination with a landscaping advisor of the municipal government and other designers involved so that the final landscape of these plazas would be integral to the local recreation areas, adjacent free passageways, etc.


For the East Station Plaza, covered alleys, which are a unique feature for regions with heavy snowfall, extend from the station building which is reminiscent of a Japanese lantern, creating a feeling of warm hospitality with a distinctive character. For the West Station Plaza, an expansive space with an unobstructed view of the Myoko Mountains is introduced along with the creation of a cherry-tree-lined path, which would become a local asset, to create a local identity for Joetsu and Myoko.


Joetsu-Myoko Station was opened in March, 2015.


Joetsu-Myoko Station West Exit

Joetsu-Myoko Station East Exit

Sheltered passageway



2013.07.01   Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Station) “Makuragano-Sato Koga”


Work titles                 :      FY 2009: Entrusted Work to Examine the Business Feasibility of a Michi-no-eki (Roadside Station) in Koga City

FY 2010: Entrusted Work to Prepare Referential Materials for Discussion by Stakeholder Organizations regarding a Michi-no-eki (Roadside Station) in Koga City

FY 2010: Detailed Design of a Roadside Service Facility in the Koga Area

FY 2011: Entrusted Work to Examine the Operation and Management of Michi-no-Eki Koga (tentative name), a Facility for Local Development

FY 2011: Detailed Design of the Landscaping Work for Michi-no-Eki Koga (tentative name) as the First Entrusted Work

FY 2011: Supervision of the Construction Work for Michi-no-Eki Koga and Regulating Pond and Detailed Design of the Construction Work for Michi-no-eki (Roadside Station) as the Second Entrusted Work

Location                     :      Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture

Duration                     :      December 2, 2009 to October 31, 2011

Implementing body    :      Koga Municipal Authority, Ibaraki Prefecture


The work related to the michi-no-eki was jointly planned by the Koga Municipal Authority and the MLIT.


EJEC was responsible for not only the formulation of the basic policies but also the design of the facilities and surrounding area, formulation of an operation and management plan and supervision of the construction work for this development of a michi-no-eki in Koga City.


Apart from the design of roads in the vicinity of the michi-no-eki and nearby intersections, EJEC also design a bridge, car park, planting and landscaping at the premises of the michi-no-eki. For the layout of the michi-no-eki facilities and image of the buildings, EJEC consulted with the Michi-no-Eki Examination Committee and WG so that the local requirements and opinions were reflected on the design. A multi-purpose hall was planned as a facility providing community space for users of the michi-no-eki, especially local users, so that it could function as a core facility for the local community.


The work of EJEC was diverse, ranging from the design of facilities to a series of consultation meetings with the main operator of the local regeneration facilities to be developed as well as expected project participants. Through these meetings, EJEC proposed the zoning of local regeneration facilities and an event utilization method as part of the operation and management plan. We also also proposed operation under the designated management system, a business plan for profit-making facilities and other relevant matters. During construction supervision, meetings were held and on-site inspection was conducted to ensure that the construction work was completed without failure.


Car park and local regeneration facilities


Perspective drawing of the entire area


Entrance to Michi-no-Eki Koga