The station buiding of JR Takao station (高尾駅 In Jpn) on northern side is a Japanese temple style.
The building was originaly built in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for a funeral of the Emperor Taisho in 1927. A funeral train glavely loaded the body of the Emperor Taisho. The train departed for Higasi Asagawa Station that is located about 1km east from current Takao Station. And The Emperor was buried in Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji.
After the funeral, the station building was moved to current location.
(Higasi Asagawa Station had been closed now.)
Entrance of Takao station. The porch has grave atmosphere like temple.
"Gegyo" decotation is hung inside triangle of the roof. The decoration is often seen in Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine architecture. The purpose of "Gegyo" decotation is to avoid a fire disaster.
The inside has morden facilities. There is cafe and Kiosk inside the station
Dispite 50km distance from center of Tokyo, Takao station is a part of the metropolitan area of Tokyo. Many passengers comes and goes out constantly.
Big Tengu mask is displayed above the entrance way of the station building.
Hachioji City decided the inprovement of Takao station and around the station. Therefore, The historic station building will remove here. But fortunately, The building is decided to preserve and moves again to new place
[visited in Augast, 2010]