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Dai-Shimizu tunnel, Japan

From series “The Greatest Tunnels in the World”
Year: 1982.

Japan is truly the world leader in the number and diversity of tunnels. Dai-Shimizu railway tunnel deserves particular attention among them. The tunnel runs between the cities of Tokyo and Niigata, its length is 22200 metres. The first train passed through the tunnel in 1982. It’s hard to imagine but thanks to the Jōetsu high-speed express the locals have got an opportunity to get from one city to another three hours faster than before.

Dai-Shimizu tunnel, Japan During the construction there was a great disaster - a serious fire which resulted in the loss of 16 workers. After this accident the superstitious Japanese wanted to end the project as they were concerned about new troubles that the unfavourable place with a bad reputation could bring.

However, the tunnel has been completed. Today it is an essential part of the country's transport infrastructure. There has been also a pleasant event related to the history of Dai-Shimizu establishment. Paving the underground passage, workers have discovered a unique mineral spring. Its development began immediately. Rich in minerals healing water is now available for guests of the country. It is sold in many nearby local stores. Next - Severomuisky tunnel


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Nearest airports:
 »  Niigata Airport KIJ - in 115 km
 »  Matsumoto Airport MMJ - in 118 km
 »  Toyama Airport TOY - in 150 km
 »  Atsugi Naf Airport NJA - in 172 km
 »  Haneda Airport HND - in 175 km
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Best hotels near Dai-Shimizu tunnel

Lodge Iizuka

Located in 0 km from Dai-Shimizu tunnel
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Rooms: 16
The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and a seating area with … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Yuzawa Yuzawa Denkiya

Located in 1 km from Dai-Shimizu tunnel
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Rooms: 43
The hotel is a 1-minute drive to Iwahara Ski Resort and a 3-minute drive to Yuzawa Park Ski Resort. It is a 4-minute drive to Iwahara Skijyo Eki … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Sporea Yuzawa

Located in 2 km from Dai-Shimizu tunnel
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Rooms: 210
The hotel provides karaoke rooms, a game room and an art museum with cutout pictures. Guests can unwind in the open-air baths and sauna, which are … More: photo, rates and booking
Minshuku Tatsumoto

Located in 3 km from Dai-Shimizu tunnel
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Rooms: 5
Minshuku Tatsumoto is 3-minute drive from the Yuzawa Gala Ski Area, and a 3-minute drive from the Yuzawa Kogen Highlands. JR Echigoyuzawa Train … More: photo, rates and booking

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