Japan's Kofuku, or 'Happiness', Train Station Closes For Renovation

09/04/2013 10:52 am ET | Updated Aug 06, 2014

Did you know that happiness is a destination? On your next trip to Japan, you might want to make some time to find some of it.

The Kofuku, or “happiness," train station is less than 14 miles south of Tokachi's capital city, Obihiro. The city, also known for their pork rice bowls, is investing $337,000 to remodel the former station, which is expected to make its grand reopening in early November.

The "happiness" train station has been abandoned for the past 26 years but it's still a major tourist attraction on the Hokkaido island of Japan, drawing 175,000 visitors a year, many of whom leave photos of happy times and notes of wishes for the future.
Check out the "happiness" pictures below.

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A pinned train ticket from Aikoku, "Land of Love", to Kofuku, "Happiness"
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All photos by Getty.

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