Japanese soccer players will have easier access to training from Saturday with the opening of a new railway station close to their facilities in Fukushima.
The J-Village station on the JR Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture serves the J-Village training complex. The facility was previously used as an operations base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 accident.
About 250 passengers on Saturday morning got off the first train to stop at the station. Local children welcomed them in a celebration ceremony.
A woman in her 70s said the station is wonderful and she hopes it encourages many people to visit the area.
The station will run on a temporary basis for the time being, but trains will stop every day until May 6, including over the 10-day holiday.
All facilities of J-Village are now operational and the stadium will host matches including those of the Nadeshiko women's soccer league.
J-Village will also be the starting point of the Olympic torch relay, which begins next March.