Step Back in Time at Manseibashi Station

We stumbled across this beautiful red brick structure in one of our Sunday walks around Tokyo. It was Manseibashi Station, a station between Kanda and Ochanomizu, opened in 1912 and closed in 1943. The first station building was designed by Tatsuno Kingo, who was inspired by the style of Amsterdam Centraal.
 
The original stairs from 1912 have been well preserved. The wall tiles are still in good condition and the stairs are made not of cement but of thick slabs of granite.

Stairs from the 1935 Transportation Museum  next to the station have also been well preserved. The style  is quite different from the 1912 set. Partway up the 1935 stairs are the remains of a poster that was put up at Manseibashi Station. Beside it is a large touch screen showing old photos of this Tokyo landmark.

The original platform has been transformed into a cafe and a free space in 2013. Here you will find a replica of the Manseibashi Station name plate. The cafe is a great place to sit and watch the trains speed by.

To learn more about Manseibashi Station when it was a transport hub in the Meiji and Taisho periods and to view a diorama of what it looked like in the old days, head to the LIBRARY, a permanent exhibit in the viaduct which has been renovated into a unique shopping complex in coorperation with mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi. The LIBRARY is also a gift shop carrying curios, books, and novelty items related to the train station.

All the shops in the viaduct are connected to each other by one long corridor so it is possible to walk through all of them without having to go outside, a plus if the weather is too cold or wet. Events are regularly held here. When we visited that weekend, individual artisans set up their own tables and booths displaying their crafts. You might meet the woman who designs intricate stamps out of erasers or the man who helps you design your own clock with specially selected materials.

Check out the restaurants that dish out some of Tokyo's must-eats. I spied a noodle restaurant recommended by the Michelin Guide. Some of the restaurants have outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying the red brick facade of this historical place.
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One of the shops under the tracks
A poster from the old train station

Sherilyn Siy