Closed in 1943, Manseibashi Station is a sign of times gone by in Tokyo but is also one of the best places to relax in Akihabara thanks to its stylish refurbishment. Take a seat in the trendy platform restaurant or explore ancient stairwells, all within a bustling shopping complex that embraces the history of its surroundings.
The History of Manseibashi Bridge Station
Taking its name from the nearby bridge, Manseibashi station was once a bustling stop on the Chuo Line between Kanda and Ochanomizu. The station opened in 1912, but following changes to the line, was closed in 1943. While some parts were boarded up and some removed, the remnants of the station were renovated and reopened in recognition of their historical value. Today, visitors can explore the contemporary stores within the red-brick walls and venture into the old station to step back into the past.
Old Manseibashi Station: The Historical Side
Located within the mAAch Ecute building are the remnants of the original station, parts of which are open for exploration. The stairwells and original platform give an idea of the station’s past, while there’s a contemporary restaurant to enjoy too. For more details about the history of the station and area, be sure to visit the Library in the mAAch Ecute Building.
Historical Highlights: Stairs
Two sets of stairs remain at the station: the original set built in 1912 and a later set installed in 1935 to connect the station with the newly-opened transport museum. While the first were closed when the station closed in 1943, the second set remained open until the museum’s closure in 2006. Built using high-quality materials, the “1912 stairs” have lasted the test of time and are now back in use after 70 years of solitude. The “1935 stairs” were used as part of the museum’s display and therefore have an interesting video display of images of the area and a preserved poster board.
The 2013 Platform
While the station originally had two platforms, one for long-distance and one for short-distance, one was eventually closed following changes to the train lines. Over time, the elements were removed and modified, but the platform has remained and has now been transformed into an observation deck and restaurant. The deck is dotted with artefacts from the original station including preserved sections of the original shelter and a recreated Manseibashi Station Sign. In the restaurant, you can relax while trains run on either side, perfect for train-spotters and city-lovers alike.
The Platform Restaurant and Bar
Once a Cafe called N3331, the platform is now home to Restaurant Platinum Fish. The trendy restaurant is enclosed by glass walls, giving a tunnel-like feel as trains rush by on either side. While this only happens once an hour (much to the enjoyment of diners) single trains run by frequently. The restaurant offers a high-end menu of fish sourced from a different part of Japan each month. Whether you visit during the day or as the sun sets, You’ll be sure to experience one of the most unique spots in Tokyo.
mAAch Ecute: The Contemporary Side
Right on the water’s edge, the red-bricked viaduct of the old station now houses pop-up sores, boutiques and trendy restaurants. The unusual name is taken from the first letters of the word ‘Eki’ (train station in Japanese) along with ‘Center’, ‘Universal’, ‘together’ and ‘enjoy’. The key words form the core themes of the complex, which aims to gather people in a fun and relaxed environment.
Shops in mAAch Ecute
Nicknamed the ‘ekinaka’ area, meaning inside the station, the stores were all carefully selected to create a stylish selection, with fashion, souvenirs and independent crafts. Tanafukumori is a beautiful fashion boutique while Neufnoi by Atelier03 sells unusual accessories you won’t find elsewhere. For something truly unique, try Fabric Tokyo - a custom-order clothing store. When you’re done you can even get your shoes shined at Brift Stand Store to complete the look. The stores are all connected by an outdoor deck, allowing for fresh air and a beautiful riverside stroll. Along with the permanent stores are an ever-changing lineup of pop-up stores and events, so keep an eye out for the latest appearances.
Restaurants and Bars in mAAch Ecute
Making the most of the stunning setting, mAAch also has a great choice of restaurants and bars. Grab a cold beer at the Hitachino Brewing Lab - they also do snacks to go with your drinks. For an alternative drinking spot, Kiuchi Brewery sells its own carefully crafted sake. Founded 190 years ago, Kiuchi has perfected the art of sake brewing and are a great place to learn about the traditional Japanese tipple.
Wine lovers can make their way to Vinosity Domi and those looking for something a little more substantial can head to Surugaya Kahei for creative Seafood plates or Platinum fish for some contemporary izakaya fare.
- Name: Maach Ecute (マーチエキュート神田万世橋)
- Address: 1 -25-4 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- Restaurant Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 (Mon - Sat) 11:00 - 21:00 (Sun and Holidays)
- Shop Hours: 11:00 - 20:00
- Stairs and Platform Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (Mon - Sat), 11:00 - 20:30 (Sun and Holidays)
- Open Deck Hours: 11:00 - 22:30 (Mon - Sat), 11:00 - 20:30 (Sun and Holidays)
- Regular Closing Days: None