Some of these photos have appeared on Tokyo Times before, but with the addition of several taken very recently, and others from quite a few years ago, it seemed like the right time to put them all together as a document of sorts. My little photographic homage to a part of Tokyo’s subway system that is genuinely unlike the rest of it.
There have been changes in the time I’ve been visiting. The bars have new owners and now look quite different. Also, the unusually located vending machine is sadly no longer there. But on the whole it’s pretty much still the same. Presumably the same as it has been for many decades too. A rare glimpse of how things once looked, and in regards these photos, how it has looked over the last 10 years or so.
Very cool shots. Gotta love the stares you get!
Cheers. Haha, not all them positive it has to be said. Do like eye contact in photos though.
The vending machine! 😮
That was definitely one of the more unique locations. I’d love to know what that kitchen type area was once a part of.
Great set of photographs. I wonder if the insulating footwear is a necessity when using such old appliences in a damp environment 🙂
April! I promise myself I WILL take a trip to see this location in April, having missed the opportunity a few weeks ago.
Thanks a lot, and yes, quite possibly. To say it suffers a lot with leaks is an understatement to say the least.
You really must. It truly is special. No matter how many times I visit, it still makes me smile.
I can recall stations like this one back in the early 70’s when I lived in Tokyo. Even then they clearly needed an upgrade.
When I was in Tokyo in fall 2019, I did not see any places like this. Where is it?
I’ve always imagined that a lot of the subway system looked like this, but over time it was gradually modernised, leaving just this last one section. A nice reminder of how it once was.
It’s in Asakusa, but despite the number of people that visit the area, not that many pass through.
Aha, we used to think of Asakusa as ‘old Tokyo:’ a throwback to the days before the super growth of the 60’s.
Still pretty much the same when it comes to that side of the city. Definitely a different feel to it.