Apart from the massive, almost city-like main transportation hubs, train stations in and around Tokyo are usually fairly modern, decidedly utilitarian structures that allow commuters to get to and from their destinations with a minimum amount of fuss. As such, there’s rarely anything interesting or appealing about them. They simply do what they need to do and offer very little else.
There are, however, a couple of exceptions. There’s the fantastically dated section of subway that I covered earlier in the year, and the incredible example below: Kokudo Station just south of the capital.
During the daytime, the tunnel that allows access to the two small platforms is relatively bright, but once the sun goes down the sparse lighting gives it an atmosphere all its own. An element that further adds to the sense of age and history, with the station’s pre-war construction and subsequent opening in 1930 making it a genuine rarity.
Back in better days, the tunnel was filled with numerous businesses, bars and eateries, but unfortunately the remaining one closed last year. A terribly sad ending to a truly wonderful establishment that I documented 12 months ago. And now, with that place boarded up just like the rest of them, all that’s left are a few old signs, with the only option for drinks being the glowing, weirdly incongruous looking modern vending machines.
Here then are the photos. Images given added appeal by the colours the lighting creates inside the camera. All of them taken during a short period on a recent Saturday evening. A time when it would have once been full of people happily heading in and out of their favourite little bars, whereas now it’s just a few souls quietly passing through on their way home.