JR Akihabara Station is the main train station for modern Akiba, but did you know that there used to be a different station? Manseibashi Station was opened in 1912 and was found in the current Kanda-Manseibashi area. mAAch Ecute Kanda Manseibashi is a new shopping mall which opened in 2013, but preserves the looks of the original station.
It may now be supported by concrete on the inside, but the characteristic arches of the old Manseibashi station are still there.
The arches on the opposite side to the river are used by a rich varieties of eating and drinking places, including wine bars, Japanese sake bars, bakeries, and sweet shops.
You can feel history from the stairs to the station platform, too.
After climbing the stairs you can see trains go past on the JR Chuo Main Line, separated from you only by a sheet of glass. It is a good spot for taking photos.
The other stairs up to the old platform were built in 1935 alongside the 1936 opening of the Railway Museum (later Transportation Museum).
On the landing of the stairs, there is a touch panel digital display. You can see the history of Manseibashi Station and the surrounding area.
In the first floor LIBRARY, there is a three-dimensional miniature model of Manseibashi Station and the surrounding area. One interesting piece of local trivia is that the red brick building of Manseibashi Station was designed by Kingo Tatsuno who also designed the red brick building of Tokyo Station which still stands to this day.
There is a LIBRARY souvenir shop next to the miniature model. Popular items include postcards (¥157 for 1, ¥628 for a set of 4, tax included) and dorayaki red bean pancakes stamped with the same mark actually used at the old Manseibashi Station (¥250 each, tax included).
The Kanda Timeslip Map, which uses the front and back to show the modern map and the map at the time the station was built, costs ¥600 (tax included).
There is a space with books about the history of Akihabara and Kanda, too.
This is a new landmark to visit if you want to enjoy both the old and modern sides of Akiba.
NAME：mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi shopping mal
ADDRESS：1-25-4 Kandasuda-cho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0041
HOURS OF OPERATION：(Monday to Saturday)11:00～22:30 (Sanday and holidays)11:00～20:30
※Restaurants and cafes with different business hours.
For more information, please visit the HP