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mAAch ecute

mAAch ecute, a mixed-use commercial facility in Kanda, might seem like a normal, old brick and cement structure from the outside, but what lies within its walls is a long history waiting to be told.

mAAch ecute

Considered to be one of Tokyo’s oldest stations, Manseibashi Station opened in 1912 with a façade patterned after Amsterdam’s Central Station. The subsequent opening of the nearby Akihabara Station in 1925 made it redundant, forcing the management to shut it down in 1943. Until now, though, the upper level train tracks are still in use.

mAAch ecute

mAAch ecute

In the autumn of 2013, as a collaboration between the Architecture Office “Mikan”, East Japan Railway Company, and JR East Design Corporation: JRed, Manseibashi Station was reopened to the public after being boarded up for 70 years. The plan is to create a space that would propel Kanda back to its former glory.

mAAch ecute

Its ground floor façade was preserved and refurbished, adding floor-to-ceiling glass windows to give a full view of the Kanda River. What used to be the station’s main platform on the upper floor is now a glass-enclosed café and terrace. This design wonder is now home to 11 independent cafés and restaurants, as well as an open-concept artisan retail arcade. With the unique idea coupled with a revitalization plan, mAAch ecute received the “Good Design Award Best 100” months after its opening.

mAAch ecute

People finding their way to mAAch ecute would hear locals still refering to the place as the old Manseibashi Station. With more efforts geared towards leveraging its history in publicizing mAAch ecute, Kanda may just stand a chance against the busy Akihabara for visitors seeking refuge from the crowd.

mAAch ecute

mAAch ecute

〒101-0041 1-25-4, Kandasudacho,

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

William @ Passport Out

William is the Editor-in-Chief of The Passport Out.

9 Comments
  1. 山本光子

    April 1, 2016 11:22 am

    Bought pieces for my new home in this exact place. Beautiful pieces from talented artists. Very nice feature!

    • Passport Out - Editor

      April 1, 2016 3:24 pm

      haluta, I suppose? They do have interesting pieces on hand!

  2. Emi Nakamura

    April 1, 2016 11:25 am

    sad people in tokyo forget about old Manseibashi. happy how it looks now

    • Passport Out - Editor

      April 1, 2016 3:25 pm

      We are happy with how it is turning out, too! Excited with how this will change Kanda in the future.

  3. James Claridge

    April 1, 2016 11:31 am

    Greetings!

    We’re visitors in Tokyo from England and I was wondering how we can reach this place if we are staying a few meters away from Tokyo Station?

    James x

    • Passport Out - Editor

      April 1, 2016 3:32 pm

      Hi, James!

      mAAch ecute is midway between Kanda Station and Akihabara Station. You’ll know you’re near when you see old European-style bridges.

      You can take the Hibiya Line to Akihabara Station, and then walk past the Kanda River from there. The Hibiya Line is directly below The Peninsula Hotel, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from the Tokyo Station, past the Marunouchi area.

      You can download the Tokyo Metro map here – http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/

  4. Jamar Schaaf

    May 5, 2016 9:47 pm

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    • Passport Out - Editor

      May 6, 2016 7:28 pm

      Hi, Jamar! Thank you for tuning in! We are really glad you like what we have here. We’ll try our best to keep things interesting!

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