Wednesday, October 19, 2016

:::SPECIAL::: # Mysterious Platform Hidden Inside Famous Omotesando Station! Dare to take a look?

Mysterious Platform of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Hidden Inside Omotesando Station

Speaking of Omotesando, I bet shopping and high-end fashion brand names come to your mind. You are right! Even for Japanese, Omotesando is a "Oshare お洒落" spot for shopping and dining. If you are lucky, you may even have a chance to bump into some Japanese celebrities!

The easiest way to get to omotesando is to take the Tokyo Metro trains (Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line).

This 143 km long Tokyo Metro Ginza Line was opened on 30 December 1927

In order to prepare for the 2020 Olympics and constructions in Shibuya, Ginza Line's Shibuya Station will be relocated. Temporary service suspension are scheduled as follows:

Shibuya Station <-> Omotesando Station
Aoyama-Itchome Station <->Tameike-sanno Station

1) Full day on November 5 and November 6, 2016
2) Full day on November 19 and November 20, 2016

So if you are planning to visit Omotesando on those weekends, you can alternatively take Hanzomon Line and Chiyoda Line to get there!

Picture credited to TripAdvisor
Back to our topic today, recently, Tokyo Metro released some special pictures of the "old platform of Ginza Line's Omotesando Station".  This is very interesting indeed!

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Actually just right beside the current platform, there is the old platform!! However, passengers are never able to see it. The bright side on the left is the current platform and the dark side on the right is the old platform!!

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
With the lights on, you can see it more clearly. It looks like a movie set to me. What kind of movies? Well, you know it :P

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
As you may have known, smoking is not allowed in all stations now. However, back in the past, smoking was allowed even on the platform. This signage is telling the place where you can throw away your cigarette butt.

Wanna see some pictures of the old platform in the past? There you go!

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
These pictures were taken on 30 November 1976 (Showa Period 51 year). Look at the fashion 40 years ago! Trench Coat and clutch bag? Omotesando is always a stylish place!

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
A person was sitting at the gate to collect your ticket! This is definitely something that you can't see today.

Picture credited to Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Thanks to Tokyo Metro for releasing these pictures so that we can learn more about the history of the Omotesando Station. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing the new Shibuya Staion of Ginza Line too!

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