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Manseibashi Station Cafe – N3331

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on February 4, 2014

One of my favorite cafes in Tokyo right now is the Manseibashi Station cafe, called N3331, right on top of the old Manseibashi Station platform, between the present day Chuo Line tracks. The unwieldy name comes from the cafe being run in tandem with the closeby 3331 Art Chiyoda art center project in the converted building that used to house the Rensei Junior High. You can read my blogs about this project here and here.

Understandably, this cafe is popular both with older people revisiting their old station house, as well as young couples into a slightly more cultural cafe experience, as well as train maniacs and kids who get a thrill out of sitting next to the trains rushing past ever couple of minutes on both sides! The coveted table next to panorama window at the end is taken quickly and even though I rushed to be the first one through the doors at opening time I had to settle for a lesser table until the lucky couple who got it first left. Still, it doesn’t really matter because all the seats are good, as is the food, the soups, the coffee. Not the cheapest cafe in the city but not over expensive by any means.

Best part though is role reversal, usually I am in one of those orange trains zooming past looking out the window. At this cafe I can relax and enjoy seeing them from the other side! Just remember to turn of your flash if you take a photo – don’t want to accidentally blind one of the train drivers!

For more on the old Manseibashi Station, please see this blog entry about the history of the site, and one more here about the present renovation.

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  1. Cathryn said, on February 4, 2014 at 4:42 am

    This is awesome. I love Japan!!! One for my list next time!

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    • tokyobling said, on February 4, 2014 at 7:34 am

      I am sure you’d like it! How many cafes like this can there be out there? (^-^)

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  2. Dina Farmer said, on February 4, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Wow that is so neat!!

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    • tokyobling said, on February 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

      It sure is! (^-^) To be fair it was almost brand new when I took this. But I love also the entrance, the old platform stair case is so atmospheric!

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  3. Todd Alperovitz said, on February 4, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Looks like a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee!

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  4. Noodlect said, on February 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Awesome!

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  5. Slouching Somewhere said, on February 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    This is so awesome! My train-loving heart skipped a beat. Finally making my way back to Japan next month, but sadly can’t make the trip to Tokyo… hope I find cafes just as cool in the Kansai area.

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    • tokyobling said, on February 5, 2014 at 12:02 am

      Japan but no Tokyo!? Well, the other parts of Japan are lucky to have you! (^-^)

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  6. rikigede said, on February 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

    definitely will go there this March. thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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  7. meliamex said, on February 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Aaww.. this is so cute! nice place.. I really enjoy seeing train. Definitely worth a visit.
    Thanks for sharing.. 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on February 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Thanks for the comment Meliamex! I hope you can come visit soon! (^-^)/

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