Otsuka Station

Otsuka Station
Otsuka Station

When I started going to Otsuka (in Tokyo, one stop east of Ikebukuro) two or three years ago, the station was old, run down — a concrete megalith with some passages carved out of it. Completely inaccessible. Over the past couple years they’ve gradually renovated it, and now it’s bright and open and accessible and lovely.

Yamanote Line and Toden-Arakawa Line at Otsuka Station
Yamanote Line and Toden-Arakawa Line at Otsuka Station

I don’t seem to have any pictures of pre-renovation Otsuka Stn., and they seem to be impossible to find on the internet, but I did find this video of a transfer from the Yamanote Line to the Toden-Arakawa line in old Otsuka Stn., so check it out if you like.

Otsuka Station at night
Otsuka Station at night