Recently my train line – the Toyoko-sen – was tragically re-routed through Shibuya station to make way for five long years of renovation on the circling-the-drain Tokyu Department Store. The transfer from the Toyoko line to any other remotely useful train line has become so arduous, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was inspired to build a “Commuter Quest” RPG.
But right now, if the weary pilgrim manages to make it as far as the old terminus, there’s an oasis where you can replenish your life force and even grab a few extra lives! The Beer Terminal!
Yes, some enterprising outfit has managed to set up a watering hole of epic proportions right on Platform 4! And judging by the line – which had reached Disneyland-like proportions by 5:30 on the day I was there – it’s such a success they ought to consider doing away with the idea of rebuilding the department store altogether and just put in a record number of taps instead.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback
…or watch the book trailer (0:52)