Nine-and-three-quarter platforms in Tokyo? Seibu Ikebukuro & Toyoshima-en stations will be transformed into Harry Potter-themed stations

It is expected that in 2023, the world’s second Harry Potter Studios(Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter) will be opened in Tokyo, Japan, the former site of the original Toyoshima Park.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter
Access: Take the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line from JR Ikebukuro Station and get off at Toyoshima-en Station (approx. 15 minutes by car).
Address: 3-25-1 Mukaiyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Official website: Warner Brothers

To warm up this Harry Potter Studios, the Seibu Railway Company has decided to transform its Seibu Railway Ikebukuro Station and Seibu Railway Toyoshimaen Station into two stations famous in the Harry Potter series: King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station by the spring of 2023.

You will get on the train from King’s Cross Station and get off at Hogsmeade Station.

“Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter” will be renovated on the site of the old Tokyo amusement park “Toyoshima-en”. To get to Toyoshima-en from within Tokyo, take the Seibu Railway from Ikebukuro Station and get off at Toyoshima-en Station.

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Ikebukuro Station: The way to Harry Potter Studios from Tokyo
・It will be transformed to look like King’s Cross Station in London, England.
Toyoshima-en Station: The nearest station to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter.
・It will be transformed to look like the Hogsmeade Station, the nearest station to the magic school Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series

In this way, will it feel like arriving at Hogsmeade Station in the wizarding world from the King’s Cross station in the Muggle world?

Seibu Ikebukuro Station: Inside King’s Cross Station to be transformed into London, England

Trains running between Seibu Ikebukuro Station and Toyoshima-en Station will stop at Seibu Ikebukuro Station on Platform 1 and Platform 2. Platform 1 is the arrival platform at Seibu-Ikebukuro Station, and Platform 2 is the boarding platform for Toyoshima-en Station. These two platforms will be remodeled from the interior of King’s Cross Station in London, England, which is featured in the Harry Potter films.

The platforms will serve as the gateway to Harry Potter Studios Tokyo and are worth waiting for.

Seibu Ikebukuro Station, stairs from the underground to platform 2, renovation design(From:Seibu Tetsudo

Seibu Ikebukuro Station Platform 2

Take the train to Harry Potter Studios at this station! Platform 2 will be designed in the style of King’s Cross Station with brick and mortar. At King’s Cross Station, there is a nine-quarter platform, so should this be called a two-quarter platform (laughs).

Seibu Ikebukuro Station Platform 2 Renovation Design(From:Seibu Tetsudo

Nine-and-three-quarter platforms in the movie(From:Harry Potter wiki

Here are the nine and three-quarters platforms of London’s King’s Cross station in the muggle world (x) real-life (✓) – the half cart was installed on the wall attached to platforms 9 and 10 for visitors to take photos, and the location was later moved to between platforms 8 and 9, and additional luggage and cages for owls were added.

Nine-and-three-quarter platforms in real-life(From wiki: Nine-and-three-quarter platforms

Nine-and-three-quarter platforms in real-life(From: collider

However, the actual filming location of the nine-and-three-quarter platforms in the film is platforms 4 and 5 of King’s Cross Station.↓

platforms 4 and 5 of King’s Cross Station(From wiki: Nine-and-three-quarter platforms

Seibu Ikebukuro Station Platform 1

Seibu Ikebukuro Station Platform 1 Renovation Design(From:Seibu Tetsudo

When you return to Tokyo from Harry Potter Studios-Tokyo, you will get off the train at this platform. The platform will be remodeled in the brick style of London’s King’s Cross Station, with a distinctive clock on the wall and a green iron structure. The brickwork and design of the walls are based on the design of the real-life King’s Cross station and are based on its features.

Seibu Toyoshima-en Station: to be transformed into Hogwarts School Arrival Station: Inside the Hogsmeade Station

Seibu Toyoshima-en Station Renovation Design(From:Seibu Tetsudo

The nearest station to “Harry Potter Studios-Tokyo” is Seibu-Tokushima-en Station. The platform of this station will be transformed into the style of Hogsmeade station, the terminal station of the train when traveling from London to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with red as the main tone for transformation.

The Hogsmeade station in the film is set in the small town of Goathland station in North Yorkshire, England. If you compare the two pictures carefully, you will find that the white triangles and circles on the red bridge at Goathland station are also used in the new design of the Toyoshima Park station.

Goathland railway station(From wiki: Goathland railway station

In addition, the Toyoshimaen station sign is the same as the Goathland station sign, with white letters on a red background.

The current station building and plaza will be remodeled, and a diagram of the remodel is shown below.

Seibu Toyoshima-en Station Station plaza renovation design(From:Seibu Tetsudo

“Harry Potter Studios” will open in 2023

In 2023, the world’s second Harry Potter Studios “Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter” will be opened in Tokyo, Japan, at the original Toyoshima Park site. Hoping that by that time the world can already travel everywhere, we are waiting for you to come to Japan!

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