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10 Steps to Become an Expert on Tokyo Station

10 Steps to Become an Expert on Tokyo Station

Update: 12 April 2017

Tokyo Station celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. It is a sightseeing spot is on the must-see list of almost every tourist visiting Japan. Let's take a closer look at Tokyo Station, its events and shops, and its surroundings!

Finding Bronze Statues and Art Works

Finding Bronze Statues and Art Works

Tokyo Station is a treasure trove of expedition spots with a history of over 100 years. Its best feature is the unique architecture of the station building. When you look up after going out of the north exit or south exit of Marunouchi Line, you can see a beautiful dome spreading above your head. Tokyo Station also has various art spots to see such as stained glass at the entrance of Keiyo Line, Nakama-no-Zo (Statue of Friends), Gin-no-Suzu Square (Silver Bell Square), and the Dorin Square (Driving Wheel Square). The exhibitions at the red-brick museum "Tokyo Station Gallery" are also recommended.

  • The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building
    • Address 1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

Getting Pokemon!

Getting Pokemon!

"Tokyo Character Street" is where official shops of popular characters and TV stations line up. You simply must check the rare items that can be only bought at Tokyo Station! One of the many highlights is the Pokemon goods with the unique station master motif, only available at the Pokemon store of Tokyo Station.
(C) 2016 Pokémon.
(C) 1995-2016 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.

  • Tokyo Character Street
    • Address Tokyo Station first Avenue north street under the ground on the first floor, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3210-0077

Eating Ramen

Eating Ramen

"Tokyo Ramen Street" is the street where popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo have gathered. Its concept is "the restaurant that you want to visit first in Tokyo." Eight shops line up, offering a wide variety of ramen including shoyu ramen, tsukemen, tonkotsu ramen, tanmen, etc. As each restaurant is incredibly popular, be prepared for people lining up in front of them to get a taste of the famed noodle soup.

  • Tokyo Ramen Street
    • Address Tokyo Station first Avenue south street under the ground on the first floor, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3210-0077

Experiencing Artworks in Marunouchi

Experiencing Artworks in Marunouchi

"Marunouchi Street Gallery" was started in Marunouchi Nakadori in 1972, displaying artworks. The works of the representative artists in Japan, Yayoi Kusama and Atsuhiko Misawative, and the works of the modern instrument image sculptor Emilio Greco of Italy are on display at Nakadori and Ichigokan Square (supervised by Open-Air Arts Foundation).

  • Marunouchi Street Galley
    • Address Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

Looking at the Illumination

Looking at the Illumination

Wadakura Fountain Park was created in commemoration of the marriage of the Japanese Emperor and Empress in 1961. There is a large fountain that blows up to 8 meters high as well as a waterway, bridge, and a water monument. When it is lit up, the atmosphere becomes beautiful and magical. The illumination can be seen from sunset to 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer).
(C) Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

Sightseeing on a Tour Bus

Sightseeing on a Tour Bus

"Sky Bus Tokyo" means sightseeing from a double-decker bus. Buy a ticket at the ticket counter in the Mitsubishi building and get on the bus! The most popular course is a tour of the Imperial Palace, Ginza, and Marunouchi, taking about 50 minutes. If you want to use the tour bus on a weekend, it is highly recommended to reserve a ticket beforehand.

  • Sky Bus Tokyo
    • Address Mitsubishi Building the first floor, 2-5-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3215-0008

Admiring Seasonal Flowers

Admiring Seasonal Flowers

Hibiya Park was made in 1903 with the first urban planning in Japan. It is famous as a park of flowers. There are always seasonal flowers to be admired in the park. Especially recommended is the area around the large fountain, the symbol of the park, and the first and second flower beds, where colorful flowers are sure to brighten your day.

  • Hibiya Park
    • Address 1-6, Hibiyakouen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0012
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    • Nearest Station Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Toei Mita Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3501-6428

Be Healed by Greenery

Be Healed by Greenery

Ichigokan Plaza is surrounded by the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum and the Marunouchi Park Building. Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum was the restoration of Mitsubishi Ichigokan, Japan's first office building constructed in 1894. This square, loved by people as an urban oasis, has several dozen kinds of roses including Old Rose, as well as other flowers and trees with beautiful seasonal colors.

  • Ichigoukan Plaza
    • Address 2-6-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
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    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

Going to the Imperial Palace to See Soft-shelled Turtles

Going to the Imperial Palace to See Soft-shelled Turtles

There are a variety of living creatures in the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace. Migratory birds such as swans are a famous winter sight. If you look into the water carefully, you can see soft-shelled turtles swimming with carps, crucian carps, and catfish. However, feeding the animals is prohibited.

Jogging around the Imperial Palace

Jogging around the Imperial Palace

Kokyo Gaien National Garden is also famous as a jogging course. One circuit is about 5 kilometers long, and there are no traffic lights. You can enjoy jogging while seeing Sakuradamon, Chidorigafuchi Park, Miyakezaka, and more famous sights of the palace. There are places around the Imperial Palace to change clothes and take a shower, but you need a membership registration. We recommend to use a coin locker at the train station, and not freshen up at a public bath?

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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