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10 steps to become an expert of Tokyo Station

10 steps to become an expert of Tokyo Station

Update: 21 October 2016

Tokyo Station celebrated the 100th anniversary in 2015. It is a sightseeing spot that attracts attention from people visiting Japan. Let me introduce the activities of Tokyo Station that cannot be missed.

Finding bronze statues and art works

Finding bronze statues and art works

Tokyo Station is a treasure house of expedition spots with a history of over 100 years. Its best feature is the construction 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. It also has various 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 / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)

Getting Pokemon!

Getting Pokemon!

"Tokyo Character Street" is where the official shops of popular characters and TV stations line up. You must check rare items which can be only bought at Tokyo Station. Get the Pokemon goods with the station master motif that are unique to 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 / 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 with the concept of "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. At every restaurant, you must wait in a line to eat ramen. The right time to go is evening, avoiding lunch and dinner times.

  • 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 / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3210-0077

Experiencing art works in Marunouchi

Experiencing art works in Marunouchi

"Marunouchi Street Gallery" began in Marunouchi Nakadori in 1972, displaying art works. 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
    丸の内ストリートギャラリー
    • Address Marunouchi, Chiyoya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Looking at the light up

Looking at the light up

Wadakura Fountain Park was made in commemoration of the marriage of the 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 light up is from sunset to 20:00 (21:00 in summer).
(C) Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

Sightseeing on a tour bus

Sightseeing on a tour bus

"Sky Bus Tokyo" is sightseeing from a double-decker bus. Buy a ticket at the ticket counter in the Mitsubishi building and get on the bus. The popular course is a tour of the Imperial Palace, Ginza and Marunouchi, which takes about 50 minutes. If you want to use the tour bus on a weekend, you had better reserve tickets in advance.

  • 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 / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute 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 in the park. Especially recommended are the area around the large fountain, the symbol of the park, and the first and second flower beds, where you can admire colorful flowers.

  • 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 "Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum" and "Marunouchi Park Building". "Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum" was the restoration of "Mitsubishi ichigokan", the first office building built in 1894. This square, which is liked by people as an urban oasis, has several dozen kinds of roses including "Old Rose", as well as other flowers and trees whose seasonal colors you can enjoy.

  • Ichigoukan Plaza
    一号館広場
    • Address 2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

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 flying in winter are famous, including swans released in 1953. If you look into the water carefully, you can see soft-shelled turtles swimming with carps, crucian carps and catfish. However, you must be careful because feeding them 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, and there are no traffic lights. You can enjoy jogging while seeing Sakuradamon, Chidorigafuchi Park, Miyakezaka, etc. There are places around the Imperial Palace where you can change clothes and take a shower, but you need a membership registration. We recommend you use a coin locker at the train station and a public bath.

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

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