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Tokyo Trip: Most Popular Spots in Tokyo Station (September 2019 Ranking)

Tokyo Trip: Most Popular Spots in Tokyo Station (September 2019 Ranking)

Date published: 21 October 2019

These are the top recommendations for Tokyo Station, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.

For instance, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo Character Street, The Imperial Palace and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Tokyo Station!

1.Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

1.Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

It opened in Marunouchi, Tokyo in spring of 2010. A five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. It has held three periodic displays of modern art covering from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Official website is http://mimt.jp/. The red brick building is the reproduction of Mitsubishi Ichiban Museum (designed by Josiah Conder) that was built by Mitsubishi in 1894. The collections mainly include the Western art works from the late 19th century which is around the same age when the building was built, and it handles the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon and Felix Vallotton. In the building, there are a musical café bar, Café1894; a museum shop, Store1894; and the Marunouchi history-experiencing space, Archive Room. The director is Akiya Takahashi. Operated by Mitsubishi Estate Home Co, Ltd.

  • Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
    • Address 2-6-2, 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 / 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)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5777-8600

2.Tokyo Character Street

2.Tokyo Character Street

The Tokyo Character Street is located on the Yaesu North Exit side of the basement floor of the Tokyo Station building, and many character merchandise shops are gathered. Official shops of popular shows of NHK, the major five TV broadcasting companies in Tokyo, and others line the street. It is a dreamlike space as many stores, including the Hello Kitty Shop, which carries the world-famous Hello Kitty brand, Rilakkuma Store, Pokemon Store, and JUMP Shop (Shueisha's official shop). At Shochiku Kabukiya Honpo, goods and traditional crafts associated with kabuki are sold, and they make perfect gifts. In the Ichiban Plaza Event Space, some limited-time character merchandise shop promotion or other events are held so that you can enjoy yourself every time you visit. This is a place where not only kids but people in three generations can enjoy.

  • Tokyo Character Street
    • Address The Tokyo Station first Avenue the first floor of the basement north street, 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 / 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

3.The Imperial Palace

3.The Imperial Palace

The palace used to be the castle (the Edo Castle) of the Tokugawa shogunate, but it became the palace for the Imperial family in 1868. It had been called kyujo (the Imperial castle) since 1888, but in 1948, it was renamed to kokyo, the Imperial Palace. Within the Imperial Palace premises, there are 1) gosho, where their Majesties, the emperor and empress, reside; 2) kyuden (the Imperial Hall); and 3) other buildings for the Imperial Household Agency government offices. In one area of the premises is Kokyo Higashi Gyoen (the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace), where the Tokagakudo Concert Hall is. Also, a general visit tour that allows visitors to see the inside of the Imperial Palace site is available. Although you are not allowed to enter the buildings, but you can still look at the palace premises or the government office buildings of the Imperial Household Agency. Other than the buildings, there are many places where you can enjoy nature during the summer. These places within the Imperial Palace site include the Lotus Moat, where you can see large lotus flowers, and Yamashita Street, which is quiet and full of greenery. The general visit tour takes about an hour and 15 minutes, and prior permission is required. For the access to Kikyo-mon (the Kikyo gate), the meeting place for the general visit tour is about a 10-minute walk from Exit No. 6 of the Nijubashi-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and the D2 Exit of the Otemachi Station on the Metropolitan Subway Mita Line.

  • The Imperial Palace
    • Address 1-1, Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8111
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    • Nearest Station Nijubashimae "Marunouchi" Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3213-1111

4.Tokyo Ramen Street

4.Tokyo Ramen Street

Street exclusively for leading ramen restaurants located on the basement floor of the Yaesu South Exit of Tokyo Station. The original concept was the ramen restaurants you want to go first in Tokyo and four restaurants including very popular Rokurinsha in Osaki, Tokyo where people queued up for its ramen, were originally opened in the street in 2009. In 2011, they had a grand opening with another four selected restaurants including Tokyo Station Ikaruga not to bore people with their ramen even if they eat ramen 7 days a week. Since then, new style ramen restaurants, Kizo serving Sendai beef tongue Negi-Shio (spring onion and salt) ramen, Oreshiki Jun serving pork born broth ramen and Soranoiro NIPPON were newly opened and the street is continuously developed. This is a new spot for foodies to enjoy famous Japanese flavors all in one place. It is directly connected to the station and the restaurants open from early morning. It is very handy to stop by on the way to your destination.

  • Tokyo Ramen Street
    • Address The Tokyo Station first Avenue the first floor of the basement south street, 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 / 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

5.JP Tower KITTE

5.JP Tower KITTE

Located in front of Tokyo Station, this shopping center is operated by Japan Post, The former Tokyo central post office building was partly preserved and renovated into the KITTE building and opened to the public in March 2013. With the concept of ”Feel Japan,” and to introduce the comfort, depth, and joy of Japanese culture, about 100 shops and restaurants offer local Japanese specialties and selected quality products. The building has seven stories, six above ground and one below, with each floor decorated based on a theme. On the 4th floor, the former head officer's room is preserved to show the olden days. KITTE Garden on the roof, with a view of Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, is the ideal place for a break. Directly connected to Tokyo Station on the Marunouchi Line via underground passage, or a one-minute walk from the Marunouchi-minami Exit of JR Tokyo Station.

  • JP Tower KITTE
    • Address Marunouchi 2-7-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-7090
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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 / 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)
    • Phone Number 03-3216-2811

6.Daimaru Tokyo

6.Daimaru Tokyo

Daimaru Tokyo is a department store on the B1 to 13th floors of GranTokyo North Tower, which is directly connected to Tokyo Station. It has many popular gourmet and fashion shops as well as stores selling watches and accessories. On the 12th and 13th floors, it has about 20 restaurants that serve Japanese, Western and Chinese cuisine. Each floor has a café so you can relax and enjoy your shopping. Various exhibitions are also held at the art gallery on the 10th floor, making Daimaru Tokyo a department store where you can enjoy both shopping and art. Another attraction is the comprehensive services it provides for foreign tourists. You can exchange 18 currencies such as the US dollar and Chinese yuan, receive discount coupons (conditions apply) and get assistance with duty free procedures. Various kinds of credit cards and China UnionPay cards are accepted as well. It is located immediately outside of the Yaesu north exit of JR Tokyo Station.

  • Daimaru Tokyo
    • Address 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-6701
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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 / 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 03-3212-8011

7.Coredo Muromachi 1,2,3

7.Coredo Muromachi 1,2,3

Designed based on the concept of “Nihonbashi, enlivening Japan,” COREDO Muromachi is composed of three buildings. COREDO Muromachi 1 is a commercial zone that reproduces the liveliness of the Edo period with well-established Nihonbashi shops and new, innovative stores of popular brands. The Nihombashi Mitsui Hall on the fifth and sixth floors is the biggest multipurpose hall in the Nihonbashi area.

Coredo Muromachi 2 houses the first cinema complex in Nihonbashi. In the shopping and food area, well-established shops with a history of over 100 years and famous stores offer new tastes and techniques born from innovative ideas. There are also restaurants offering exquisite culinary delights from all over Japan.

Coredo Muromachi 3 offers high-quality lifestyle, centered on food and living. It has carefully-selected goods made in Japan and abroad with excellent techniques and expertise, such as fashion accessories, daily goods and interior decorations. Forget about time as you explore the stores leisurely.

8.Science Museum

8.Science Museum

The Science Museum introduces mechanisms and applications of everyday science and technologies through hands-on style exhibitions and experimental shows. There are about 20 themes in the exhibitions and you can see, touch and experience most of them. The experimental shows, that has variations of more than 20 kinds, and the projections of the movies are held every day and they are very popular. One of them is the 3D dorm theater, the Synra Dorm, and you can enjoy 3D science images that come out from the dorm through the special glasses (Confirmation on the schedule is required. For 62 people). You can re-enter the facility with the ticket of that day, so you can lunch at Kitanomaru Park or the resting space in the museum. You can also choose to rest while eating food at the basement restaurant with 250 seats. This museum is designed to let people of all ages from children to the elderly enjoy the science and technology of today and the near future. It is a seven-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line's Takebashi station or a nine-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line and Metropolitan Subway, Shinjuku Line.

9.Mitsukoshi - Nihonbashi

9.Mitsukoshi - Nihonbashi

A long-established leading department store in Japan.
The Renaissance-style building including a manifisent central hall which floor is paved with marble has been designated as one of the Historic Buildings selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The lion statues as the symbol of MITSUKOSHI are sitting at the main entrance, where is famouse for the meeting place. The store has the main and the new building and offers fashion, miscellaneous goods, food, restaurants and also servise for foreign visitors at a tax-free counter on the 2nd floor of the new building.
The Mitsukoshi Hall ( present day, the Mitsukoshi Theater) on the 6th floor of the main building was established in 1927 as the world's first theater in a department store. The hall is marble and has an art nouveau style luxurious atmosphere with a ceiling made of stained glass and beautiful walls decorated with gypsum carvings, in where Rakugo ( Japanese comic storytelling ) , concerts, plays or dramas and so on are performed that are familiar to many people. We also have Mimeguri Shrine on the rooftop of the main building that enshrines Hinomoto Kaiun Katsudo Daikokuten (Mahakala, or god of wealth) which is said to bring prosperous business and good fortune. The store is located a one-minute walk from Mitsukoshimae station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza or Hanzomon Line.

10.Nijubashi Bridge

10.Nijubashi Bridge

Two bridges run from the front square, through the main gate and over the moat leading to the Imperial Palace. The bridge closer to the National Garden is Seimon Ishibashi; the one further is Seimon Tetsubashi. The two bridges are collectively called Nijubashi. The bridge is so called because the previous bridge, made of wood, required a supporting platform in the middle, creating a two-tiered structure. The present bridge, made of steel, was built in 1964. Although crossing the bridge is part of the Imperial Palace tour, in actual fact Nijubashi is only used for certain official events such as visits by foreign dignitaries. Join the free Imperial Palace tour at Kikyo-mon Gate, a 3-minute walk from Exit 6 of Nijubashi-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, or from Exit D2 of Otemachi Station on the Toei Mita Line.

  • Nijubashi Bridge
    • Address 1-1, Koukyogaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0002
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    • Nearest Station Nijubashimae "Marunouchi" Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3213-0095
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
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