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Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Spots in Tokyo Station! (March 2020 Ranking)

Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Spots in Tokyo Station! (March 2020 Ranking)

Date published: 21 April 2020

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, The Imperial Palace, Tokyo Central Post Office, Coredo Muromachi 1,2,3 and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Tokyo Station!

1.The Imperial Palace

1.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.

2.Tokyo Central Post Office

2.Tokyo Central Post Office

The Tokyo Central Post Office was one of the first postal offices established in Japan in 1871. In 2012, it was moved to the current location that is now the bottom layer building of JP Tower, and has been drawing attention as one of Japan’s tourist spots. The products such as the clear document holders, masking tapes and postcards with the motif of Tokyo Marunouchi Station Building which can only be bought at the Tokyo Central Post Office is popular as a new Tokyo souvenir. If you post a postcard in the mailbox set around various places in Tokyo Station, they will seal it with the date stamp which has the scenery of Tokyo station.

  • Tokyo Central Post Office
    • Address 2-7-2, 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)
    • Phone Number 03-3217-5231

3.Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

3.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

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.Daimaru Tokyo

5.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

6.JP Tower KITTE

6.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

7.Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street

7.Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street

Marunouchi Naka-dori is the main street of Marunouchi, which connects Yurakucho and Otemachi and has a gorgeous atmosphere. Lined by large office buildings such as Marubiru, Marunouchi Brick Square and Shin-Tokyo biru (New Tokyo Building). Naka-dori is also lined by trees including zelkova and katsura and art works; it was designed to maintain harmony with nature and to provide an opportunity for art appreciation. Close to sightseeing spots such as the Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, several events including gorgeous wintertime illuminations are held at Naka-dori. Accessible from JR Tokyo and Yurakucho Stations and from Otemachi and Nijubashi Stations on the Tokyo Metro Line.

  • Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street
    • Address Around Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 2-3 chome, 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

8.JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE

8.JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE

It is a facility jointly operated by the Japan Post Co. Ltd. and the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) to contribute to the public. It is located on the second and third floors of the former Tokyo Central Post Office building known as a historical piece of architecture that represents the Showa (1926–1989) modernism. In the museum, the academic, cultural assets, such as academic specimens and research materials that have been collected or created through research since the foundation of the University of Tokyo in 1877, are permanently exhibited. Special exhibitions and events, from time to time, present the achievements of the latest scientific research of the University and the novel creations of various representation media, combining them with the concept of the permanent exhibition. The design technology that revives the historical heritage within the contemporary urban space is one of the highlights of the exhibitions at the museum. Also, as part of the educational and research activities initiated by the University, the museum not only has introduced a comprehensive educational program but also handled the development and sales of the original goods to widely show the achievements of education research. Admission is free. Approximately a one-minute walk from the Marunouchi South Exit of the JR Tokyo Station.

  • JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE
    • Address Marunouchi 2 chome seventh 2 JP tower /KITTE 2.3 floor, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-7003
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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 03-5777-8600

9.B.B.ON Nihombashi shop

9.B.B.ON Nihombashi shop

The spacious shop, measuring over 660 sq. m., is filled with luxurious and organic cosmetic brands, beauty products, pharmaceuticals, supplements and more, including highly popular cosmetics such as SK-II, Canmake and Labo Labo Super Keana (Pores) Lotion. What also makes this a must-visit shop for women are the great facilities, with a consultation counter where you can check your skin's condition, a self-service make-up space, a nail salon and even a spa treatment room. At B.B.ON Nihombashi, you can shop and also experience beauty.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
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