Tokyo Area

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●Town Info

Tokyo station is the pride of Japan boasting the highest number of train platforms and number of start/end points for bullet trains, JR lines, Metro, etc.

 

You’ll most likely set foot here during your trip and though there isn’t anything in particular that will blow your mind, the Imperial Castle where the Emperor and royal family live is located nearby.

 

Surrounding the station are the head offices of the notable enterprises that support Japan’s economy, you could say it’s the heart of Japan.

 

Additionally, there are many sophisticated female office workers in this area known as “Marunouchi OL (office lady)”, that are beautiful and well-mannered.

 

Men, (a.k.a salary men) also appear well dressed and have a sense of confidence.

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●Access

Tokyo Station is a large terminal station with the most platforms in all of Japan.

There are 10 lines running above ground, 8 below ground 10 bullet train lines,

and 2 metro lines.

 

It’s too much to ask of you not to get lost, so give yourself a bit of a cushion to

allow for such incidents.

 

① JR
Yamanote・Chuo・Keihin-Tohoku・Yokosuka・Sobu Rapid
Tokaido Main・Tohoku Main・Sobu Main・Keiyo・Utsunomiya・Takasaki・Joban
Narita Express
Shinkansen (Bullet Train):
Tokaido・Tohoku・Joetsu・Hokuriku・Yamagata・Akita

 

② Tokyo Metro
Marunouchi・Tozai

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●Recommended

The area is replete with gourmet restaurants. High standard restaurants are everywhere, in underground passages, towering office buildings, and in department stores.

 

Not to mention the variety of shops that sell food as gifts. This is your opportunity to buy special food from all over Japan; it’s highly recommended. Eating a “Eki-ben” is worth a try.

 

“Eki-ben” is usually a lunch box meal for long journeys on the bullet train, but who says you have to eat it on the train? So enjoy it as lunch or dinner. You can find them at Daimaru Department Store or anywhere inside the station.

 

Other notable mentions are the 3 “theme areas” inside the station: Sweets, Ramen, and Character.

 

And of course the Imperial Palace near the station. That just about covers it.

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●Check It

The Imperial Palace in Japan- residence of the Emperor- albeit nestled in the center of Tokyo, is flush with greenery giving it a sense of sacredness.

 

The Palace was previously the location of the last Shogunate family, the Tokugawa Clan which built the Edo Castle.

 

If you wish to enter the inner Imperial grounds, you’ll have to make a reservation by phone or through their website.

 

Imperial Palace
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo station: By JR railway Marunouchi, Chuo Exit, 9 min. walk
Nijubashimae station: By Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, Exit 6, 5 min. walk.

Otemachi station: by Toei Mita line, D2 Exit, 5 min. walk
Tel:03-3213-1111
URL: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html
Closed: Sat・Sun, Holidays(may be closed without notice), Dec.28~Jan. 4th
Tour time(for guests with reservations only)Mon~Fri:8:45 am~12:00 pm、1:00 pm~5:00 pm

10:00 am~、1:30 pm~(twice a day for about 1 hour and 15 min. Jul.21~Aug.31 morning slot only)

Cost:Free

 

Tokyo Ramen Street(Gourmet)
Customers wait in line to eat at one of the 8 popular ramen shops that are setup here.

Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Tokyo station 1st street basement floor
Access: JR Tokyo Station near Yaesu basement floor central gate
Tel: 03-3210-0077
URL: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf
Closed: N/A
Open: 10:30am〜11:00pm(may depend on the store)

 

Tokyo Sweets Land(Gourmet, Gifts)
Japan’s largest sweets maker operates 3 shops and sell limited time confectionaries, sweets from all across Japan, and you can even purchase deep friend chips and almond chocolate made right before your very own eyes.

Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Tokyo station 1st street basement floor
Access: JR Tokyo Station near Yaesu basement floor central gate
Tel:03-3210-0077
URL: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf
Closed: N/A
Open: 9:00am~9:00pm Restaurants on the 2nd floor are open until 10pm

 

Tokyo Character Street (Shopping)
A store dedicated to Japan’s own popular characters Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Rirakuma, Studio Ghibli, etc.

Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Tokyo station 1st street basement floor
Access: JR Tokyo Station near the Yaesu central exit gates
Tel:03-3210-0077
URL: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf
Closed: N/A
Open : 10:00~20:30

 

Daimaru Tokyo Branch (Department Store)
Address:1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Near Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit
Tel:03-3212-8011
URL: http://www.daimaru.co.jp.e.md.hp.transer.com/tokyo/index.html
Closed : (Jan 1st)
Open : B1・1F(weekdays) 10:00am~9:00pm

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