With over 3,000 trains passing through every day, Tokyo Station is the busiest station in Japan. It is the fifth-busiest in terms of passengers and even serves as a hub for many regional commuter lines and the Tokyo Metro network. The station covers so much area in fact that it is divided into the Marunouchi and Yaesu sides.
The red brick exterior has survived since its original opening in 1914 and has become a recognizable symbol of Tokyo itself. The plans for the elevated railway line were drawn up in 1889, and since it’s opening, Tokyo Station has seen much history pass by.
These two dome entrances on the west Marunouchi side feature part original plaster, reinforced and restored alongside relief work completed in the 2012 renovation. Also look out for the eight eagles underneath the dome, and eight Zodiac animals in the surrounding artwork.
Designed by architect Tatsuno Kingo, the brick exterior of Tokyo Station was a restrained celebration of the Russo-Japanese War’s costly victory. It has survived bombings from 1945 and seen the assassination of two Japanese prime ministers.
Tokyo Station is a main station on the Yamanote Line and easily reached from many lines. For the main brick exterior facade head for the Marunouchi Exit.
Tokyo Station, the main train terminal and also a major bus terminal, transporting people to other cities in Japan, is more than just a station. Shops, restaurants, museums, and the Imperial Palace, are just a few places of the many in and around the station that are worth visiting.
Tokyo Okashi Land lives up to its namesake with several concept stores for Japanese confectioners and snack makers; such as Glico and Morinaga. You can also buy freshly-made products at the Calbee and Glico stores. Not only can you shop here, but you can see them make sweets first hand.
Do you love anime? Do you love Gundam, specifically? Do you like food that is dedicated to the aesthetic value of the appearance? Do you have a bit of time in Tokyo Station, but don’t want to go out just in case you do not have enough time to run back and catch the train? If any of the aforementioned applies to you, you will enjoy a nice afternoon snack at the Gundam Café located right in Tokyo Station.
Oakwood Premier Tokyo comes from a brand of standout luxury hotel & service apartments right at the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. It is located in the business hub of Marunouchi with JR Tokyo Station in close proximity. This will allow guests and travelers to easily access the city's extensive transport network and visit various landmarks such as Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza and Shopping District. Boasting 123 luxurious apartments on the upper floors of a multi-serviced complex, each room offers a magnificent view of the city, not to mention all furnished and a fully-equipped kitchen set which is rarely seen in your everyday service apartment. Without doubt, these spacious tranquil retreats are curated to give you the amenities and services of a luxury hotel and a feeling of home. They are good options for both business executives and leisure travelers from one night of a short-stay to a few weeks/months of mid-to-long-term stay.
NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO is conveniently located in the midst of the electric town Akihabara, also known as the capital of manga and anime. In addition, this neighborhood has an abundance of tech shops, maid cafes and a variety of restaurants. With just a 6-minute walk away from Akihabara station, it provides easy access to explore other areas nearby such as Ueno and Asakusa. This hotel embodies the rich cultures of music, art and food. Nohga’s concept of music is derived from Akihabara’s local history, starting as a district of radio and wireless component merchants in the late 1920s. The artistic and luxurious space throughout the hotel is achieved by featuring art and amenities designed in collaboration with craftsmen from around Japan. As for the food menu, it’s seasonal fresh ingredients are sourced domestically. The glasses and dinnerware served are collaborations with stores in the surrounding area. All 120 non-smoking guest rooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, in-room safety box, mini fridge, USB plugs, free Wi-Fi, a high-quality bluetooth speaker and flatscreen TV with original music and film. The lounge area and a compact 24-hour gym can be found near the reception on the second floor. Services include laundry (from 2,750JPY) and a 24-hour front desk with a check-in time of 3PM and check-out time of 11AM. For sightseeing you can rent a Tokyobike for the day (2,000 JPY/day) to explore the vicinity.
Just minutes from Shinagawa Station, the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is surrounded by lush greenery in the Takanawa area, with rooms offering balcony views of the nearby gardens and the surrounding Tokyo cityscape. This urban resort features convention facilities like the Hiten banquet hall, the international Convention Center Pamir, as well as a wide variety of Japanese, Chinese and Western restaurants.
The Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi, which opened in March 2018, is the latest character café in the popular series of games and series in Tokyo. The café and the adjacent Pokémon Center DX store were opened in 1997 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first store. The bright café, which is furnished in warm wood tones, offers main courses, desserts and drinks - all of which are arranged with a focus on one or more Pokémon and some are suitable and limited to certain topics or seasons. You can also find exclusive merchandise here - from plush toys in chef jackets to bowls and cutlery with Pokémon motifs. They also sell Pikachu Sweets, special sweets and products with the most popular of all Pokémon as a motif. A visit to the Pokémon Café is only possible with a prior reservation, time slots can be selected from one month in advance and also in English via the website. It is located on the 5th floor of the Nihombashi Takashimaya Shopping Center, which is not far from the Tokyo and Nihonbashi stations.
PIZZERIA & BAR NOHGA is an all day dining restaurant interpreting a fusion of “Spanish Italian” cuisine and has a kitchen to table design. There is a casual bar area and restaurant where you can take a peek inside the open kitchen whilst enjoying your meal. Visit the cafe for a range of coffees and teas along with an offering of tapas snacks and seasonal desserts. The cafe also offers an assorted dessert and all-you-can-drink cafe set. Breakfast takes on the art of sharing, where a range of platters are combined with focaccia and your choice of eggs cooked your way. Coming for lunch? Choose from a selection of pizzas, pastas and salads. Each lunch menu is accompanied with homemade soup, iced tea and focaccia. Dinner time offers a range of exquisite tapas and pizzas that can also be shared. Breakfast: 07:00 - 10:00, Lunch 11:30 - 14:30, Cafe 14:30 - 18:00, Dinner: 18:00 - 23:00 with last order at 10pm.
Ayam-YA is a certified halal ramen restaurant found in the Okachimachi area of Tokyo, between Asakusa and Ueno, and not far from Assalaam Mosque. A sister branch in Kyoto also exists.
CD/DVD sales and rentals are on the right and the bookstore is on the left side of the street, about a 5-minute walk from Gotanda Station West Exit. The store stocks a wide selection of video games and comics and everything you could want entertainment-wise.
Tokyo International Forum is a multipurpose Tokyo exhibition center located in the central Marunouchi district of Tokyo. It is a convention and arts center that is equipped with a range of facilities including multiple halls and 34 conference rooms Glass atrium, a large number of shops and restaurants as well as an art museum.The forum is visited by around 23 million people every year and serves as a center for promoting and conveying extensive culture and information. The forum offers a diverse program of events throughout the year, including international conferences, ceremonies, academic meetings, exhibitions, concerts, musicals and fashion shows. People of all ages and from different backgrounds come together here to exchange ideas. [Photo: Francesco Dazzi / Shutterstock.com].
The 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo prompted the renaming of the building previously known as the 1000-day theater in Tokyo Sports Square. Tokyo Sports Square is used for event preparations and is intended to provide information directly to fans. It is planned that the wonderful sides of Tokyo will also be shown to advantage. You can enjoy food and drinks here while watching the exciting games on a big screen. Current updates of all favorite teams are also available here. There is also an exhibition of uniforms and mascots. Tokyo Sports Square will also be used to broadcast news about the Tokyo Olympics.