Japan Train Stations: Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station 東京駅
Tokyo Station is directly south of the electronics area of Akihabara and the museum district of Ueno and Ueno Park.
Tokyo Station's distinctive three storey, red-brick facade on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station was designed by Kingo Tatsuno and Kasai Manji and dates back to 1914, when the building was first opened after 6 years in construction, with four platforms.
It is rumoured that the design of Tokyo Station is based on that of Amsterdam Centraal Station in The Netherlands, which opened in 1889, though any resemblance may merely be superficial rather than planned. Tokyo Station was badly damaged during World War II.
Tokyo Station today has 10 platforms with 20 lines and the main concourse runs east-west, between the Yaesu and Marunouchi entrances to the station. Recently Tokyo Station has undergone a major renovation to return the buildings to their previous glory.
Tokyo Station is a main terminal for the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata, the Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai, Morioka, Hachinohe and Shin-Aomori Station, the Nagano Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen (to Shinjo) Lines as well as the JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Chuo Main Line, Keiyo Line, Marunouchi Subway Line, Sobu Main Line, Tokaido Main Line and Yokosuka Line.
The Narita Express (N'EX) to Narita International Airport also runs through Tokyo Station and takes 53 minutes for the fastest service to get to Narita.
Tokyo Station is on the Marunoichi Subway Line and is also connected by underground walkways to Otemachi Subway Station which is served by the Chiyoda, Hanzomon, Mita and Tozai Lines.
Heading to Osaka on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station the first stops are Shinagawa Station and Yokohama Station. A Nozomi Shinkansen will then stop at Nagoya Station, Kyoto Station before arriving at Shin-Osaka Station.
The Max Yamabiko and Hayate Shinkansen run from Tokyo Station to Morioka & Shin-Aomori Stations
Tokyo Station is the busiest station in Japan in terms of the number of trains - with 4,000 services each day.
Tokyo Station is also an important bus terminus for buses to various destinations in the Kanto region and overnight Highway buses to Kansai (western Japan) including Kyoto and Osaka, Tohoku (northern Japan) and Chubu, the area around Nagoya. There are also buses to Narita International Airport from both the Marunouchi and Yaesu exits of Tokyo Station and these other pick up points: Mandarin Oriental, Yaesu Fujiya Hotel and the Shangri-La Hotel. Journey time is about 2 hours. From the Yaesu Exit there are regular buses to Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture. Journey time is 1 hour, 15 minutes.
The Japan Rail Pass Exchange Corner is close to the Yaesu North Ticket Gate and the entrance to the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and nagano Shinkansen.
Tokyo Station is close to the Imperial Palace to the west, Kanda just one stop to the north on the Chuo Line and Ochanomizu two stops.
Within easy walking distince of the Marunouchi exit of Tokyo Station are a number of attractions including the Mitsubishi Ichigokan and Marunouchi Brick Square, Tokyo International Forum, the Oazo Building, the Marunouchi Building, the Tei Park Communications Museum, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts (Tel: 03 5777 8600), Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, the Imperial Theater, the exclusive, tree- and statue-lined shopping street of Naka-dori and the Babasaki Moat of the Imperial Palace.
Decorated ceiling at the Marunouchi ticket hall, Tokyo Station
Tokyo Sky Tours of Tokyo start from outside the Mitsubishi Building, from where visitors can enjoy bus tours of central Tokyo including rides on double-decker buses.
There are many shops, restaurants, cafes, left-luggage coin lockers in Tokyo Station's underground area with direct access from the station to the new Shin Marunouchi Building. Tokyo Station has two information centers with English-speakers available in the Central Passage and also the Park Exit. Hours are 9am-6pm.
The streets in the area around Tokyo Station are no-smoking.
The Marunouchi Building and Shin-Marunouchi Building are directly outside the Marunouchi entrance to Tokyo Station.
The landmark Tokyo Station Hotel was part of the recent redevelopment of the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station and is located within Tokyo Station. Other hotels convenient for Tokyo Station include the Marunouchi Hotel in the Oaza Building, the Metropolitan Hotel Marunouchi, very close to Tokyo Station and the deluxe Shangri-la Hotel.
View of the redeveloped Tokyo Station
In Yaesu the Hotel Ryumeikan is located in a 15 storey tower with great views while the Pearl Hotel Yaesu is popular with both Japanese and foreign guests. The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is convenient for Tokyo International Forum.
Tokyo Station is a major bus as well as train terminus; Tokyo Kaikan.
Yamanote Line at Tokyo Station Video
The brick facade at Marunouchi Exit, Tokyo Station
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