Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station 東京駅

Red brick facade of Tokyo Station
Front of Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is a broad, imposing brick building in the Marunouchi business district just east of the Imperial Palace. Tokyo Station serves numerous lines, most notably as the terminal station for several shinkansen bullet train lines.

Tokyo Station is a couple of station stops south of the electronics area of Akihabara and and a little north of the luxury Ginza shopping district.

History of Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station's distinctive three story, red-brick facade on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station dates back to 1914, when the building was first opened after 6 years of construction, with four platforms.

The design of Tokyo Station is said to be based on that of Amsterdam Centraal Station in The Netherlands, which opened in 1889. Tokyo Station was badly damaged during World War II but underwent a major renovation, completed in 2012, returning the buildings to their former glory. Further major improvements are currently underway at Tokyo Station, the major project being to make the station barrier-free by 2020, the year the Olympic Games is due to be hosted in Tokyo.

Tokyo Station.

Tokyo Station Facilities

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 has two information centers with English-speakers available in the Central Passage and also the Park Exit, open 9am-6pm. There are many shops, restaurants, cafes, left-luggage coin lockers in Tokyo Station's underground area. There is also direct underground access from the station to the Shin Marunouchi Building.

Trains From Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is the busiest train station in Japan in terms of the daily number of trains (about 4,000), and third busiest in terms of daily passenger numbers. Three types of train depart and arrive Tokyo Station:

Shinkansen at Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station serves the following shinkansen (bullet train) lines:

Ordinary Railway Lines at Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station serves the following regular railway lines:

Subway Lines at Tokyo Station

The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line is the only subway line at Tokyo station.

However, the following subway stations are walking distance from Tokyo Station, accessible by underground passageway:

  • Otemachi Station on the the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-11), Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Z-08), Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-18), Toei Mita Line (I-09), and Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (T-09)
  • Nijubashimae Station (about 200 meters west) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-10)
  • Yurakucho Station (about 500 meters south) on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (Y18), the Keihin-Tohoku Line and the JR Yamanote Line
  • Hibiya Station (about 800 meters south-west) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-09), the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-07), and the Toei Mita Line (I-08)
  • Ginza Station (about 850 meters south) on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-09), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-08), and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-16)
  • Higashi-Ginza Station (about 1 km south-east) on the Toei Asakusa Line (A-11) and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-09)
Yamabiko Shinkansen.
Max Yamabiko Shinkansen
Hayate Shinkansen.
Hayate Shinkansen
Tokyo Station.

Buses From Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is also an important bus terminus or stop for bus services to various destinations in the Kanto region (such as Narita International Airport and Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture), and overnight highway buses to Kansai (western Japan) including Kyoto and Osaka, Tohoku (northern Japan) and Chubu, the area around Nagoya.

Most Tokyo Station buses arrive at and depart from the Yaesu Exit on the eastern side of Tokyo Station (i.e., the side with the big awning). Some buses leave a little further south on the Yaesu Exit side, from the Marunouchi Kajibashi Parking Express Bus Terminal. There are buses to Narita International Airport from both the Marunouchi and Yaesu exits of Tokyo Station and these other pick up points: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo and the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo. 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.

Tokyo Station, Japan.
Tokyo Station, Marunouchi, Tokyo.

Around Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is close to the Imperial Palace just to the west, Kanda Station one stop to the north on the Chuo Line, and Ochanomizu Station two stops north.

Within easy walking distance of the Marunouchi exit of Tokyo Station are a number of attractions including Kitte Marunouchi, 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.

Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan.
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.

The streets in the area around Tokyo Station are no-smoking.

Marunouchi Building and Shin-Marunouchi Building.
The Marunouchi Building and Shin-Marunouchi Building are directly outside the Marunouchi entrance to Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station area.
The Tokyo Station area has some of the world's most expensive real estate

Hotels Near Tokyo Station

The landmark Tokyo Station Hotel located inside Tokyo Station was part of the station's recent restoration, and is a listed Important Cultural Property in classical European style with facilities and hospitality to match. 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.

Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan.
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.

Bus leaving Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Station is a major bus as well as train terminus
Tokyo Kaikan.
Tokyo Kaikan will reopen in 2019 after renovation

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Tokyo Station from above, with the distinctive awning of the Yaesu Exit on the far side

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