7 Things to know about Tokyo Station | japan-guide.com

Serving over half a million passengers a day,
Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations in Japan. The station first opened to the public just
over 100 years ago and quickly became a transit hub connecting Tokyo to the rest of Japan. Tokyo Station is also the zero mile marker
for many train lines. Today, the Tokyo Station that we know and
love is the result of years of restoration and construction. The Marunouchi side has recently been restored
to its former, historic glory, while the Yaesu side offers a modern and contemporary look. With its multiple levels and vast underground
offering a wide variety of shopping, dining and services, it is easy to spend an entire
day hanging out in Tokyo Station and its vicinity. To make things simpler for you, we have compiled
a list of 7 things to know about Tokyo Station. JAPAN RAIL CAFE
The JAPAN RAIL CAFE was the first of its kind to open in Japan. Located across from the Yaesu Central Gate
of Tokyo Station, it consists of a travel counter and a restaurant that offers travelers
up-to-date travel information and Japanese dishes. The interior decor and souvenirs at the JAPAN
RAIL CAFE change periodically and focus on a different region of Japan each time. Staff at the travel counter offer sightseeing
advice and information as well as process rail pass and ticket purchases. These services provide a smooth and painless
trip preparation process, which is invaluable when visiting a new place. A large interactive screen displays travel
videos as well as an array of activities. The cafe is a cosy and casual place, which
is great for meeting friends or passing time before or after a train ride. Diners can look forward to Japanese dishes,
and pair them with a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Takeaway bento boxes can also be purchased,
for those who are short on time. Finally, a traditionally decorated tatami
mat area in the cafe section offers visitors a photogenic place to take commemorative pictures. ecbo cloak service
Finding a vacant coin locker in Tokyo Station can be a search in futility especially during
the peak season. Using the ecbo cloak service allows one to
skip all of that hassle and straight to a baggage-free day out. Multi-day baggage keeping services are also
offered with ecbo cloak, which is a good option for those who want to travel light on overnight
trips. There are multiple ecbo cloak counters in
Tokyo Station. To make use of this service, simply make your
baggage reservation and payment on the ecbo cloak website and head to the counter on the
day to drop off your luggage. Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building
The original Tokyo Station building was designed by Tatsuno Kingo, an illustrious Japanese
architect from the early 20th century, and completed in 1914. However, the station building was heavily
damaged during WW2 and only a simplified version of the building was reconstructed after the
war. From 2007 to 2012, the station building was
restored to its pre-war glory. It then took another five years for the plaza
in front of the station to be beautified. Today, visitors can see how Tokyo Station
used to look like when it was first built in 1914, complete with the domes at the northern
and southern ends respectively. Tokyo Station Gallery
The Tokyo Station Gallery is an art museum located inside the Tokyo Station Marunouchi
Building. In addition to the temporary exhibitions,
the gallery is a great place to see some of the original brickwork and internal structural
design of Tokyo Station, which offers a unique blend of art and cultural heritage. Dining and Shopping
Travelers through Tokyo Station will never have to worry about being hungry or not finding
something they may or may not need. There are a myriad of restaurants and shops
both within the ticketed area and outside in the free to access area of Tokyo Station. Within the ticketed area are the Gransta and
ecute shopping and dining areas where one can find a large variety of ready to eat meals,
desserts and souvenirs to go, as well as the Ekibenya Matsuri, a popular bento store selling
boxed lunches from all over the country. Outside in the free to access area, Kitchen
Street is but just one of the many restaurant zones offering a wide variety of dining options. The Tokyo Station Hotel
The Tokyo Station Hotel opened in 1915 as a luxury hotel catering to the distinguished
guests from overseas and locally. Located inside the Tokyo Station Marunouchi
Building, the classic European-styled luxury hotel consists of 150 exquisite guest rooms,
ten restaurants and bars, and fitness and spa facilities. Some rooms offer a great view of the Marunouchi
side of Tokyo Station, and there are areas where staying guests can look up to see the
designs of the domes and down into the station itself. Not only is the in-house service meticulous,
staying guests who arrive by the Narita Express train from Narita Airport or by bullet train
can enjoy impeccable door to door porter service. Nearby spots in the vicinity of Tokyo Station
There are multiple sightseeing spots within easy walking distance of Tokyo Station, including
the Marunouchi and Otemachi business districts and the Imperial Palace. Of the skyscraper buildings surrounding Tokyo
Station on the Marunouchi side, the Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building and the
Japan Post Tower KITTE offer visitors the most varied shopping and dining experiences. Terraces at these three buildings also offer
a nice view of the red brick facade of Tokyo Station. Farther away, the Imperial Palace and the
Imperial Palace East Garden, which are located on the former grounds of the Edo Castle, make
for an educational and cultural visit. And that concludes our list of things to know
about Tokyo Station. Hopefully this gave you an idea of the things
to do in and around the station. For more information or to watch another video,
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