Tokyo Station


Tokyo Station celebrated its centenary in 2014 with a major renovation and expansion. Kingo Tatsuno's original elegant brick building on the Marunouchi side has been expertly restored to include domes faithful to the original design, decorated inside with relief sculptures. It's best viewed straight on from the plaza on Miyuki-dōri.

Elevated viewpoints include the rooftop garden of the KITTE shopping mall, or the terrace on the 7th floor of the Shin-Maru Building.

Tokyo Station Hotel occupies the south end of the building; to the north is Tokyo Station Gallery, which hosts interesting exhibitions, and the useful JR East Travel Service Center.

Tokyo Station City, the name for the general nontransport complex, includes, on the eastern Yaesu side, Daimaru department store, and a vast and bewildering network of underground shopping and dining arcades. Here you can pick up a bentō (boxed lunch) – perfect for long train rides – and souvenirs from across Japan.

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1. Tokyo Station Gallery

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Within the north end of the original Tokyo Station brick building, this small museum mounts regularly changing exhibitions sometimes based around JR's own…

2. Intermediatheque

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Dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation, Intermediatheque cherry-picks from the vast collection of the University of Tokyo to craft a fascinating,…

3. Artizon Museum

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Amassed by Bridgestone founder Ishibashi Shōjiro, this is one of the best French impressionist collections you will find in Asia – although it is closed…

4. Mitsubishi Ichigōkan Museum

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Housed in a handsome reproduction of the area’s first office building (designed in 1894 by English architect Josiah Conder), this museum showcases…

5. Tokyo International Forum

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This architectural marvel designed by Rafael Viñoly houses a convention and arts centre, with eight auditoriums and a spacious courtyard in which concerts…

6. National Film Archive of Japan

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Here you'll find an archive of Japanese and foreign films, as well as books, periodicals, posters and other materials. There are daily screenings of…

7. Wadakura Fountain Park

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Just to the northeast corner of Kōkyo-gaien Plaza, this small park has two fountains that were built to commemorate the weddings of past Emperor Akihito…

8. Idemitsu Museum of Arts

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This museum's excellent collection of Japanese art is sprinkled with Chinese and Korean pottery and a few stray Western pieces – the result of the…