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.
The Tōkaidō (Osaka), Tōhoku (Shin-Aomori), Jōetsu(Niigata) and Nagano Shinkansen bullet train as well as the Hikari and Kodama bullet trains can be found at Tokyo Station. Capable of getting you across Japan in just a few hours. They are truly an engineering feat and something that everyone should experience at least once.
The GRANSTA in one of Tokyo's biggest underground shopping malls. Featuring a now total of 153 store fronts, there is truly no shortage of goods for you to explore. GRANSTA is where any traveler could find anything they could ever need and is one of Tokyo Stations' most convenient features.
Founded in 1988, Tokyo Station Art Gallery is a break away from the chaos. Surrounded by the original brick used to build the station, you will find various historical artworks on display. There are also periodic exhibitions that can be enjoyed throughout the year.Discover Toyko Art Gallery
First Avenue Tokyo Station is located in JR Tokyo Station just outside the ticket gates. Here you will find a variety of shops consisting of character shops, souvenir shops and the Tokyo Ramen Street. Due to all that you can find and its convenient location next to the station, there are always a crowd of shoppers eager to see what they can find.Discover First Avenue
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.
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