By Ilona Lin
Tokyo Metro Kanda Station is one of the more user friendly stations on the Tokyo Metro network. Located on the Ginza (G13) line, Kanda station is a simple station, one that’s less likely to induce the shock and awe you may experience when trying to navigate some of Tokyo’s larger hub stations. Kanda Station services the Ginza line with Platform 1 taking you southbound for Ginza and Shibuya, and Platform 2 taking you north to Ueno and Asakusa. The station also has a connection to the JR Yamanote Line.
The station itself is quite small however easily handles foot traffic with its free flowing platform and easy to navigate entries and exits. One thing I liked about Kanda Station was how easy it was to navigate even during peak hours. Here you don’t have to worry about coming around a corner and being confronted with 500 people all rushing for the train that already left. Instead you can choose a very direct route to either the southbound or northbound exits of the station. There are numerous hotels in close proximity to the station if you would like to base yourself in the Kanda area, those of which are within walking distance are listed below:
- Central hotel
- Kanda Station Hotel
- Olmpic Inn Kanda
- Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda
Adding to the friendly factor, Kanda only has 6 exits, that’s right, only 6. Exit 1 is tucked away next to the Newdays shop located in front of the JR Yamanote line connection gates. Exit 2 will bring you to a lane-way beside Sunkus which leads south to a variety of karaoke bars, pachinko, book stores and Yakiniku restaurants, one which is located underground as you exit. The central exits 3 & 4 will bring you out at street level, where you can stop for a coffee and exploit the free WiFi at Starbucks or if coffee is not your thing, you can always stop in at Pizza Hut or Burger King. There are multiple lane-ways around exit 3 & 4 where you can find quaint little yakitori restaurants and bars. Finally, the northbound exits 5 & 6 will lead you to Chuo-dori Ave where you will find the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and only a short walk to the Kanda Post Office.
Tokyo Metro Kanda Station, a pleasant transit for a change.
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