Tokyo Station is one of Japan’s busiest train stations. Naturally, it has a plethora of shopping and dining options to match. Feeding and entertaining millions of people every day is no small feat!
Tokyo Station - image © Florentyna Leow
If you’re visiting Tokyo or taking a train out of Tokyo, you’re very likely to pass through Tokyo Station. It’s the major hub for intercity bus and bullet train travel to other regions, and it’s also where many of the city’s JR train lines converge.
As you can guess, this makes it an immensely crowded and busy station. Tokyo Station’s labyrinthian structure can also be stressful to navigate for the first time. Things have improved in recent years, with ample English signage added everywhere, and an increase in the number of English-speaking station staff. If you need help in finding your way somewhere, they should be your first port of call.
Tokyo Station has a mind-boggling number of shopping and dining options. Most of them are within the station, such as the famous Ramen Street, Character Street, and Kitchen Streets, but there are also other shopping complexes, department stores, and buildings in the area that are accessible via underground passages. Daimaru, the Shin-Marunouchi Building, and JP Tower KITTE are just a few examples. You could literally spend days in the Tokyo Station vicinity and still not cover everything.
If you need to leave your suitcases somewhere while you do all that shopping or eating in the station, you should do this at the JR EAST Travel Service Center Baggage Storage at the Marunouchi North Exit. Afterwards, getting back to the Yaesu side where all the shops and restaurants are is a breeze - just walk through the connecting passageway nearby.
If you’re not particularly keen on capitalist pursuits, Tokyo Station is notable as well for its architecture. It’s worth walking around the Marunouchi exits to admire the red brick building and perhaps have a look around the Tokyo Station Hotel. Don’t forget to look up at the ceiling of the Marunouchi South Exit - you’ll feel like you’re in Europe.
1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
Varies by facility
Adults: 140 (platform ticket)
Elementary school students: 70 (platform ticket)
Train: 60-minute from Narita Airport by limited express.
+81-50-2016-1603 (JR East Infoline)
Official Website (English)
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Tokyo Station is located in Tokyo's Tokyo Station and Marunouchi district. See our complete list of things to do in Tokyo Station and Marunouchi, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
Tokyo Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Tokyo guide
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- You can buy a Japan SIM card online for collection on arrival at Tokyo Narita or Haneda airports. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Compare airline flight prices and timings for the best Japan flight deals.
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