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Tokyo Station: Travel Hub and Attraction

Updated: Sep 25, 2021

Make time for sightseeing, shopping and dining at Tokyo Station.

If you take any long distance rail or bus trip during your visit to Japan, you are likely to depart from Tokyo Station or its immediate vicinity. But Tokyo Station is more than simply a transport hub; it is an attraction in its own right. Visit for stunning architecture, unique souvenirs and a multitude of eating and drinking options.

Getting orientated

North–south train lines divide the station into two. The west side faces the business and financial districts of Marunouchi and Otemachi while the east faces Yaesu, offering access to the historic and commercial district of Nihonbashi. South of the station are the shopping areas of Yurakucho and Ginza.

Serving the huge metropolis, Tokyo Station sees more than 4,000 trains and 500,000 passengers daily, making it the busiest station in Japan. Naturally, it is a major hub for JR and Tokyo Metro lines. Trains serving the Tokyo area operate on 10 over-ground lines. Four underground platforms serve various regional and long-distance trains including the NEX express train to Narita International Airport.

Tokyo Station is also the departure point for numerous Shinkansen (bullet train) services. Heading south, the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines connect the capital with Osaka, Fukuoka and beyond. Numerous Shinkansen lines also run north to Tohoku and northeast to Hokuriku. All the Shinkansen tracks are on the Yaesu side of the station.

Overall it’s easy to get lost or feel disorientated in the station. But the signage has been improved in recent years, making it easier to navigate, and Tokyoites are very helpful. You will find them to be happy to point you in the right direction.

Shopping, dining and architecture

There are restaurants and shops throughout the station area, both outside and inside the ticket gates.

First Avenue (Tokyo-eki Ichibangai), which runs under the tracks, is a popular spot for ramen, sweets and goods related to well-known characters such as Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma. Gransta and Kurobei Yokocho (Black Fence Alley) are ideal for gourmands, with a multitude of Japanese and Western food options.

Accessible spaces

The station buildings underwent major re-development in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and are among the most barrier-free public travel spaces in the capital.

Find out more

Get details of Tokyo Station at the Tokyo Station City website.

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