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  • Serving over half a million passengers a day, Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations

  • in Japan.

  • The station first opened to the public just over 100 years ago and quickly became a transit

  • hub connecting Tokyo to the rest of Japan.

  • Tokyo Station is also the zero mile marker for many train lines.

  • Today, the Tokyo Station that we know and love is the result of years of restoration

  • and construction.

  • The Marunouchi side has recently been restored to its former, historic glory, while the Yaesu

  • side offers a modern and contemporary look.

  • With its multiple levels and vast underground offering a wide variety of shopping, dining

  • and services, it is easy to spend an entire day hanging out in Tokyo Station and its vicinity.

  • To make things simpler for you, we have compiled a list of 7 things to know about Tokyo Station.

  • JAPAN RAIL CAFE The JAPAN RAIL CAFE was the first of its kind

  • to open in Japan.

  • Located across from the Yaesu Central Gate of Tokyo Station, it consists of a travel

  • counter and a restaurant that offers travelers up-to-date travel information and Japanese

  • dishes.

  • The interior decor and souvenirs at the JAPAN RAIL CAFE change periodically and focus on

  • a different region of Japan each time.

  • Staff at the travel counter offer sightseeing advice and information as well as process

  • rail pass and ticket purchases.

  • These services provide a smooth and painless trip preparation process, which is invaluable

  • when visiting a new place.

  • A large interactive screen displays travel videos as well as an array of activities.

  • The cafe is a cosy and casual place, which is great for meeting friends or passing time

  • before or after a train ride.

  • Diners can look forward to Japanese dishes, and pair them with a large variety of alcoholic

  • and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Takeaway bento boxes can also be purchased, for those who are short on time.

  • Finally, a traditionally decorated tatami mat area in the cafe section offers visitors

  • a photogenic place to take commemorative pictures.

  • ecbo cloak service Finding a vacant coin locker in Tokyo Station

  • can be a search in futility especially during the peak season.

  • Using the ecbo cloak service allows one to skip all of that hassle and straight to a

  • baggage-free day out.

  • Multi-day baggage keeping services are also offered with ecbo cloak, which is a good option

  • for those who want to travel light on overnight trips.

  • There are multiple ecbo cloak counters in Tokyo Station.

  • To make use of this service, simply make your baggage reservation and payment on the ecbo

  • cloak website and head to the counter on the day to drop off your luggage.

  • Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building The original Tokyo Station building was designed

  • by Tatsuno Kingo, an illustrious Japanese architect from the early 20th century, and

  • completed in 1914.

  • However, the station building was heavily damaged during WW2 and only a simplified version

  • of the building was reconstructed after the war.

  • From 2007 to 2012, the station building was restored to its pre-war glory.

  • It then took another five years for the plaza in front of the station to be beautified.

  • Today, visitors can see how Tokyo Station used to look like when it was first built

  • in 1914, complete with the domes at the northern and southern ends respectively.

  • Tokyo Station Gallery The Tokyo Station Gallery is an art museum

  • located inside the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.

  • In addition to the temporary exhibitions, the gallery is a great place to see some of

  • the original brickwork and internal structural design of Tokyo Station, which offers a unique

  • blend of art and cultural heritage.

  • Dining and Shopping Travelers through Tokyo Station will never

  • have to worry about being hungry or not finding something they may or may not need.

  • There are a myriad of restaurants and shops both within the ticketed area and outside

  • in the free to access area of Tokyo Station.

  • Within the ticketed area are the Gransta and ecute shopping and dining areas where one

  • can find a large variety of ready to eat meals, desserts and souvenirs to go, as well as the

  • Ekibenya Matsuri, a popular bento store selling boxed lunches from all over the country.

  • Outside in the free to access area, Kitchen Street is but just one of the many restaurant

  • zones offering a wide variety of dining options.

  • The Tokyo Station Hotel The Tokyo Station Hotel opened in 1915 as

  • a luxury hotel catering to the distinguished guests from overseas and locally.

  • Located inside the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, the classic European-styled luxury

  • hotel consists of 150 exquisite guest rooms, ten restaurants and bars, and fitness and

  • spa facilities.

  • Some rooms offer a great view of the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station, and there are areas

  • where staying guests can look up to see the designs of the domes and down into the station

  • itself.

  • Not only is the in-house service meticulous, staying guests who arrive by the Narita Express

  • train from Narita Airport or by bullet train can enjoy impeccable door to door porter service.

  • Nearby spots in the vicinity of Tokyo Station There are multiple sightseeing spots within

  • easy walking distance of Tokyo Station, including the Marunouchi and Otemachi business districts

  • and the Imperial Palace.

  • Of the skyscraper buildings surrounding Tokyo Station on the Marunouchi side, the Marunouchi

  • Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building and the Japan Post Tower KITTE offer visitors the

  • most varied shopping and dining experiences.

  • Terraces at these three buildings also offer a nice view of the red brick facade of Tokyo

  • Station.

  • Farther away, the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Garden, which are located

  • on the former grounds of the Edo Castle, make for an educational and cultural visit.

  • And that concludes our list of things to know about Tokyo Station.

  • Hopefully this gave you an idea of the things to do in and around the station.

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Serving over half a million passengers a day, Tokyo Station is one of the busiest stations

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