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Tokyo Station
東京駅
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Tokyo Station
Location
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
City Chiyoda
History
Year opened 1914
Rail services
Line(s) JR East
Chūō Main Line
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Keiyō Line
Sōbu Main Line
Tōkaidō Main Line
Yamanote Line
Yokosuka Line
Tōhoku Shinkansen
Yamagata Shinkansen
Akita Shinkansen
Jōetsu Shinkansen
Nagano Shinkansen
JR Central
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tokyo Metro
Marunouchi Line

Tokyo Station (東京駅 Tōkyō-eki ?) is a train station located in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district.

It is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo, the busiest station in Japan in terms of number of trains per day (over 3,000), and the eighth-busiest in Japan in terms of passenger throughput. It is the starting point and terminus for most of Japan's Shinkansen (high-speed rail lines), and is served by many local and regional commuter lines of Japan Railways, as well as the Tokyo Metro network.

Contents

Lines

The following lines pass through or terminate at Tokyo Station:

The station is linked by underground passageways to the Ōtemachi underground (subway) station complex served by the Tōzai, Chiyoda, Hanzōmon and Mita lines.

Tokyo Station is also a major intercity bus terminal, with regular midday service to several cities in the Kantō region and overnight service to the Kansai and Tōhoku regions.

Layout

Tokyo Station from above (2004)

The main station facade on the western side of the station is brick-built, surviving from the time when the station opened in 1914. The main station consists of 10 island platforms serving 20 tracks, raised above street level running in a north-south direction. The main concourse runs east-west below the platforms. The Shinkansen lines are on the east (or Yaesu) side of the station, along with a multi-story Daimaru department store.

Underground are the two Sōbu/Yokosuka line platforms serving four tracks (five stories below ground level) to the west of the station; the two Keiyō line platforms serving four tracks are four stories below ground some hundreds of meters to the south of the main station with moving sidewalks to serve connecting passengers.

The whole complex is linked by an extensive system of underground passageways which merge with surrounding commercial buildings and shopping centres.

Ground platforms

1/2 Chūō Main Line Shinjuku -Tachikawa - Takao - Ōme (via Ōme Line)
3 Keihin-Tōhoku Line Ueno - Ōmiya
4 Yamanote Line Ueno - Ikebukuro
5 Yamanote Line Shinagawa - Shibuya
6 Keihin-Tōhoku Line Shinagawa - Kawasaki - Yokohama - Ōfuna
7/8 Tōkaidō Line Yokohama - Odawara - Atami - Numazu - Itō (via Ito Line)
9/10 Tōkaidō Line Atami - Shizuoka - Osaka - Shimoda (via Izu Kyūkō Line)

Shinkansen platforms

14-19 Tōkaidō Shinkansen Nagoya - Kyoto - Shin-Osaka - Hiroshima - Hakata
20-23 Tōhoku Shinkansen Sendai - Morioka - Hachinohe (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
Yamagata - Shinjo (Yamagata Shinkansen)
Akita (Akita Shinkansen)
Jōetsu Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen Echigo-Yuzawa - Niigata (Jōetsu Shinkansen)
Nagano (Nagano Shinkansen)

Yokosuka/Sōbu platforms

Sōbu B1 Yokosuka Line Ōfuna - Zushi - Kurihama
Sōbu B2 Yokosuka Line Ōfuna - Zushi - Kurihama
Sōbu Line (Rapid) Chiba - Chōshi - Narita Airport (via Narita Line)
Sōbu B3 Sōbu Line (Rapid) Chiba - Naruto - Kazusa-Ichinomiya (via Sotobō Line) - Kimitsu (via Uchibō Line)
Sōbu B4 Sōbu Line (Rapid) Chiba - Naruto - Narita Airport (via Narita Line) - Kazusa-Ichinomiya (via Sotobō Line) - Kimitsu (via Uchibō Line)

Keiyō platforms

Keiyō B1-4 Keiyō Line Soga - Nishi-Funabashi - Fuchu-Honmachi (via Musashino Line)
Keiyō B1 Keiyō Line Soga - Kazusa-Ichinomiya - Katsuura - Awa-Kamogawa (via Sotobō Line) - Kimitsu - Tateyama (via Uchibō Line)

Tokyo Metro platforms

1 Marunouchi Line Ogikubo
2 Marunouchi Line Ikebukuro

History

Tokyo Station in December 1914 shortly after completion
An undated view of Tokyo Station showing its pre-war appearance
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Side undergoing renovation, November 2009

In 1889, a Tokyo municipal committee drew up plans for an elevated railway line connecting the Tōkaidō Main Line terminal at Shinbashi to the Nippon Railway (now Tōhoku Main Line) terminal at Ueno. The Imperial Diet resolved in 1896 to construct a new station on this line called Central Station (中央停車場 Chūō Teishajō ?), located directly in front of the gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Construction was delayed due to the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, but finally commenced in 1908. The three-story station building was designed by architect Tatsuno Kingo (who also designed Manseibashi Station and the nearby Bank of Japan building) as a restrained celebration of Japan's costly victory in the Russo-Japanese War. The building is often rumored to be fashioned after Amsterdam's main station, although there is little evidence to support the opinion. Terunobu Fujimori, a scholar of Western architecture, denies the rumor, having studied Tatsuno's styles as well as the building itself.[1]

Tokyo Station opened on December 18, 1914 with four platforms—two serving electric trains (current Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku Line platforms) and two serving non-electric trains (current Tokaido Line platforms). The Chuo Main Line extension to the station was completed in 1919 and originally stopped at the platform now used by northbound Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku trains. During this early era, the station only had gates on the Marunouchi side, with the north side serving as an exit and the south side serving as an entrance.

In 1921, Prime Minister Hara Takashi was assassinated at the south gates. The Yaesu side of the station opened in 1929.

Much of the station was destroyed in two B-29 firebombings on May 25 and June 25, 1945. These bombings shattered the impressive glass domes. The station was quickly rebuilt within the year, but simple angular roofs were built in place of the domes, and the restored building was only two stories tall instead of three.

Tokyo Station Yaesu Side, with the new GranTokyo South Tower completed in 2007.

The Yaesu side was also rebuilt following the war, but the rebuilt structure was damaged by fire in 1949, and the Yaesu side was then significantly upgraded with a contemporary exterior and large Daimaru department store. The new Yaesu side facilities opened in 1953, including two new platforms for Tokaido Main Line services (now used by Shinkansen trains). Two more platforms opened in 1964 to accommodate the first Shinkansen services. The Yaesu side was partially rebuilt again in 1991 to accommodate the Shinkansen extension from Ueno.

The station complex is presently being redeveloped. The Marunouchi side will be restored and the surrounding area converted into a broad plaza extending into a walkway toward the Imperial Palace, with space for bus and taxi ranks: this construction is scheduled for completion in 2010. On the Yaesu side, the current multi-story exterior will be replaced by a much lower structure with a large canopy covering outdoor waiting and loading areas, and twin high-rise towers at each end. This project is due for completion in 2013.

Proposed developments

There are plans to build a spur from the nearby Toei Asakusa Line, which would provide Tokyo Station a second direct connection to the subway network, and also possibly provide faster connections from the station to Tokyo's airports, Haneda and Narita.

A JR East project will extend the services of the Utsunomiya Line, the Takasaki Line, and the Joban Line to Tokyo Station by constructing the Tohoku Through Line[2]

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Terminus   JR East Chūō Line (Rapid - All services)   Kanda
Yūrakuchō   JR East Yamanote Line   Kanda
JR East Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Yūrakuchō Local Kanda
Hamamatsuchō Rapid Akihabara
Ueno
(planned for 2013)
Currently Tōkaidō Line: Terminus
  JR East Tōkaidō Line (All services)
JR East Tōhoku Through Line (All services; planned for 2013)
  Shimbashi
Shin-Nihombashi   JR East Yokosuka Line / Sōbu Line Rapid   Shimbashi
Terminus   JR East Keiyō Line (All services)   Hatchōbori
Terminus   JR Central Tōkaidō/Sanyō Shinkansen   Shinagawa
Terminus   JR East Tōhoku/Jōetsu Shinkansen   Ueno
Ōtemachi (M18)   Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M17)   Ginza (M16)

See also

References

  1. ^ Kenchiku Tantei Uten Kekkō (建築探偵 雨天決行; "Architecture Detective, Rain or Shine"), Terunobu Fujimori, ISBN 978-4022611796
  2. ^ An Interview with the President on JR East website, retrieved 2009-05-13

External links

Coordinates: 35°40′51″N 139°46′01″E / 35.68083°N 139.76694°E / 35.68083; 139.76694


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Tokyo/Chiyoda article)

From Wikitravel

Nijūbashi, in front of the Imperial Palace
Nijūbashi, in front of the Imperial Palace

Tokyo's Chiyoda (千代田)[1] Ward is the center of the city and in many ways the center of all Japan. A mere 12 km² houses the Imperial Palace, the Diet, the ministries of Kasumigaseki, the corporate headquarters of Marunouchi, the controversial Yasukuni Shrine... and still has room left over for the shopping districts of Akihabara, Jimbocho and Kanda.

Get in

Tokyo Station (東京駅 Tōkyō-eki), the hub for all Shinkansen trains, lies to the east side of Chiyoda. Note that the Shinkansen exits are on the Yaesu side in Chuo Ward; to get to the Marunouchi side in Chiyoda Ward, you want to cross over to the west exit. The west side of the station is something of a sight in itself as it reflects the station's original World War I-era architecture. The station is presently undergoing a multi-year renovation and facelift (scheduled to be completed around 2011). As of 2009, the station is surrounded by construction so access is limited, although the station can still clearly be seen from certain points along the sidewalk. A benefit of the development is that it has spurred the placement of many interpretive panels along the hoarding, detailing the history, architectural detailing, and future of the station building.

The JR Yamanote line (light green) passes through Tokyo Station in a loop around the center of the city, and the JR Chuo line (orange) and Sobu line (yellow) bisect the loop horizontally. Yurakucho, Akihabara, Kanda (on the Yamanote) and Ochanomizu, Yotsuya (on the Chuo) are among the train stations located within the ward. Narita Express trains from Narita Airport stop at Tokyo (¥2940, 53 min.) on the Sobu platforms.

Many subway lines crisscross the district. These include the Marunouchi Line (red) (to Shinjuku), the Hanzomon Line (purple) (to Shibuya), the Hibiya Line (gray) (to Roppongi), the Tozai Line (blue) (to Nakano), and the Chiyoda Line (green) (to Harajuku). The nearby Toei Asakusa Line (pink) stops slightly to the east at Kyobashi and Nihonbashi, on which Keikyu Line trains run through to Haneda Airport (¥650, about 35 minutes).

Otemachi Station (大手町駅 Ōtemachi-eki), shared by five subway lines, is by far the largest subway station in Tokyo and sprawls under multiple city blocks underneath the Marunouchi district between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. Transferring from, say, the Hanzomon Line to the Toei Mita Line here involves navigating a gauntlet of escalators and walking well over a kilometer.

By bus

Airport Limousine buses run from Narita to Tokyo Station every 10 to 20 minutes via the Tokyo City Air Terminal (1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on traffic, ¥3000), and less frequently to area hotels. From Haneda, buses run every 30 to 40 minutes (about 45 minutes in duration, depending on traffic, ¥900).

Fujimi-yagura, a relic of Edo Castle on the Imperial Palace grounds
Fujimi-yagura, a relic of Edo Castle on the Imperial Palace grounds
  • Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo), +81 03-3213-1111. Surrounded by a series of moats and high walls, the site of the former Edo Castle has been the official residence of the Japanese imperial family since 1868. Reputedly the most expensive square kilometre in the world, which during the height of Japan's bubble was estimated to be worth slightly more than California. Unfortunately, the inner palace gardens and buildings are closed to the general public except on January 2 and December 23, when the imperial family makes a public appearance. However, foreigners can also apply online[2] to join a free guided tour (daily at 10AM and 2PM). If you're feeling lucky, you can also try just showing up at the Imperial Household Agency office located in the northwest corner of the Imperial Palace Park, which is open 9 AM-noon, 1PM-2PM; if there's space, you can join a tour on the same day. Tours are conducted only in Japanese, but electronic audio guides (in English) will be lent to foreign visitors free of charge. At the end of the tour, visitors wishing to enter the East Gardens (see next entry) will be given entrance cards and allowed through to the gardens via a private gate, allowing them to bypass the lines at the main Ōte-mon entrance; pay attention to the announcement in Japanese and queue up as directed.  edit
  • Imperial Palace East Gardens. Open daily except Mondays and Fridays. Kept in impeccable shape, the gardens are particularly beautiful during the March and April plum and cherry blossom seasons. Entrance is free through a number of gates; you will be given a plastic entrance card at the gate, which you are obliged to return upon leaving; most visitors use the Ōte-mon (大手門) gate near the Ōtemachi subway station (exit C10). Also an easy walking distance from Tokyo station.  edit
Lake in Kitanomaru Park
Lake in Kitanomaru Park
  • Kitanomaru Park. Connected to the East Gardens on the North side is this park. Offering much of the same, it is a convenient way to get to Yasukuni Shrine. The park also houses the Nihon Budokan, which regularly stages martial arts competitions and live concerts, as well as the Kagaku Gijyutsukan (Science museum).  edit
  • Chidoriga-fuchi Moat (千鳥ヶ淵), on the Northwest side of the Imperial gardens grounds. One of, if not "the" most prominent cherry blossom site in Tokyo, and attracts throngs of people in its March-to-April peak season. It is located just across the street from Yasukuni-shrine. Rowboats are also available for one to row along a limited portion of the moat at ¥500 for 30 minutes, ¥1000 for an hour and at a slightly more expensive rate during cherry blossom periods.  edit
Worshipping at the Yasukuni Shrine
Worshipping at the Yasukuni Shrine
  • Yasukuni Shrine (靖國神社 yasukuni-jinja), 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, +81 03-3261-8326, [3]. A controversial shrine to Japan's war dead, housing the souls of some 2.5 million people killed in Japan's wars — including convicted war criminals executed by the Allies. A favorite haunt of right-wing groups in black loudspeaker-equipped trucks. Open daily and free entrance adjacent to Metro Hanzomon line Kudanshita station, or cross the bridge north from Kitanomaru Park. Festivals take place most notably in mid-July and mid-October, which can attract as many people and vendors as it does on New Year's Day when the Japanese come to pray for a prosperous year. It can also get quite crowded during cherry blossom season.  edit
  • Yushukan War Memorial Museum (遊就館), (adjacent to the shrine). Daily 9AM-5PM. An odd collection of military paraphernalia (including human torpedoes and letters from kamikaze pilots) and one-sided descriptions of the war. Entry a rather steep ¥800.  edit
  • Holy Resurrection Cathedral (ニコライ堂 Nikorai-do), +81 03-3291-1885. A beautifully-restored 1800s-vintage Russian Orthodox cathedral located near Ochanomizu Station on the Chuo Line. Use the Hijiribashi exit. The Hijiribashi bridge by the exit is one of the better looking bridges in Tokyo and looks moderately attractive when lit-up at night.  edit
  • Kanda Myojin, a block north across the river from Ochanomizu station. This shrine has a history dating back to the 8th century and had been highly regarded under the Edo shogunate. The current red-pillared structure has been rebuilt after being completely destroyed in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. The Kanda Matsuri festival, which takes place in mid-May every other year is one of the largest in Tokyo and is a sight to behold. Arrive before noon or the shrine gets packed with spectators.  edit
  • Hie Jinja, located on the opposite side of the Imperial garden, +81 03-3581-2471. Another prominent shrine in Tokyo and the Sanno Matsuri festival it hosts in June is counted among the 3 Great festival of Tokyo. Located a five minute walk from Kokkai-gijido-mae station on the Metro Chiyoda line.  edit

Other

Japan's administrative center, located around Kasumigaseki and Nagatacho in the southwestern corner of Chiyoda, is full of very un-picturesque buildings. One exception is the Ministry of Justice (exit 5 from Sakuradamon, Yurakucho Line), a beautiful 1800s-vintage building that would make any European capital proud. The National Diet Building (Kokkai-gijido-mae, Marunouchi Line) may also be worth a photo, although its architecture is rather uninspiring compared to other national assemblies' -- even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has cooler-looking accommodations in Shinjuku.

  • National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen (closest to Takebashi station on the Tozai subway line), +81 03-5777-8600, [4]. Tu-Th, Sa-Su 10:30AM-5PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, closed M. With a modest permanent collection on display and regularly changing exhibitions, MOMAT is a nice place to kill a couple of hours after you've seen the Imperial Palace across the road. Entry to the nearby Crafts Gallery is included in the price. ¥420 for adults, ¥130 for students and children under 15 free. Admission is also free on May 18, November 3 and the first Sunday of every month. Special exhibits extra.  edit
  • Idemitsu Art Museum, on the 9th floor of the Imperial Theatre building (on the East side of the Imperial gardens), +81 03-3213-9402, [5]. Daily 10AM-5PM (until 7PM on Fridays). Has a noteworthy collection centering on Japanese traditional arts ¥1000 fee for adults.  edit
  • Yamatane Museum of Art, (a short walk from Hanzomon station on the Metro Hanzomon line), 03-3239-5911. Daily 10AM-5PM. Specializes in modern Japanese-style paintings and has a notable collection though only a handful are on display at one time due to preservation issues. 600 yen for adults.  edit
  • New Otani Art Gallery, on the 6th floor of the New Otani hotel, 4-1 Kioi-Cho (closest from Nagata-cho station on the Metro Hanzomon line, or Yotsuya station if using the JR), +81 03-3221-4111, [6]. 10AM-6PM. Showcases a small collection of French and Japanese arts. ¥500.  edit
  • Kokuritsu Gekijo (National Theatre), (walking distance from either Hanzomon or Nagatacho stations of the Metro Hanzomon lines et. al.), +81 03-3265-7411, [7]. For those interested in theatre arts, the Kokuritsu Gekijyo holds performances in traditional arts ranging from Kabuki, Noh drama, Bunraku puppet theatre, etc. You may want to check the schedule and make a reservation beforehand.  edit
  • Tokyo International Forum, located in front of Yurakucho station, +81 03-5221-9000. A massive, modern exhibition centre used for concerts, conventions and the like. On weekdays there are usually several food wagons selling boxed lunches, but aside from this there may not be much of interest to the casual tourist--except, of course, the impressive design. The atrium may be the most well-known symbol of the building, and one is able to stroll up the long, spiral walkway that runs along its glass-and-steel walls. The Tokyo Tourist Info Center, which used to be here, has been relocated to Shinjuku.  edit

Do

Visit one of the three major shrines (Kanda Myojin, Hie Jinja or Yasukuni Shrine) during the New Year holiday if you happen to be visiting, or immerse yourself in one of the major festivals which takes place during the year. There are no restrictions on entry regardless of religious belief or background.

As stated in the See section, cherry blossoms can be viewed in various places around the Imperial Palace gardens. Also, many people take advantage of the fact that no public roads enter the palace grounds (and thus, no red lights for pedestrians) for a little jogging around the garden's outer ring (which may take roughly an hour to walk around). However, since most of central Chiyoda Ward is office buildings, it is virtually lifeless after sundown as most of the population leaves for the suburbs.

Buy

Central Chiyoda doesn't offer much in the way of shopping, but the eastern side has three areas of interest:

  • Akihabara for electronics and anime-related goods of all kinds, covered in a separate article.
  • Jimbocho (神保町), Metro Hanzomon/Toei Shinjuku/Toei Mita Jimbocho station. A district specializing in new and used books — mostly in Japanese, but some in English and other languages. Scores of used book or antique book shops line the main streets of Hakusan Dori (白山道り), Yasukuni Dori (靖国道り), and Kanda Suzuran Dori (神田すずらん通り), as well the numerous back alleys. Some stores specialize in subjects such as religion, architecture, or screenplays, while others handle a general range of subjects. Some shops specialize in various erotic material, including used pornography.
  • Kanda (神田) and Ochanomizu (お茶の水) Stations. For musical instruments and sports equipment. These districts tend to have their largest stores along major streets.

Some other shopping areas include:

  • A recent revamping of the Marunouchi business district has resulted in some high-end boutiques such as Tiffany's, Gaultier, Sergio Rossi etc. lining the street from the Marunouchi building to Yurakucho, but there is a feeling that it's not quite "there" yet, compared to the repertoires of the Ginza or Omotesando shopping districts.
  • There is a huge, six-floor Bic Camera electronics store in front of JR Yurakucho Station, selling everything from household appliances to contact lenses. There is even a small movie theater on the 7th and 8th floors showing lesser-known Japanese and foreign films. Perhaps a good place for a one-stop shop if you are not able to spend time exploring the streets of Akihabara.
  • The Maruzen bookshop in the Oazo building in front of Tokyo Station may be your best bet to look for English books in Tokyo, including a "Books on Japan" section. If you don't find what you are looking for here, you probably won't have much luck looking elsewhere.
  • Among the expensive clubs and restaurants spilling over from the Ginza, an offbeat dining option is the yakitori stalls under the train tracks near JR Yurakucho station. A throwback to old Tokyo, this is where businessmen unwind with grilled yakitori chicken on skewers and a couple of cold nama biiru (draft beers) after a hard day. Expect to pay at least ¥2000 for a few beers and a half dozen skewers.
  • As the Jimbocho and Ochanomizu areas house dozens of major colleges and universities, the area is filled with cheap restaurants, fast food joints and cafes of all kinds. There is also a high density of curry restaurants.
  • The Marunouchi and Shin-Marunouchi Buildings in front of Tokyo station are your best bet for a decent meal in the Marunouchi area, especially on the weekend when most other buildings are closed. Various restaurants from Italian to Hawaiian to Sushi are situated inside, but the bill may be a bit pricy for a casual lunch.
  • Restaurant Peter, 24th Floor, Hotel Peninsula (Private lift from hotel lobby), +81 03-6270 2763, [8]. Amazing views of Imperial Palace. Excellent service. Lunch seems the best value. Dress Code: elegant casual. From ¥4900 lunch.  edit
  • Green Ochanomizu Hotel, Kanda-Awajicho 2-6 (5 minutes from JR Ochanomizu Station and almost in the direct center of the Yamanote Line), +81 03-3255-4161, [9]. Green Hotel Ochanomizu is an extremely accommodating hotel, perfect for the traveler who prefers a quiet sanctuary in the hustle and bustle. Ochanomizu station itself is but two stops from both Tokyo and Shinjuku, via the Rapid Chuo Line service, both of which are on Yamanote. Broadband access is free in most rooms. Singles at around ¥8400 and doubles at ¥9500..  edit
  • Imperial Hotel Tokyo (帝国ホテル Teikoku Hoteru), Uchisaiwaicho 1-1-1, +81 03-3504-1251, [10]. Never mind upstarts like the Park Hyatt, this is the grand old dame of Tokyo's hotels with over 115 years of history behind it and legendary service fit for an Emperor. Standard rooms are musty, but the refurbished Imperial Floor rooms are nice. The hotel overlooks Hibiya Park and is only a short walk from the Imperial Palace and the Ginza. Room rates are unsurprisingly steep at ¥43,000 and up, with few discounts on offer..  edit
  • The New Otani, Kioicho 4-1, +81 03-3265-1111‎, [11]. The flagship of the international New Otani chain, and one of the largest hotels in Tokyo, with a variety of shops and restaurants under its roof. Convenient for business travellers, as it is located within an easy walk of Akasaka, Nagatacho, and other international business districts; less convenient for tourists, although somewhat close to Roppongi, Shinjuku, and other play areas. Standard rooms start around ¥36,000..  edit
  • The Tokyo Tourist Information Center has moved from Yurakucho's International Forum to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku.

Stay safe

On occasion, menacing black vans with fluttering "Rising Sun" flags and Imperial chrysanthemum logos may screech militaristic propaganda around the Yasukuni Shrine and near the Nagatacho/Kasumigaseki areas. With xenophobic right-wing attitudes financed by the yakuza (Japan's mafia) and tacit police cooperation, foreigners may get baleful looks from the young sunglassed toughs running the show, but they are not a real danger unless actively provoked.

Smoking on the major streets and sidewalks are prohibited by law in Chiyoda Ward. Although not altogether strictly enforced, if you get unlucky be aware that the fines go up to 20,000 yen.

Get out

The glitzy stores of the Ginza and the business district of Akasaka (not a bad choice for lunch) are within easy walking distance from southern Chiyoda.

Routes through Tokyo/Chiyoda
YokohamaTokyo Shinagawa  W noframe E  END
Tokyo/ShinjukuTokyo/Shibuya  W noframe E  Tokyo/TaitoTokyo/Sumida
YokohamaTokyo Shimbashi  W noframe E  END
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Coordinates: 35°40′51″N 139°46′01″E / 35.68083°N 139.76694°E / 35.68083; 139.76694

File:Tokyo Station 
Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station(東京駅,とうきょうえき) is a Railway station of JR East, JR Central and Tokyo Metro in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

Neighbor

JR East
Chūō Line
Tokyo - Kanda
Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Rapid
Hamamatsuchō - Tokyo - Akihabara
Local
Yūrakuchō - Tokyo - Kanda
Yamanote Line
Yūrakuchō - Tokyo - Kanda
Tōkaidō Line
Tokyo - Shimbashi
Yokosuka Line / Sōbu Line Rapid
Shin-Nihombashi - Tokyo - Shimbashi
Keiyō Line
Tokyo - Hatchōbori
Tōhoku Shinkansen
Tokyo - Ueno
JR Central
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tokyo - Shinagawa
Tokyo Metro
File:BSiconMarunouchi Line
Ginza (M 16) - Tokyo Station (M 17) - Ōtemachi (M 18)

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