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Updated: October 11, 2019

Enjoy Tokyo on a rainy day, staying indoors at a plethora of fun spots in or close to transport hubs

Stay dry on a rainy day in and around central Tokyo. Whether at a foodie paradise in Tokyo Station, or world-class art museums in Ueno, you don't need to brave the elements to have a good time.

General Tips

  • Save lunch for Ramen Street, where you can get your fill of Japan's most famous noodles
  • Take advantage of indoor passages through the stations to stay dry
  • Some of Ueno's museums are a bit of a walk from the station, so take an umbrella if it is raining

Map Legend

  • Walking
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Water Bus


Historical and practical central transportation hub directly across from the Imperial Palace

Tokyo Station

This massive station is divided into the Marunouchi and Yaesu sides: follow the signage to the Yaesu exit where you can take in the station's historic architecture. The station is enormous, so pay close attention as not to get lost.

Walking1 min


Food and shopping galore in this veritable indoor city

Tokyo Station First Avenue: Okashi Land, Ramen Street, Character Street

Exit through the Yaesu gate and walk through Tokyo Station to get to First Avenue, where you'll find a Character Store filled with lovably familiar characters. Sate your appetite with a street filled to the brim with delectable ramen, and if you still have room, get some dessert from Okashi Land.

Train7 mins

Head back to Tokyo Station and take the Yamanote Line to Ueno Station


Busy transportation hub with Shinkansen access, famous for its adjacent park—the first public park in Japan

Ueno Station

Head towards the Koenguchi exit for the park. If the weather isn't too bad, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the grounds, or if it's particularly rainy head straight to one of the nearby museums for shelter and edification.

Walking5 mins


Ueno's historic and modern museums offer stunning exhibitions year-round

Ueno museums

Start by checking out The National Museum of Western Art, just a minute's walk from the station. You can see Western art from the medieval period through to the 20th century. Afterward, head to the Ueno Royal Museum, which offers contemporary and historical exhibitions, and regularly scheduled special exhibitions from invited artists. If you have time, and weather permits a longer stroll, visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Filled with beautiful sculptures and traditional works from Japanese artists, you can spend hours enjoying this world-class museum.

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