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Updated: October 29, 2020

The area around Tokyo Station offers everything from historical buildings to trendy fashion complexes.

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Photo provided by The Bank of Japan


Bank of Japan Main Building

Completed in 1896, this stone-and-brick building, which extends three floors above and one floor below ground level, was designed by Japanese architect Kingo Tatsuno. It was modeled after the National Bank of Belgium and was the first example of authentic Western-style masonry in Japan. Guided tours are available with reservations at least one week in advance.
You may also have the option to take a same day tour around the exterior of the building without a reservation.

徒歩15 mins


Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station, created by Kingo Tatsuno in 1914, was renovated and reborn in 2012 to feature a fusion of history and innovation. The original reliefs adorning the domes over the Marunouchi North and South Exit ticket gates are a must-see. So is the Tokyo Station Hotel, which is part of an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

徒歩1 mins


Marunouchi Building/Shin-Marunouchi Building

The Marunouchi Building is a stately skyscraper overlooking Tokyo Station. It opened in 2002 as the successor of the original Marunouchi Building. The building it replaced was a massive, pioneering mixed-use complex built in the 1920s by the Mitsubishi Group. It famously survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and the firebombings of Tokyo during World War II. The Shin-Marunouchi Building, meanwhile, was designed by English architect Michael Hopkins and opened in 2007. The two buildings offer extensive retail and dining options, in addition to housing the offices of many major companies and financial institutions.

徒歩2 mins



The former Tokyo Central Post Office, designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1931, was reborn in 2012 as JP Tower. The exterior walls feature the white tiles that defined the original building. The Postmaster's Office, reconstructed on the fourth floor, retains the ambience of the original post office.

徒歩2 mins


Marunouchi Brick Square

Marunouchi Brick Square offers green space, art, and relaxation. It is an oasis of calm in the bustling Tokyo Station area. The "square" is a pedestrians-only plaza surrounded by a dining and retail center with charming European-style architecture. On two sides of the square is the Marunouchi Park Tower. The other two sides feature red brick that evokes the Ichigokan, the first Western-style building in Marunouchi (1894). This was rebuilt in 2010 as a museum on the Brick Square grounds (Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum).

徒歩1 mins


Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

This museum is a reincarnation of a red brick office building that was designed by Josiah Conder and completed in 1894. Every architectural detail is reproduced as faithfully as possible. In addition to housing a cafe and museum shop, the Archive Room displays a 1:40-scale model of the original Mitsubishi Ichigokan.

徒歩5 mins


Meiji Seimei Kan Building

This steel-framed reinforced concrete structure designed by Shinichiro Okada was completed in 1934 eight floors above and two floors below ground level, it features powerful ancient Greek architecture, delicate decorations with plant motifs, and granite exterior walls. The building has survived a history of turmoil, including seizure to accommodate important meetings of the Allied Powers following World War II.

徒歩10 mins


Tokyo International Forum

Designed by US-based architect Rafael Viñoly, the ship-shaped glass structure of this cultural complex measures 207 meters long, 60 meters high, and 32 meters wide. One must-see is a collection of artworks displayed in the street-level plaza and the terrace.

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