GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH CENTRAL TOKYO

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Course: Tokyo Station >> Imperial Palace >> Marunouchi

This short course explores Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace, and the countless new destinations popping up in Marunouchi. It starts at Tokyo Station, the gateway to Japan’s capital, originally completed in 1914 and designated an important cultural property. The Imperial Palace is open to visitors by advance reservation. Enjoy shopping at the Marunouchi Building, the Shin-Marunouchi Building, Marunouchi Oazo, Marunouchi Brick Square, and the latest facility that opened in spring 2013, KITTE. Lovers of art may also want to check out the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, and the Mitsuo Aida Museum.

10:00 Map: 1JR / TOKYO METRO TOKYO STATION MARUNOUCHI CENTRAL EXIT

The Marunouchi Station Building underwent renovation almost a century after the original emerged as a symbol of modernism in 1914. It features the JR East Travel Service Center equipped with a sightseeing information counter (English, Chinese, and Korean languages) as well as myriad shops offering specialties from across Japan and souvenirs from Tokyo.

Walk      15 minutes
 

10:45 Map: 2Map: 3IMPERIAL PALACE

The former Edo Castle became the Imperial Palace when Emperor Meiji left the family’s residence of more than a thousand years in Kyoto and relocated there in 1869. A voice guidance system is available for rent (English language only).

Walk      15 minutes
 

12:15 Map: 4MARUNOUCHI

Grab a Marunouchi Map published by Mitsubishi Estate (English, Chinese and Korean languages) and explore the infinite dining, shopping, and art destinations in the district. SKYBUS TOKYO tours Marunouchi and the surrounding area in about an hour.

Walk      15 minutes
 

15:30 JR / TOKYO METRO TOKYO STATION INTERIOR

Shop for souvenirs from Tokyo at the ekinana (in-the-station) Gransta and on Central Street that opened in 2012. (Tickets are required to enter Tokyo Station.)

Model course Getting acquainted with central Tokyo is displayed on a larger map

The red lines indicate trains and subways, blue lines are buses and cars, green lines are for walking, pink lines are for bicycles, purple lines are ships and water buses.

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