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How to Rock the Oldest Station: Tokyo Station


Believe it or not – Tokyo Station is over a hundred years old. Tokyo Station’s distinctive three story, red-brick facade on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station was built all the way back in 1914. This is THE place to go where you will be able to shop, eat and play to your heart’s content.

Interior of now re-furnished Tokyo Station

Shopping Please!

First of all, find your way to the Yaesu side of the Tokyo Station, which is located at the Yaesu Exit. Here in Tokyo Station, there are tons of shops at the Yaesu side, from conbini (convenience stores), clothes stores, shoes, medicines to all sorts of random stationeries, this is definitely the indoor place for you to shop-till-you-drop. There is a Daimaru here at Tokyo Station too (a giant chain department store). The basement is my personal favorite part of ALL Japanese departmental stores so make sure to check it out.

Basement at Daimaru, Tokyo Station

What’s next? YES – MORE SHOPPING.

Other than the basement and usual shopping stuff, definitely check out the famous Character Street if you like anime (One Piece!!!) or Japanese cartoon characters like Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma (another personal favorite). There’s a huge load of varieties of goodies from each store like T-shirts, hair pins, accessories, etc. so bring out the wallet and let’s start spending!

Huge Rilakkuma and Friends in Character Street of Tokyo Station

Super Irresistible Food!

Shopping isn’t exactly on the top of my list, so I get tired out pretty quickly. What’s next? YES, FOOD PLEASE. Let’s head to Kitchen Street. This place is a collage of restaurants to keep your stomachs happy.

Japanese style fluffy pancakes at Tokyo Station
Unagi don (Eel rice) at Tokyo Station

Ramen Street?!

Yes, Tokyo Station owns their very own Ramen Street. A total of eight ramen restaurants located here are the some of the best in Japan. Check out our recommendation on The First Ever Ramen to Hit the Michelin Charts. These ramen places generally open from 11AM to 10:30PM but we would suggest that you avoid lunch or dinner hours when lines are crazy and obviously you won’t want to waste all your time waiting. Other than the good old pork based ramen, Japanese people also enjoy their tsukemen (dipping ramen) and new flavors of soup base. This has been getting increasingly popular these days, and if you haven’t been able to try it yet – you should. Here is a full post on checking each ramen restaurant. *link*

Japanese Chashu Ramen!

And then, there’s Ekiben.

If you’re at Tokyo Station waiting for your shinkansen (bullet train) to the next destination, forget the restaurants and head for the ekiben (station bento)!!!! Click here *link* for where the Ekiben are located in Tokyo Station. I cant’ stress this enough, Ekiben are on our MOST RECOMMENDED list. Why? They are super petite and amazingly carefully made, specially for your skinkansen trip. Each tiny “cubicle” in the box is different from the one next to it and with each bite, you’ll be surprised on how the flavors seem to just match in perfect harmony with each other. Yet, rest assured, you’ll be pretty full by the time you’re done with it. Read more on one of our experiences with Ekiben that blew our minds *link*.

A very small fraction of the Ekiben on sale at Tokyo Station

Wait, there’s more?

Next on the list in Tokyo Station is Okashi Land (sweets land), where the Calbee shop is. Although Hong Kong has a Calbee shop, it just tastes more authentic when you’re in Japan, lol. This place has all the Japanese sweets and snacks that we love, so don’t forget your friends and start sweeping some souvenirs off the shelves.

Rilakkuma Sweets at the Rilakkuma Store in Tokyo Station

Take your picture with the 100 year old Station

Once the lights are switched on outside, Tokyo Station looks stunning. It may not look very Japanesey but it definitely is worth checking in with your picture taken here.

Tokyo Station at night

Staying Smart with These Tips:

  • Coin Lockers / Baggage keeping
    On a side note, just in case you have luggage with you – find a coin locker. We would STRONGLY suggest you keep your luggage in the coin locker as it is considered rude to be lugging your huge portables in the Tokyo Station where its filled with people (you’ll be given dirty looks). Coin lockers are very common and convenient and this is one of the reasons why I always enjoy my visits to Japan. Check out our complete guide on how to locate and use coin lockers *link*. The lockers are scattered around Tokyo Station (remember this place is HUGE) so don’t worry about not being able to get one.
Small Sized Coin Lockers at Tokyo Station
  • Luggage Delivery
    Another service which is becoming increasingly popular is having your luggage (or the 20 bags of goodies that you have just bought and your boyfriend is giving you that NOT-A-CHANCE look), you could have it delivered right back to your hotel, or even to another part of Japan where you will be heading next. Read up on our complete guide on how to use the Delivery Service *link*.

How to Get Here

From Shinjuku Station

Get on the JR.
Line: Chuo line
Stop: Get off at Tokyo Station (duh)
Time: Around 13 minutes
Fees: JP¥200

From Narita Airport

There are several choices:

Via: JR Narita Express
Time: Around 1 hour
Fees: JP¥3,000


Via: JR Sobu Line
Time: Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Fees: JP¥1,320
Via Keisei Skyliner (non direct)
1.Keisei Skyliner
Stop: Nippori Station
Time: 40 minutes
Fees: JP¥2,470 yen

Reservations: CLICK HERE to reserve tickets online

2.Transfer: JR Yamanote Line
Stop: Tokyo Station
Time: 10 minutes
Fees: JP¥160

Via Keisei Limited Express
1.Keisei Limited
Stop: Nippori Station
Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Fees: JP¥1,030 yen

2.Transfer: JR Yamanote Line
Stop: Tokyo Station
Time: 10 minutes
Fees: JP¥160
Via Limousine Bus
Tip: This stops at several major hotels as well.
Time: Around 1 hour and 40 minutes
Fees: JP¥3,100

Reservations: CLICK HERE to reserve tickets hassle-free

Via Tokyo Shuttle bus
Time: Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Fees: JP¥900-1,000

Via The Access Narita bus
Time: Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Fees: JP¥1,000

Basic Information

1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 , Tokyo Prefecture

Official Website:



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