First of all, Tokyo Station is called Tokyo Station City for good reason. The complex houses shops, restaurants, a hotel and all the adjoining transit options. Because of this, Tokyo Station is a destination spot in its own right.
If you arrive by train to Tokyo Station you will immediately realize how lively this place is. All the platforms seem to always be busy, and people are walking hastily to make their next train. It’s like this all the time and even more so during the beginning and ending of the work day.
It all appears as a blur to the first time traveler. You think, “What is going on?”, as you stare on in mind emptying confusion. Then you realize, even if you knew exactly where you needed to go next, you’ll still need to enter the horde of people.
Don’t worry, step to the side, as to get out of everyone’s way, and remember you’re in Tokyo. Find a coin operated locker, put your stuff away, pick up a station map and grab a bite to eat. Afterwards, browse some of the shops Tokyo Station has to offer. Don’t browse too much however, or you might get lost…. just kidding. Kind of.
Within the gates of Tokyo Station, is Gransta. It’s a great place to browse within the station, however, most of the shopping is located outside the gates. Remember, if you see something you like you can always pick it up before you’re next train ride.
The Yaesu Underground Shopping Mall is really the place to go. It is huge. Also, even though you may not recognize the names of the shops here, there really is something for everyone here. I recommend swinging by Uniqlo, great place to pick up some clothes if you forgot something at home. There’s also tax-free shops for international travelers. You can get here by going through the gates at the Yaesu end of the B1 level of Tokyo Station.
Daimaru department store is another great choice for shopping near Tokyo Station. It’s located near Yaesu. Daimaru offers 14 floors for you to explore with restaurants on the top floor and food in the basement. Everything ranging from makeup, women’s clothing, men’s clothing, kid’s clothing, home goods, and accessories are located in-between the food and restaurants. This is normal for department stores in Japan.
Lastly, I only listed a couple of areas for shopping. There is so much here, I really can’t list them all. That’s were the real fun starts. You’ll be able to walk around and explore, find those special shops for you.
Restaurants is another category much like shopping, way to many choices. For convenience around Tokyo Station I’d recommend either Ramen Street or Kitchen Street.
Ramen Street is just like it sounds. A street of Ramen shops, only underground in the basement on the Yaesu end of the station. Some of the best ramen restaurants in Tokyo are here so take your time and pick one that looks good to you. The most popular ones of course will be crowded but it may be worth the wait. After all, locals always know the best places to eat.
Kitchen Street is located on the ground floor and offers more variety of restaurants than Ramen Street does. Here you can find sushi, pizza, curry, steak and tempura to name a few. You may think you know what you’re getting but you may be pleasantly surprised. Japan is full of amazing food. So, be sure to keep an open mind.
There are many hotels near Tokyo Station, but there are only two connected to the station.
First up, is The Tokyo Station Hotel. This hotel looks amazing. It is conveniently located on the ground floor of the station. This hotel fills up fast and you will need to make a reservation well in advance.
Next up, is Tokyo Metropolitan Hotel Marunouchi. This hotel is conveniently connected to Tokyo Station. If you are staying here it is a quick trip back to the station if you need to travel in the morning.
Tokyo Station is the main hub for travel in Japan. From here you can travel north to Hokkaido or west to Kyoto and everywhere in-between.
- Tokaido Shinkansen
- Tohoku Shinkansen
- Yamagata Shinkansen
- Akita Shinkansen
- Joetsu Shinkansen
- Hokuriku Shinkansen
- Narita Express
- JR Yamanote Line
- Keihin-Tohoku Line
- Chuo Main Line
- Sobu Main Line
- Yokosuka Line
- Keiyo Line
Anyway, now that you’ve explored a little, you can continue on your journey. Only after picking up your stuff from the station locker.