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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Station is located in the Marunouchi business district not far from the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza shopping and entertainment area. The distinctive three storey, red-brick facade, designed by Kingo Tatsuno, on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station dates back to 1914, when the building was first opened after 6 years in construction.

Tokyo Station Marunouchi side

There are 10 platforms with 20 lines and the main concourse runs east-west, between the Yaesu and Marunouchi entrances to the station.

Tokyo Station is a main terminal for the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Tohoku Shinkansen, Nagano Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen Lines as well as the JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Chuo Main Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keiyo Line, Marunouchi Subway Line, Sobu Main Line, Tokaido Main Line and Yokosuka Line. The Narita Express also runs through Tokyo Station.

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is also connected by underground walkways to Otemachi Subway Station which is served by the Chiyoda, Hanzomon, Mita and Tozai Lines. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes in the station's underground area with direct access to the new Shin Marunouchi Building.

The Manunouchi station building contains the Tokyo Station Art Gallery (Tel: 03 3212 2485; Weekdays 10am-7pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am-6pm) and the Tokyo Station Hotel, which is due to reopen in 2011.

Tokyo Station

The soon-to-be redeveloped Tokyo Central Post Office is also near the Marunouchi exit.

Japanese Art - byobu screens

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