|Tokyo Station - Marunouchi side.|
Until Tokyo Station was built, Tokyo had only two railway termini: Ueno Station up north, and Shimbashi Station a little south. Tokyo Station marked the joining of these lines and the beginning of a citywide railway network.
|South side of Tokyo Station, with, from left to right, Marunouchi Building and Shin-Marunouchi Building.|
Bombing in World War II destroyed two of the Station's domes, and it remained shorn of them for almost the next seven decades. In 2012, renovations were completed at a cost of over USD600 million, restoring Tokyo Station to its former glory, domes and all. To ensure its safety in the event of a major earthquake, it was seismically isolated - a project that consumed a large portion of the renovation budget.
Tokyo Station has an art gallery, a hotel, and Wi-Fi throughout.
Over 3,000 trains pass through Tokyo Station every day, making it Japan's busiest station in terms of rail traffic, if not in numbers of passengers (for which it is sixth).
JR East just released a commemorative centennial Suica card for the event, but it sold out so quickly that plans have been announced for a second run.
|North end of Tokyo Station with Kitte Building in background.|
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