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Located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, Marunouchi (丸の内) is one of Japan's most prestigious business districts. During the Edo Period, Marunouchi (literally "within the enclosure") was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan's most powerful feudal lords. Together with neighboring Otemachi, Marunouchi is now home to the headquarters of many of Japan's most powerful companies, particularly from the financial sector.

Over the last decade, Marunouchi has been receiving a major facelift, led by the Mitsubishi Estate company, which owns a lot of the land in the district. Many older office buildings were replaced by new skyscrapers with offices on their upper floors and a variety of shops and restaurants on their lower floors. These newly opened shopping and dining complexes have revitalized the formerly unexciting business district and are drawing an increasing number of non-business visitors.

Marunouchi is bordered on the east by Tokyo Station, one of Japan's busiest railway stations and the terminal of multiple shinkansen lines. The station building on the Marunouchi side is a prominent red brick building, which dates from 1914 and was recently renovated and reopened in its pre-war appearance. Besides travel service, it offers a hotel, restaurants and an art gallery.

The appearance of the opposite side of the station, the Yaesu Side, is more modern and features the Gran Roof, a bright, massive roof above the station entrances that is flanked by skyscrapers. Shopping and travel facilities within the station have also received a facelift in recent years. The product of all these works is the "Tokyo Station City" complex.

Shopping and Dining

Marunouchi Building (Marubiru)

Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Closed: No closing days
Opened in 2002 just in front of Tokyo Station, the Marunouchi Building (Marubiru) is one of the districts landmark buildings. Shopping and restaurants can be found on the lower six floors, while the top two floors (35 and 36) offer nice restaurants with a view over the city.

Shin Marunouchi Building (Shin Marubiru)

Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Closed: No closing days
The Shin Marunouchi Building (Shin Marubiru), was opened in 2007 opposite the Marubiru as another landmark building outside of Tokyo Station. It features over 150 shops on its lower five floors and about 40 restaurants on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors. The 7th floor is surrounded by a publicly accessible balcony.

Kitte

Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 Sundays and national holidays)
Opened in spring 2013, Kitte (Japanese for postal stamp) is a shopping and dining complex on the lower floors of the JP Tower next to Tokyo Station. The first four floors feature over 70 stores selling mostly fashion and interior goods, while the top two floors contain restaurants and a rooftop garden with views out over Tokyo Station. The Tokyo Central Post Office is located on the ground floor with its facade preserved from the previous building.

Marunouchi Oazo

Shops: 9:00 to 21:00
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Closed: No closing days
Opened in 2004, Oazo is a shopping, dining and hotel complex facing the Marunouchi North Exit of Tokyo Station. Four of Oazo's 18 floors are occupied by the Maruzen bookstore with a large foreign language section, while the top ten floors constitute the Marunouchi Hotel.

Nakadori Avenue

Shops: typically 11:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00
Spanning the length of the Marunouchi district, Nakadori Avenue is a tree lined shopping street running between the large shopping and office buildings. The street is lined by cafes, fashion boutiques and other shops, and gets closed to motorized traffic from 11:00 to 15:00 on weekdays and from 11:00 to 17:00 on weekends and national holidays.

Marunouchi Brick Square

Shops: 11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 Sundays and national holidays)
One of the newer shopping and dining centers in Marunouchi, Brick Square is located along Nakadori near Marubiru. The building's lower two floors feature specialty shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants, while the 2nd and 3rd floors feature trendy restaurants and bars. The 4th floor houses a fitness gym. The Ichigokan Museum is also part of the Brick Square grounds.

Tokyo Building Tokia

Shops: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (until 22:00 Sundays and national holidays)
Tokia is a shopping and dining center in the lower floors of the Tokyo Building, which aims to be an evening spot where people can gather after work to enjoy good food and music in a fun atmosphere. As such it is filled with a variety of trendy restaurants and bars that cater to the after work crowd.

Museums

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 21:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition
Originally built in 1894 for the Mitsubishi Company as the first Western style office building in the Marunouchi district, the Ichigokan was reconstructed and reopened in 2010 as a museum focusing on 19th century Western art.

Other Attractions

Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family, stands on the former site of Edo Castle. The outer area of the palace grounds with its moats and walls can be reached in a five minute walk from Tokyo Station and be seen freely. Some of the inner grounds of the palace can be seen by joining a pre-arranged guided tour.

Imperial East Gardens

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (plus/minus one hour depending on the season)
Closed: Mondays and Fridays (except national holidays), Dec 28 to Jan 3
Admission: Free
The Imperial East Gardens occupy the former site of Edo Castle's main complex. They are the only part of the inner palace area that is open to the public. Among others, they feature Japanese and Western style gardens and the foundation of the castle's former keep.

Tokyo International Forum

Hours and admission fees vary by event
The Tokyo International Forum is one of the city's many architectural highlights. It is a venue for various conventions, exhibitions, concerts and other events. An event calendar can be found on the official website (see links towards the bottom of the page).

Getting there and around

Marunouchi is located on the west side of Tokyo Station, which is served by several shinkansen lines, the JR Yamanote Line and various other urban and suburban train and subway lines. Nearby is Otemachi Station, which is served by five subway lines.

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