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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated right in the heart of Marunouchi business district, Palace Hotel Tokyo is 5-star luxury accommodation boasting 7 restaurants, a spa and a free-access fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. It is directly connected to Otemachi Subway Station and an 8-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. Free WiFi is provided in the entire area. Offering elegant and chic ambience, each spacious room comes with a large LCD TV, a blu-ray/DVD player and a safety box. A fridge and an electric kettle are also provided. The en suite bathroom includes a small TV, a bath tub and toiletries. While staying at Tokyo Palace Hotel, guests can enjoy a workout at the fitness gym, or receive rejuvenating treatments at the on-site Evian Spa Tokyo. The concierge desk can arrange various services for guests including mobile phone rentals. Tablet rentals, copy and fax services are available for an extra charge upon request at the front desk or club lounge. Guests can enjoy authentic Japanese culinary experiences in Wadakura restaurant, Tatsumi tempura restaurant and Kanesaka sushi restaurant. Crown offers exquisite French cuisine and the city views, while Grand Kitchen serves international dishes throughout the day. Located right next to the Imperial Palace, the hotel is a 10-minute walk from Ginza shopping area, and a 5-minute train ride from Akihabara electric town. Popular Tsukiji Fish Market can be reached within a 10-minute taxi ride. Airport limousine buses are available to/from Narita and Haneda airports at an extra charge.
Re-opened in 2012 after thorough renovations, the Tokyo Station Hotel is registered as an Important Cultural Property and boasts gorgeous rooms in a classical European style. It features a French restaurant and stylish bars, and free WiFi is offered throughout. Its entrance is right next to the Marunouchi South Exit of Tokyo Station. Rooms at The Tokyo Station Hotel offer a delicious mix of plush decor and comfortable modern amenities, including an LCD TV, a minibar and an electric kettle. All rooms feature a complimentary handy Smartphone. The en suite bathroom features a bath and shower. Free toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer are provided. Just a 10-minute walk to the Ginza area and the Tokyo International Forum, the hotel is a 20-minute walk from the Imperial Palace. The Akihabara and Tsukiji areas are about a 10-minute drive away. Haneda International Airport is 30-minutes away via monorail, while Narita International Airport is a 60-minute ride away on the express train. You can enjoy a workout at the fitness centre or relax at the on-site spa. Additional services include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, a business centre, currency exchange and laundry services. Room service is also available. Guests can enjoy sushi, Japanese and Chinese cuisine at the restaurants on site. The property boasts a sumptuous Japanese and European style buffet breakfast with approximately 100 items. Organic juice, freshly baked bread, muesli and yogurt are served, complimented with a selection of fresh fruits. Egg dishes and a variety of meat are offered as well as a Japanese-style breakfast, consisting of rice, miso soup, grilled fish, rolled omelets and other side dishes.
Situated in the center of Tokyo, Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo is 800 metres from Tokyo Station. Elegantly furnished rooms located on the upper floors boast city views. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and an on-site fitness centre is available for guests for free. All rooms are non-smoking, equipped with a flat-screen TV, sofa and safety deposit box. The private kitchen includes a microwave, electric kettle and refrigerator. Wine glasses and coffee machine are also provided. The en suite bathroom has a bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. For guests' comfort, the hotel provides slippers and nightwear. TV programmes for children are available. The 24-hour reception offers luggage storage and concierge services. Dry cleaning services and a drinks vending machine are available as well. The hotel features the business centre and fax/photocopying services. Guests can relax at the on-site garden or shared lounge after a busy day. The on-site restaurant serves buffet-style breakfast. Restaurants, cafes and 24-hour convenience stores are within a 10-minute walk from the property. Japan Imperial Palace is a 15-minute walk away from the property, while Tsukiji Fish Market is a 25-minute train ride away. Haneda Airport is approximately a 50-minute drive from the property.
Oakwood Premier Tokyo is a luxury serviced apartment with hotel-like services, located at just a 2-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station’s Yaesu North Exit. Located on the 6-19th floors of a 19-storey building, this property is designed to offer a getaway in the centre of Tokyo. There is a 24-hour front desk on site. All apartments are fully furnished and include a fully-equipped kitchen that has a refrigerator, microwave, oven, coffee machine and electric kettle. Kitchenware is also included. There is a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels in addition to a DVD player in the apartments. A washing machine and dryer are also provided for guests' convenience. Private bathrooms include a bathrobe, hairdryer and free toiletries. There is a fitness centre, residence lounge and meeting space at the property. The on-site concierge service offers restaurant and taxi reservation services in addition to photo copy and fax business services. Dry cleaning, ironing and laundry services are provided for an additional fee. There is a parking garage at this property. There are many restaurants, cafes and dining options within a 5-minute walking distance from Oakwood Premier Tokyo. There are convenience stores within a 3-minute walk from the property. Tokyo International Forum is a 12-minute walk while the popular Ginza shopping district is a 18-minute walk away from Tokyo Oakwood Premier. Both the Imperial Palace Gardens and Tsukiji Market are 21-minutes by train from Oakwood Premier Tokyo. Guests can access Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport by taking the Airport Limousine from the ground floor for 30-minutes and 60-minutes, respectively.
Facing the Imperial Palace, the luxurious Shangri-La Tokyo is conveniently situated right next to JR Tokyo Station. Aside from a 20-metre heated indoor pool and a spa, the hotel also provides restaurants and a lobby lounge. Shangri-La Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from Otemachi Subway Station (Tozai Line, Exit B7) and a 3-minute walk from Nihonbashi Subway Station (Ginza Line, Exit A3). Via the Narita Express Train, it is an hour's journey from Narita Airport, while Haneda Airport is 30 minutes by car. The hotel staff can pick up guests from the Tokyo Station's platforms with an advance request. Occupying the top 11 floors of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building, the elegant and spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city or bay views overlooking the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Sky Tree and Mount Fuji on clear days. All come with a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels, DVD player, BOSE sound systems and an en suite bathroom. A minibar and coffee machine are offered. Using various Asian techniques, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La provides a range of treatments and relaxing massages. The Health Club has modern gym equipment featuring a heated swimming pool available 24-hours. Horizon club and suite guests have exclusive access to the Horizon Club lounge located the top floor with concierge service. Onsite restaurants include Nadaman serving fine Japanese cuisine and sushi. The elegant Piacere serves gourmet Italian meals, as well as hearty breakfast made with local ingredients. Guests can choose from American, Japanese, Oriental or Healthy Meal breakfast options, and they all come with a continental breakfast. The lobby lounge features afternoon tea and seasonal cocktails.
Offering modern rooms with free WiFi and wired internet access, Ryumeikan Tokyo features a restaurant with panoramic city views. The hotel is just a 3-minute walk from Tokyo Station. The sound-proof rooms feature 2 pillow types and extra-long beds. They have a flat-screen TV, an air purification/humidifier, and a computer can be rented for in-room use. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer are provided. Ryumeikan Hotel Tokyo provides mobile phone rentals, quick laundry service, and travel information. It houses a launderette and drink vending machines. The 24-hour front desk provides DVD/CD player rentals, photocopying services and daily English newspapers. In-room massages can be requested for an extra cost. At the top-floor restaurant Hanagoyomi, Japanese food is served with sweeping views of Tokyo. The hotel is a 3-minute walk from Nihombashi Subway Station, and a 10-minute train ride from shopping districts Akihabara and Ginza. Shibuya, Roppongi, and Shinjuku are 30-minutes away by train.
Marunouchi Hotel is a minute's walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Exit and a 10-minute taxi ride from Tsukiji Fish Market. It features 4 dining options, a massage service and rooms with free WiFi. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each is equipped with a fridge and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Concierge services are provided. Pomme d’aDam Restaurant serves French cuisine and an American breakfast, while Teppanyaki dishes can be enjoyed at the Daian Club. Guests can have a drink at Le Connaisseur Bar. A Japanese breakfast set is served at Oshima. Marunouchi Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Tower. It is a 20-minute walk from the Imperial Palace and a 30-minute drive from Haneda International Airport.
Karaksa hotel TOKYO STATION features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Every room includes a private bathroom with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at karaksa hotel TOKYO STATION can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Daimaru Tokyo, Coredo Muromachi 3 and Kyobashi Edogrand. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 14 km from karaksa hotel TOKYO STATION.
Directly accessible from JR Tokyo Station, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi offers a quiet luxurious accommodation in the heart of the bustling city. This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2014, and provides spacious rooms, complimentary use of hot-spring baths and sauna in a spa, and a 24-hour fitness studio. Free WiFi and pick-up service from the station is available. The Four Seasons is a 5-minute walk from the Imperial Palace, and a 10-minute walk from downtown area Ginza. It is a 20-minute train ride away from Shibuya, Harajuku or historical Asakusa. Popular Tsukiji Fish Market and Akihabara are both within a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Stylish designer rooms at Marunouchi Four Seasons are decorated with chic furnishings to create a relaxing ambience. They are fitted with modern facilities like a 3D blu-ray built-in flat-screen TV, an accompanying surround-sound system and Bluetooth. The en suite bathroom includes a shower booth and a large bath tub. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating massages at the spa, and children can play free video games in the room. The hotel offers 24-hour concierge service and free-use bicycles. Pets can be accommodated with advance reservation. Join Chef Daniel Calvert for a dynamic French cuisine, crafted with a light touch and plated with precision. With seasonally updated menus and an eclectic Champagne selection, there is always something new. Meet, connect and celebrate at this sociable spot, where Four Seasons guests mingle with Tokyo residents. Savour fresh interpretations of bistro classics by Chef Daniel Calvert, presented against a canvas of gliding Shinkansen bullet trains and glittering cityscapes.
Opening in August 2013, Super Hotel Lohas Tokyo Station Yaesu-Chuoguchi is ideally located just a 3-minute walk from JR Tokyo Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. It features free Wi-Fi and large public baths with where guests can relax and unwind in hot spring water. Each modern room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with multilingual satellite channels, a small fridge and an electric kettle. A hairdyer is included, while toiletries are in the en suite bathroom. Super Hotel Lohas Tokyo Station Yaesu-Chuoguchi offers luggage storage and concierge services at the front desk. In-room massages can be arranged. The hotel has 2 types of public bath, offering one of each for men, and one for women. They are accessible from 15:00 until 10:00 of the following day. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from busy Ginza shopping area. Tsukiji Fish Market is a 10-minute taxi ride away, while Tokyo Disney Resort can be reached within a 15-minute train ride. Restaurant Lohas J Style offers breakfast on site, while there are also plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from around the hotel.