Tokyo Station Travel Guide

Tokyo Station is one of Tokyo's major transport hubs. To help you navigate, we've got a full guide to the station's train lines and exits, as well as info on shopping and sightseeing nearby.

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Tokyo station is one of the most used train stations in Japan, as well as one of the capital’s most important historical landmarks. Opened in 1914, the original station building was almost destroyed during the firebombing campaigns of the Second World War, but was quickly restored and reoperated within a year of the war’s end.

Tokyo Station today is a huge complex, a hub of transport, predominantly, but also including a mass of shopping and lifestyle facilities within and close by. To help you navigate this potentially dizzying station, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know. 

Tokyo Station Exit Map

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Tokyo Station Train Lines

Tokyo Station is comprised of 28 platforms, servicing 19 railway lines, including Japan Rail (JR) trains, the Narita Express, the Shinkansen (bullet trains) and Metro trains. Find a run-through below: 

Shinkansen Lines

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Platforms 14 – 19

Tokaido Shinkansen: To Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. 

San-yo Shinkansen: To Osaka and Fukuoka. 

Platform 20 – 23

Tohoku Shinkansen: To the north toward Aomori.

Yamagata Shinkansen: North-east to Fukushima and Yamagata.

Akita Shinkansen: North to Iwate and Akita.

Hokkaido Shinkansen: To Hokkaido via the Seikan Tunnel to Hakodate.

Joetsu Shinkansen: North-west to Niigata.

Hokuriku Shinkansen: Northwest to Nagano and Kanazawa.

 

JR East Lines 

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(Ground-Floor) Platform 1 – 10

Chuo Line for Takao: South towards Nagoya.

Keihin-Tohoku Line for Omiya: To Saitama, Kawasaki and Yokohama. 

Keihin-Tohoku Line for Ofuna: To Kanagawa. 

Yamanote Line: Loop line connecting to major stations including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Shinagawa, Nippori and Ikebukuro.

Ueno-Tokyo Line: To Ueno. 

Tokaido Line: To Kobe. 

(Underground) Platform 1-4 

Keiyo Line for Boso, Maihama and Soga: To Chiba.

Musashino Line for Maihama and Nishi-Funabashi: For Yokohama, Chiba, Maihama (Disneyland) and Nishi-Funabashi.  

Sobu Line Yokosuka Line for Boso and Choshi: For Chiba and Choshi. 

Narita Express for Narita Airport (N’EX): To Narita Airport

Official Website: East Japan Railway Company

 

Metro Lines

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Marunouchi Line: Tokyo Station’s sole Metro line that connects to major station’s including Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. 

Official Website: Tokyo Metro

 

Buses

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Tokyo Station also acts as a major bus terminal, mostly centred around the Yaesu exit (on the east side of the station). Bus routes criss-cross the city, often for far less money that the train. However, inevitably, journey’s typically take much longer. Find more info below and note that English guidance is available onboard and at bus stops, allowing easy, confusion free transport. 

Official Website: JR Bus Kanto, Toei Bus, Willer Express

Tokyo Station City

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Away from transportation, Tokyo Station is also home to Tokyo Station City (TSC) – the station’s dedicated shopping and lifestyle complex. See below our top tips for Tokyo Station City:

 

Marunouchi Station Building Area

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Situated on the west side of Tokyo Station, highlights here include the Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. JR East Travel Service Center is also located next to Tokyo Station Gallery. The center provides services including commuter pass exchange, JR Pass activation and inquiries, currency exchange and baggage services. 

 

Ekinaka Area (Inside the Station)

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In the center of the station, find here hundreds of premium local shops and restaurants divided into four different zones. 

 

Nihombashi Gate Area

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On the north side of the station, this area is home to popular dining spots as well as hotels and office buildings.  

 

Yaesu Area

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Located on the east side of the station, facing the Yaesu gates, spot Gran Tokyo North and South – two giant buildings home to an array of shopping, dining and business facilities, including the Daimaru department store. 

Official Website: The Tokyo Station City

Marunouchi Area Guide 

Marunouchi, the name of the area surrounding Tokyo Station, is one of Tokyo’s premier business districts. It is also the site of some of the city’s best high-end shopping and places of historical interest, including the Imperial Palace.  

 

Nakadori Avenue

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Marunouchi’s beautifully tree-lined main street, home to brand name shops, chic cafes and restaurants. There are also seasonal events held on the street including the famous winter illuminations.

 

Imperial Palace

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The residence of Japan’s royal family and one of Tokyo’s best attractions. To enter the palace grounds pre-made reservations are required, but failing this, a walk around the palace moat or the Imperial Palace East Gardens is a pleasure all year round. 

Official Website: Imperial Household Agency

 

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

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An art museum founded in the late 19th century, the museum is particularly interesting for its focus on Japan’s modernization and its relationship with the west.

Official Website: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

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