#1 Marunouchi, Ginza, Tsukiji, Nihonbashi area

Among the Tokyo 8 major area, No. 1 was “Marunouchi, Ginza, Tsukiji, Nihonbashi area”
This area has two face; the center of Tokyo and old town of Tokyo.

In this area, there are several unique zone,

  • Tokyo Station area, Marunouchi, Tokyo Station city
  • Kokyo (Emperor’s residense), Hibiya Park
  • Ginza
  • Tsukiji/ Tsukiji-Jogai-Shijo (Fresh fish market for ordinary people), Tsukudajima
  • Nihonbashi
  • Ningyocho, Amazake-Yokocho

In “Tokyo Station area, Marunouchi, Tokyo Station city” is very central Tokyo.
Tokyo station is huge and many lines of Japan Railway (JR)’s lines’ terminal station are located.
Tokyo Station has two major gates.  “Marunouchi side” and “Yaesu Side”.

Both side is the center of Tokyo, but Marunouchi side is more luxury. Many merchandise companies head office, mega bank head office are on this Marunouchi Side. “Maru-Biru” (Marunouchi Building) is a complex building (they have shopping center and office building area).
Yaesu side is not “snob” like Marunouchi side, more reasonable restaurants are located on this side. Many offices are located at Yaesu area too.

Tokyo Station City is newly renovated for tourists and between Marunouchi side and Yaesu side. You can find many Tokyo gourmet and shops of sweets etc in this area.

“Kokyo (Emperor’s residense) is located west side of Marunouchi area.
You can enter into Kokyo area’s public zone, such as Kokyo Gaien, Kyoto Higashi Gyoen.
“Hibiya park” is located south of Kokyo. In 1903, it was made as a first westernized garden.

“Ginza” is traditional and snob area. Mainly shopping zone and gourmet spots in this area.
“Ginza 4-chome cross” (銀座四丁目交差点) ‘s “WAKO” building is famous as “the most expensive land per square meter”,
In Wako building, you can see beautiful and big clock.
Mitsukoshi department store is “snob” and luxury department store and located on this “4 chome cross”.
Matsuya department store is not too snob like Mitsukoshi, but still luxuary and have more uniqueness.

In addition to the above department stores, many shops are found in this area.
If you love unique stationary, please don’t miss “Itoya”.
So many varieties of stationary you can find and its uniqueness is beyond of your expectation!

“Tsukiji” is not so far from Ginza, “Jogai Shijo” (Jogai is “outside”, Shijo is Market”). Tsukiji itself is the professional fish market. Jonai (Inside of the market), it is difficult to go inside without professional guide and this “Jonai” will be moved to “Toyosu” in near future, but only for Jogai Shijo, you can find fresh fish and many sushi restaurant etc. You may feel energy of Tokyo gourmet from this area. “Tsukudajima/ Tsukishima” is southern part of Tsukiji area and you can reach there by bridge of Sumidagawa (Sumida River) by Tsukuda Ohashi (Tsukuda big bridge). This is traditional area and you can see old town of Tokyo. Tsukishima, west of Tsukuda jima, “Monja Yaki” (Japanese unique food and look like Okonomiyaki) street is found.

“Nihonbashi” is not far from Ginza or Tokyo station/ Marunouchi.
There are many traditional shops, traditional department (Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya, high-end price and mainly for senior people). But nowadays, newly developed shopping complex like “Coredo”, so it is mixed traditional and modern.
Many big companies offices are also located.

“Ningyocho” “Amazake Yokocho” is not far from Nihonbashi.
Ningyocho has mood of nostalgia. Especially Amazake-Yokocho, you can find traditional shops.

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