Marunouchi Guide: Imperial Palace, Tsukiji fish market, Ginza and Kabuki Theater, Shopping, Nightlife, and Hotels. This quarter is bubbling with bars, restaurants, up-scale shops, culture, and Entertainment.

If you still haven’t booked a Tokyo Hotel you’d be surprised to know that it’s the BEST location for Sightseeing Tokyo. It’s a business center by day and a trendy Tokyo nightlife area in the evenings.

It’s right next to Tokyo station, the central train station for Tokyo and all of Japan, and walking distance to major Tokyo Attractions.

marounouchi - Tokyo Station

Things To Do In Central Tokyo, Marunouchi


Tokyo International Forum – International artists, Concerts, Ballet, art exhibitions, and Modern dance shows.
The building houses 7 halls, a museum, shops, and an open antique market on weekends. Made from steel and glass (designed by Rafael Vinoly), Tokyo International Forum is shaped like a boat. The nighttime view of the illuminated building is fantastic.

Marunouchi Building Observatory – (top floor of Marunouchi Building). Great views of Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace and Gardens, and Tokyo International Forum

The Imperial Palace Tokyo – A magnificent Japanese Palace that is home to one of the most discreet Royal families in the world. The Japanese gardens surrounding the palace, the moat, and the Japanese bridge are excellent for strolling (or jogging).

marounouchi Near Tokyo Station

Marunouchi Brick Square (fourth floor of the Marunouchi Park Building) is a restored 19th-century red-brick mansion with terrace bars, a lush green garden and a promenade-style path.
With it’s open cafes, the square is a sanctuary of peace in the hectic financial and commercial area. At night the Brick Square is lit with soft lights of Meiji era-style gas lamps.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum (at the Brick Square complex, fourth floor of the Marunouchi Park Building) this compact museum is set inside a replica of the first office building in this area, from 1894. The museum displays a collection of late-19th-century graphics and crafts.

Ginza is 10 min by foot. Kabuki Theater, Tokyo Fish Market, Karaoke, Bars and Restaurants are all located in Ginza.
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Shopping In Marunouchi

The Marunouchi Building and the Shin-Marunouchi Building (1-minute walk from the Marunouchi South Gate of Tokyo Station) are 2 fabulous skyscrapers that are packed with up-scale boutiques carrying clothing and accessories, cosmetics, skin-care, and Jewelry. There’s also a Hairdressing Salon and a Nails & Reflexology center.

The buildings have a Direct connection with Tokyo Station, which makes them an ideal Thing to Do in Tokyo during winter.

Nakadori Avenue An Elm tree-lined shopping street running between the 2 skyscraper buildings (the Marunouchi Building and the Shin-Marunouchi). The street is lined by cafes and fashion boutiques. Soft evening lights on the trees make it one of the Most Romantic streets in Tokyo.

Nakadori Avenue

Best Restaurants In Marunouchi

After office hours the area is packed with financial professionals winding down with a drink and dinner before commuting home. The atmosphere is lively and fun. A great place to mix with the locals.

The Marunouchi Building itself houses more than 70 restaurants, so there’s something for every taste and budget – from French and Italian Restaurants to the lively Japanese Izakaya and even a Starbucks coffee.

Peter The Hotel Peninsula’s much-talked-about fusion restaurant and Bar. Great views of the city and no cover charge.

Antwerp Central (Tokyo Bldg Tokia) A Belgian Brasserie and Beer Bar. The old-fashioned decor gives the place the feel of a European cafe

En (Marunouchi Bldg. 5F) The En is a chain of Tokyo Restaurants that have beautiful traditional Japanese décor.
The En offers good Japanese food, a wide variety of reasonably priced drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Shunju Tsugihagi (Yurakucho 1-1-1, Nissay Theatre B1F) An izakaya (Japanese Bar plus Restaurant) that offers tofu dishes, premium seafood, and grilled meats. English menu is available.

Cotton Club (Tokyo Bldg Tokia 2F.) Live soul, R&B, and jazz almost every night.

Best Marunouchi Hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Marunouchi Tokyo

Price: From $500

A deluxe, Romantic Boutique style Hotel, with a Sophisticated modern charm. Suites and some of the Superior rooms have a unique view over Shinkansen trains leaving Tokyo station. Bathrooms are large, and the lights have a dimmer.

The hotel offers complimentary use of the traditional Japanese Onsen- Suites have Fax and scanner. High-speed Internet access in the rooms comes with a surcharge.

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Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo-from $300

Marounouchi Guide - Hotel

Everything you could possibly think of is within 5-minute walk, including the direct train to Narita Airport (the Narita Limousine Bus also stops here). The underground walkways to Tokyo Station lead to hundreds of shops, restaurants, and even a Starbucks. The Perfect business hotel.

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The Peninsula Hotel

Price: From $500

Peninsular Hotel Tokyo

The Glamorous and Romantic Peninsula Hotel is right Opposite the Imperial Palace Tokyo and just a three-minute walk to the up-scale shopping and nightlife areas of Ginza. Service is heavenly and the Spa is outstanding.
Spacious rooms (complete with dressing room closet), filled with gadgets (including an espresso machine) and a large bathroom.

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The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo-from $500

romantic-tokyo-hotels-mandarin-6 A paradise in Tokyo. The striking Tokyo skyline view from all rooms is granted. From the 38th floor lounge, you can see Mt Fuji. Service here is taken to another level. From the right adapters ready for you in the room on arrival to the laundry bags with your name on it. The entire staff knows your name, makes you feel welcome and beckons to your every need.

You will have to pay for Wi-Fi, but the signal is strong and covers the entire hotel, whether in the rooms, at the bar or in the restaurants.

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Shangri La Hotel Tokyo-from $580

business-hotel-shangri-la-5 The central location next to Tokyo station is very convenient if you intend to use the JR trains to travel in Japan.Rooms are enormous in Japanese standards, with a very comfortable desk for work and complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access.Service is impeccable, from the concierge team that meets you at Tokyo station and escorts you to the hotel, to the reception team that will help organize your daily excursions into Tokyo and do their best to meet your needs.

The rooms overlooking Tokyo train station have a great view over Shinkansen (bullet) trains – a striking nighttime view with a drink in hand.

Rates and Reviews: Shangri La Hotel Tokyo
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Tokyo Station is the busiest terminal in Tokyo for multiple Subway lines.To get to Marunouchi you need any line that stops at Tokyo Station (which is basically all Subway lines in Tokyo).Tokyo Station is also the central Train station in Tokyo, with Shinkansen trains (bullet trains) and other JR trains going to every spot in Japan.

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