If you are a train fan, an architectural geek, or a person interested in Tokyo’s history as a city, a stroll from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station is a lot of fun and highly recommended! This time, I will take you with me on my sunset walk through the city!
The reborn Tokyo Station
The starting point of my stroll along the train tracks was – of course – JR Tokyo Station. Tokyo Station, completed in 1914, is a beautiful retro building giving the surrounding futuristic city with its skyscrapers a nostalgic touch.
The first design for Tokyo Station was created by a German architect, but what he designed was too “Japanese” and was therefore rejected. That was because Japan then was eager to “catch up” with the West. The red brick and European-style building that was finally decided on is the design of Japanese architect Tatsuno Kingo.
If you want to take a glimpse of the station building from above, head to the free observation deck on the 5th floor of ‘KITTE’ department store, right next to the station.
The railway viaduct
Proceeding south along the railroad tracks, you can see the arched brick viaduct. This viaduct leading to Yurakucho Station has a history of over 100 years! The arches give space to restaurants and commercial facilities that have settled under the overpass, which is very popular with local people and office workers working nearby.
After a short walk, you arrive at Yurakucho Station. Keep walking. On the south side of Yurakucho Station, you’ll find a lot of reasonable bars and taverns where people eat and drink outside at small tables. The atmosphere here is wonderful!
The restaurant I chose was ‘Manpuku Shokudo’, a small izakaya-style Japanese pub with posters of old movies everywhere. Taste the home-cooked dishes and snacks that go well with beer while watching people walk by. You will feel as if you had traveled back in time to old Tokyo!
How did you like my short walk? If you come to Tokyo, please visit this area and get a taste of the old Tokyo from 100 years ago!
2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest station: Tokyo Station, Nijubashimae Station, Otemachi Station, Yurakucho Station
Manpuku Shokudo Restaurant
2-4-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest station: Yurakucho Station, Hibiya Station