Marunouchi is one of the districts in Tokyo that is filled with excitement and flair. There is always something happening within its busy streets, and every corner holds a surprise waiting to be discovered.
What makes Marunouchi a hub of activity is perhaps its close proximity to Tokyo Station. Since it is an important location, various shopping malls and shopping complex has been built in and around the station. This is actually a good thing because it gave plenty of options for travelers to dine, window shop, and buy their daily necessities before riding the train.
Check out these 10 shopping destinations in the Marunouchi area near Tokyo Station for best buys!
1. Marunouchi Building (丸の内ビルディング)
The Marunouchi Building is one of the landmarks that overlooks the Tokyo Station. A great place to shop for things you need, or dine in one of their many restaurants. This is an iconic building that used to be the one of the biggest in its era. Today, you can stroll around and visit the various shops that are scattered on in its floors.
Address: 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
2. Shin-Marunouchi Building (新丸の内ビルディング)
Shin-Marunouchi Building can also be referred to as the “New Marunouchi Building”. It is built on the opposite side of the former and is one of the biggest commercial complexes in Marunouchi. It boasts over 150 stores and restaurants, which offers a wide variety of products and services. The restaurants here are great, and there are a few that can easily become one of your favorite dining places in the city.
Address: Shin Marunouchi Bldg, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
3. Oazo (丸の内オアゾ)
Oazo means oasis in Esperanto and one of the shopping complex near Tokyo Station. It was meant to give people a relaxing place to stroll around, window shop, dine or buy a few items before going back home. The most noticeable store within Oazo is without a doubt, the Maruzen Bookstore. It holds thousands of books and other miscellaneous items like stationery, accessories, etc. If you plan to buy English books, then going here will definitely make things easier for you.
Address: 1-6-4 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Website: http://www.marunouchi.com/top/oazo (Japanese Only)
4. Marunouchi Brick Square (丸の内ブリックスクエア)
Marunouchi Brick Square can be considered as a small European themed oasis within the busy streets of Marunouchi. The classy shopping complex with various cafes, restaurants, and shops are overlooking a lush green square. The environment compliments the red brick designs of the buildings, which gives it a more Western appeal. If you are looking for a change of pace from the usual, you might want to check this place out.
Address: 2-6-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
5. Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street
Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street is a calm and peaceful shopping street that has many interesting shops. It is also the main street in the Marunouchi Area that is often used to host seasonal events from time to time. The shopping street is lined up with trees, which gives it a very fresh look. This is also one of the best places to shop, especially during winter time because the trees are illuminated with colorful lights, which is a sight to behold. Many flagship stores and other famous brands can be found in this shopping street.
Address: 1-Chome, 2-Chome, 3-Chome Marunouchi and 1-Chome Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
KITTE shopping complex first opened its doors in the spring of 2013. You can get there by going through the underground tunnel that connects it through the Tokyo Station. It has various shops and restaurants that cater to the taste of the general public. The outdoor garden and observation deck found on the 6th floor gives you a broad view of the city. If you are not in a rush, it would be a great idea to take a peek at the stores located in this shopping complex.
Address: 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
7. Daimaru Tokyo
Daimaru Tokyo is just a minute walk from the Tokyo Station. This department store has an impressive collection of popular brand names, for clothes, fashion, bags, accessories, etc. This is the reason why many people prefer to shop here in Daimaru. Their great selection of stores gives you more options, and more options mean you can choose the best among the rest.
Address: 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
8. Tokyo Character Street
Tokyo Character Street is probably one of the most popular shopping areas near Tokyo Station. You can even say it is a place where “every kid” wants to go. This street is connected to Tokyo Station. Various themed stores with popular “anime/cartoon” (like Hello Kitty, JUMP SHOP, Pokemon, etc.) characters are lined up in the shopping street, and those who love anime and the likes will appreciate going here. If you are traveling with kids, you might want to drop by and let them see their favorite Japanese characters.
Address: First Avenue Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi,First Avenue Tokyo Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/street/character (Japanese Only)
English Floor Map: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf
9. Tokyo Okashi Land
Tokyo Okashi Land is a small snack paradise located in front of the Yaesu Underground Central Exit of the Tokyo Station. If you are craving to eat some snacks after getting off the station, look no further and head straight to this small heaven of sugar, spice, and everything nice! The freshly baked goods from confectioneries are simply hard to resist. Of course, if you prefer other snacks like fried potato chips and sticks, you can visit Calbee+ located here!
Address: Tokyo Station Ichibangai B1F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/street/okashi (Japanese Only)
Floor Map: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/pdf/floorMap_foreign.pdf
10. Yaesu Shopping Mall
The Yaesu Shopping Mall is one of the biggest underground shopping complexes in Japan. In fact, it’s very possible for you to get lost if you’re going there for the first time. Several entrances lead to Yaesu Shopping Mall, which makes it an ideal place to stroll, dine, and shop.
Address: Basement, 2-1, Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,
Data is as of October 2018
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