Marunouchi has gone a long way over time. Some of the old buildings are gone, and new and towering skyscrapers replaced them. The various attractions have become livelier and there are always new things to find if you are willing to spend some of your time exploring the city. One of the most popular attractions in Marunouchi is the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Some of them had been open to the public, and anyone could take the opportunity to admire the Imperial Gardens.

Another great thing about the Marunouchi area are the shopping malls. You are able to get anything you want, and they are easily accessible by train. The city also has countless restaurants and cafes that serve a wide variety of delicious food, both Western and Japanese. So, if you have time in your hands, consider these 10 things to do in Marunouchi Area for great memories.

1. Visit Imperial Palace and Kitanomaru Garden

The Imperial Palace is where the Imperial Family of Japan resides. It is one of the most famous landmarks of Tokyo and surrounded by many parks and gardens. The Kitanomaru Garden is located at the north side of the Imperial Palace. It is a small park, and while it may not be the most beautiful park in Tokyo, it’s a great spot to take a casual stroll and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Address: Kitanomaru Park 1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


2. Visit the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Tokyo Station and home to many works of art, including oil paintings, sculptures, and potteries. You will easily spot it because its “red-bricked” structure stands out in the area. The display is subject to change depending on the organizers of the museum. It was a museum dedicated to Western Art, which was rebuilt after it was torn down in 1968.

Address: 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


3. Find your Favorite Character at Character Street

Character Street is another popular tourist destination that is found in the 1st Avenue of Tokyo Station. It is a small street filled with shops that promote a wide variety of merchandise of famous cartoon and anime characters both local and abroad like Pikachu and Snoopy. If you have kids, then going here will be an enjoyable experience for them. Just make sure to bring some money, in case they find a plushie to their liking!

Address: B1F First Avenue Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


4. Find Local Specialty from Everywhere in Japan at Nippon Gourmet Road

Nippon Gourmet Road is a collection of restaurants that serve a wide variety of local delicacies from all over Japan. It’s connected to Tokyo Station through the underground shopping mall. Make sure to take your time and browse through the various branch stores from famous names in their respective regions. For those who love to eat Japanese specialties, going here will give you unexpected surprises.

Address: B1F First Avenue Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


5. Slurp Delicious Ramen Noodle on Tokyo Ramen Street

Tokyo Ramen Street is found on the basement near the Yaesu South Gate of the Tokyo Station. As the name suggests, it’s a street where you can find many famous ramen shops that have their own unique ramen specialties. Eating ramen before riding or after getting off the train to sate your hunger is always a great thing.

Address: B1F First Avenue Tokyo Station, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


6. Shop at Nakadori Avenue, KITTE, and Marunouchi Building

Nakadori Avenue

Nakadori Avenue is well-known as one of the high-end shopping streets in Tokyo. It is a major street that connects Yurakucho and Otemachi. The atmosphere here is a bit classy, and the street is lined up with trees. Various stores with branded names can be found here. It is also one of the best places to visit during the winter time because of the tree light illuminations.

Address: 2 Marunouchi to 3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


KITTE is standing at the former site of the Tokyo Central Post Office. It has many shopping stores and dining establishments that offer a wide range of product and services. One of its most unique features is its huge triangular atrium. It is where various events and other forms of entertainment are held.

Address: JP Tower B1F–6F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


Marunouchi Building

Marunouchi Building is located in front of the Tokyo Station. It has a good selection of restaurants and shops. There are plenty of boutiques here and other shops that provide salon and massage services.

Address: 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Website: (Japanese Only)

7. Enjoy a jazz performance at Cotton Club

The Cotton Club is considered as the Jazz Mecca in Tokyo. The food and drinks are all great, and the venue makes it even better. The classy atmosphere accompanied by the soulful music playing in the background is just perfect. World class artists frequent play here, so the performance is worth watching. If you love jazz, then do yourself a favor and drop by the Cotton Club.

Address: TOKIA 2F, TOKYO Bldg., 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


8. Workout around the Imperial Palace like a Local

When part of the imperial palace was opened to the public, many people take the opportunity to take in the sights and scenery of the imperial gardens. While others prefer to jog along with the imperial palace running course and stay healthy. Many locals like to jog around the palace, and join them to feel like a local!

9. Enjoy delicious foods and drinks at Izakaya in the Marunouchi area

Izakayas are also known as the local pubs of Japan holds a special place in Japanese Culture. It is a gathering place for those who love to eat local dishes and drink alcoholic beverages. The majority of them have a wide variety of wine, shochu and sake and other special delicacies that are only exclusive to them.

Find Izakayas in Marunouchi: 10 Izakayas in Marunouchi area near Tokyo Station for Food and Drinks

10.See Beautiful Marunouchi Illumination at night (Only in Winter)

You can see beautiful Marunouchi light illuminations at night during winter time in Japan. The trees that are lined up along Nakadori Street dazzle everyone during the night and show a surreal beauty that can only be seen during this time of year. Snap a few pictures to show-off to your friends!


Data is as of June 2019

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