Tokyois Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. It is also one ofJapan’s47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. TheIzu Peninsulaand Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.
Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known asEdo. A smallcastle townin the 16th century, Edo became Japan’s political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world’s most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved fromKyototo Edo, which was renamed Tokyo “Eastern Capital”. Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great KantoEarthquakeof 1923 and in theair raids of 1945.
Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. At the other end of the Yamanote loop line fromShinjuku, the city’s history can be appreciated in districts such asAsakusa, and in manyexcellent museums, historic temples, ancient castlesandgardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo and it’ssurroundingsalso offers a variety of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.
Tokyo Station in central Tokyo is the travel gateway ofShinkansen bullet trains bound for several areas of Japan and is one of the busiest terminal stations in Japan. Tokyo Station, however, is not only a transportation facility but also a cultural property with long history and many stories.
The restored symbol of the Metropolitan City
Marunouchi station building, the original building of Tokyo Station, is now especially popular, as it’s been renovated to the classic outlook of 100 years ago and reopened in October, 2012. You will be passing by Tokyo Station at least once during your time in Japan.
Take the time, stop by and feel this attractive architecture.
Magnificent architecture witnessing the history in the center of Tokyo
Tokyo Station opened in 1914. Marunouchi station building is in Marunouchi area, which is now a major business area of Tokyo. Back then, it’s difficult to believe that all these was just an open field. This area was selected to be the place of the Tokyo Station as it is right in front of the Imperial Palace.
Tokyo Station Interior
A straight wide road connects the Imperial Palace to the entrance of the station. The station building has been regarded not just as a transportation facility but as an important symbolic national architecture.Thus, Tokyo Station is the starting point of Japan’s railway network as well as the symbol ofTokyo metropolitan city representing Japan’s modernization.Tokyo Station was designed by Kingo Tatsuno, the authority of Japanese architects at that time who also has designed famous buildings like the Bank of Japan’s headquarter office.
Then; Marunouchi station building, the building consisted of several constructions combined side by side and was in theEuropean Renaissancedesign. It was designed with the theme of a three-storied renaissance architecture. Now known as Tokyo Station, it still stands majestically with three large domes in the north, south and center.
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