Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

A walk from Tokyo Station 2
From the Imperial Palace to Kasumigaseki.
 

Tokyo Station→Toranomon Hills Station

Starting from the red brick Marunouchi Building of Tokyo station that reminds you of Meiji period, the route includes the Imperial Palace East Imperial Garden where Edo-Castle used to be located, and Kokyogaien National Park, where you can see Nijubashi-Bridge and Sakuradamon Gate. The route allows you to enjoy the at-mosphere that makes you feel the history as you get in touch with beautiful na-ture. With various government offices located, this neighborhood is the very center of Japanese politics. From this government district, we head to the Toranomon’s bussiness district.

Start 

Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Central Exit
JR Yamanote Line, Keihintohoku Line, Chuo Line, Yokosuka Line, Sobu Line, etc. Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Goal 

Toranomon Hills Station, B2 Exit
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Distance 

about 5

Hours 

about 1hour 10mins

Standard time for stopover places 

         about
        2hours
      about 1hour
         20mins
 
 

Standard Time of this route 

about 4hours 30mins

The illustrated map of this course

Walking Video!!

Enjoy "Cinematical Stroll" in Tokyo!

Vol.12 Cinematic Stroll in Tokyo 

Tokyo Station ⇒
Toranomon Hills Station

The area that shows the transition from Edo era to modern era to the present day. Let’s walk in the center of Japan feeling the history of Tokyo.
※Free of charge on this screen!

Route Description

11mins 800m

 6mins  400m

 8mins  550m     

13mins   830m

15mins   1.13km 

 4mins  290m

 9mins  700m

  5mins  350m

Route Guide

From the Marunouchi Station Plaza in front of  Tokyo Station, Maruniuchi Central Entrance LinkIcon , with the red brick building go straight along Gyoko Street where ginko trees line up in front is Imperial Palace Moat. Turn right at Wadakura intersection, walk along the Hibiya Street and turn left at Otemachi intersection. When you cross the moat, you will find the Ote-mon Gate entrance of the Imperial Palace East Garden LinkIcon . Let’s enjoy valuable historic remains and rich nature here. Go out of the garden from the same Ote-mon Gate and turn right. Go down the Uchibori-dori Street and on your left is a park with a beautiful fountain. Located in the park is Wadakura Fountain Park restaurant LinkIcon  where you can enjoy popular roast beef. After leaving the park, go to the left following Uchibori-dori Street and enter the premises of Kokyogaien National Garden LinkIcon . You can look over a panoramic view of the office district across the street alking in Kokyogaien. The view of Fushimi Turret over the Niju-bashi Bridge is an excellent photo spot. You can also find an equestrian statue of Masashige Kusunoki, a prominent samurai in the 14th century. Go out of the Sakurada-mon Gate, which is famous for “Sakurada Incident” an assassination in the 19th century, go to the right and go along the moat, walk through the Western Style Front Garden up to the National Diet Building LinkIcon . After having a view of this symbolic building of the government district, go through the Japanese Style Front Garden opposite the previous Western Style Front Garden and you will find Roppongi Street. Turn right on the street and soon turn left at the Gaimusho-ue intersection to the Shiomi-zaka Slope. Go straight while looking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on your left and the Common Government Office Building and the Ministry of Finance on your right. Turn right at Kasumigaseki-nichome intersection, walk along Sakurada-dori Street up to Tokyo Metro Toranomon Station,11 Exit. The stairs of the exit lead to Edo Castle Moat Underground MuseumAE LinkIcon . Take the elevator from the museum and return to Sakurada-dori Street. Walk to the right for about 120 meters and you can find the large Torii gate of Toranomon Kotohiragu LinkIcon . Worshipping at the shrine, go out from the Torii gate, and turn right, and take a left at the Toranomon-nichome intersection. You will see Toranomon Hills on your right. Go to the right along the path around Toranomon Hills, and you will see glass-walled TABISURU STAND LinkIcon . Let’s take a rest here and relish delicious local cuisine and local sake. After retracing your steps viewing Toranomon Hills on your lest side, you will reach today’s goal Toranomon Hills Station LinkIcon .
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Tokyo Station

From the Marunouchi Central Entrance of JR Tokyo Station

Tokyo station is referred to as the entrance of Tokyo. It has various highlights including a station yard with a spacious shopping mall and the red-brick Marunouchi station building of which restoration work was  completed in 2012. Immediately in front of the Central Entrance, there is the Marunouchi Station Plaza. From there, head to the Imperial Palace which you can see right ahead.

When you go out from the Marunouchi Exit, the Marunouchi Station Plaza is right in front of you.

This retro-looking red brick Station building is a landmark of Tokyo station.

Rows of ginko trees are beautiful on Gyoko Street leading from the Marunouchi Station Plaza.

The statue of Inoue Masaru, who is refered as “The father of Japanese railways” in the Marunouchi Station Plaza.

LinkIcon Imperial Palace East Imperial Garden

A spacious garden with beautiful nature and valuable historic remains.

The Imperial Palace East Garden is a garden located in the east of The Imperial Pal-ace. The garden has large premises of 21 hectare with 3 entrances: Ote-mon Gate, Hirakawa-mon Gate and Kitahanebashi-mon Gate. The admission is free. This garden used to be a former Edo-castle. Although most buildings of Edo-castle were destroyed by series of fires, some parts still remain (including Fujimi Turret, Doshin-Bansyo Guardhouse and Hyakunin-Bansyo Guardhouse). The spectacular stone walls indicate the scale of Edo castle. Also, the rich nature that gives visitors different impressions with each season is a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Let’s cross the moat and enter the Imperial Palace East Garden through Ote-mon Gate.

The security station called Dai-bansho remains as it was in the past.

In Honmaru area in the center of East Garden, there is a large lawn area

The castle tower was burned down, and only the huge foundation of the tower remains.

A miniature model of the castle tower, in one thirtieth size of original tower.

A grove of woods in Ninomaru area, You can enjoy contact with nature in the middle of the city.

Beautiful Ninomaru Garden is a typical strolling pond garden (Chisen-Kaiyu-style garden)

The Stone wall towering up at the Shiratori Moat was built in the era Tokugawa Ieya-su was ruling.

Imperial Palace East Imperial Garden

Address

1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-3213-2050

Closed

Monday, Friday (Next weekday if Mon. is holiday)

Hours

9:00〜17:00(3/1〜4/14)、〜18:00(4/15〜8/31)、〜17:00(9/1〜
9/30)、〜16:30(10/1〜10/31)(Last Admission 30minutes ago)

Access

15-minute walk from the JR Sobu Line and others Tokyo Station
Marunouchi Central exit,
5-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Line and more Otemachi Station

Website

https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/event/higashigyoen/higashigyoen.html

LinkIcon Wadakura Fountain Park Restaurant

A restaurant that offers luxurious time

One of the restaurants run by the Palace Hotel. Bright and spacious restaurant with 8-meter-ceiling and beautiful arch-shaped roof gives diners a sense of openness. The recommend menu is roast beef that is known asthe Palace Hotel’s traditional dish. Time and effort are taken
to grill selected Japanese beef. Tender and juicy roast beef is an exquisite dish that you can enjoy the natural taste of in-gredients. The restaurant offers diners a luxurious dining experience with the view of rich nature by day and an illuminated fountain by night.

This opera-house looking restaurant stands in front of a fountain.

The restaurant is spacious with a high ceiling and has a beautiful view from windows.

Set meal of roast beef with gravy source ¥3600.

Set meal of cold roast beef sandwiches ¥2500. Takeout is also possible.

Wadakura Fountain Park Restaurant

Address

3-1, Kokyogaien, Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-5224-6062

Closed

No holiday (Subject to change).Temporary Closed

Hours

11:00〜16:00 (Subject to change)

Access

7-minute walk from JR Sobu Line and others Tokyo Sta-tion
Marunouchi Central exit,
2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and others Otemachi Station D2 exit,
3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Niju-bashimae Station 6 exit

Website

http://www.w-funsuikouen-r.com/

(Sumida Ward Tourisut Association)

LinkIcon Kokyogaien National Gardens

One of Tokyo's most beautiful gardens.

The garden has a large lawn area with Japanese black pines, moats and castle gates. The two bridges span the moat from the Imperial Palace Square to the pal-ace are collectively called Nijubashi Double Bridge (individually called the Main Gate Stone Bridge and the Main Gate Iron Bridge). The view of the Fushimi Tower behind them is popular as one of the most scenic view in Tokyo. The Sakuradamon gate, a castle gate reconstructed in 1636, is also known as the stage for the historically famous “Incident outside Sakuradamon”, and is the widest of all the existing castle gates.

A great photo spot where you can see Fushimi Tower behind the Nijubashi Double bridge.

This gallant looking equestrian statue of Kusunoki Masashige was completed in 1900.

Sakurada-mon Gate, the site of the historic incident, still remains.

Office buildings in Marunouchi area are reflected on the surface of the moat.

Kokyogaien National Gardens

Address

1-1 Kokyogaien Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-3213-0095

Access

1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nijubashi-mae Station 2 Exit

Website

https://www.env.go.jp/garden/kokyogaien/index.html

LinkIcon National Diet Library

Stately building that stands out in the government office area.

Construction of the National Diet building started in 1920 and was completed 17 years later in 1936. This beautiful symmetrical building is free admission. Seeing the building ahead, the wing on the right is the House of Councillors and the one on the left is the House of Representatives. Although it is one of the most well-known buildings in Japan, who designed it is not known. There is also a vast front garden (Kokkai Zentei) of 50,000㎡ freely accessible to anyone. On the north side is the western style garden, and the Japanese style garden is on the south side. Visitors can enjoy the seasonal scenery such as cherry and dogwoods blossoms.

As you walk along the moat, there is a sign of the National Diet Building

The National Diet building covered by granite is an iconic building of Japan’s government district.

Cross the intersection of Kokkaigijido-mae and go to the National Diet Western Style Front Garden from the right side.

Opening hours of the Front gardens is 9am to 5:30am. Free admission.

National Diet

Address

1-7-1 Nagatacyo Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-5521-7445

Closed

Saturday, Sunday, National Holiday, New Year holi-days
(Front garden of the Diet :New Year holidays)

Hours

9:00〜16:00
(Front garden of the Diet : 9:00〜17:30)

Access

3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and others Nagatacho Station 1 exit,
6-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and others Kokkaigijido-mae Station 1 exit

Website

https://www.sangiin.go.jp/japanese/taiken/gijidou/1.html (House of Councillor)

http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_annai.nsf/html/statics/kokkai/sisetu.html (House of Representatives)

LinkIcon Edo Castle Moat Underground Museum

A good unknown spot connected with an underground passage of Toranomon Station.

A small exhibition room connected by a passageway from Toranomon Station,11 exit.
Exhibits here show details of Edo Castle outer moat. It is said that Edo government summoned feudal loads from all across the country and have them build the outer moat. A part of the stone wall of the outer moat, panel showing civil engineering of the period, and the
specimen of granite which was used for the stone walls are exhibited. This little underground space has a mysterious charm that makes you feel as if you have traveled back in time.

Go down to an underground passageway from 6 or 11 Exit of Tokyo Metro Toranomon Station.

When walking the passageway towards government buildings, you will find stairs up to the exhibition room.

In the back of the exhibition room, there is an outdoor space where you can see a precious existing stone wall rising high.

A panel explains the history of the outer moat is exhibited.

Edo Castle Moat Underground Museum

Address

3-2 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-5833-7270

Access

Immediately after entering Exit 11 of Tokyo Metro Toranomon Station

Website

https://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/soshiki2/ishigaki/index.htm

LinkIcon Toranomon Kotohiragu

A shrine in middle of the office district which is popular for matchmaking.

Dating back to 1660, This shrine has a long history and has been attracting many worshippers. It is famous for the benefit of marine security, and aiso known for the benefits of safety of family, good luck and business success. In the precinct, there are various spots ranging from the main hall and Musubi Jinjya Shrine, a small hall of matchmaking god, to the Do Torii Gate, a rare torii gate on which four gods are engraved and Ohyakudo-ishi, a stone to pray many times for realization of one’s earnest wishes. 

A rare view of a huge torii gate and an office building are co-existing.

It is worth seeing this rare torii gate made of copper on which four gods are engraved.

In 2001, the main hall was designated as one of the Historical Buildings selected by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Musubi-jinja Shrine located on the right of the main hall has been attracting many worshippers since the Edo period.

Visitors tie this red rope at Musubi-shrine to wish for good match.

Don’t forget to get a red seal as a proof of a visit.

Toranomon Kotohiragu

Address

1-2-7 Toranomon Minato-ku

Tel

03-3501-9355

Access

3-min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Toranomon Station 2a exit, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Toranomon Hills Station A1・A2 exit,
To-kyo Metro Marunouchi Line・Chiyoda Line Kasumigaseki Station A13 exit

Website

https://kakimori.com/

LinkIcon TABISURU STAND

A Stand  where you can find tasty food and drinks unique to Japan.

This small, glass-walled stand and bar stands in front of Toranomon Hills, on the Shintora Street leading from the Olympic village to the main stadium.  Appreciating the view of Tokyo Tower, diners can enjoy dishes and drinks unique to Japan. Set menus with rice balls and miso-soup using carefully selected ingredients are offered during lunch hours. Regional cuisine and local sake are offered at dinner time. Menus are changed on a regular basis, so look forward to seeing which region’s taste you can enjoy. You might find it fun to discover the taste of Japan you didn‘t know.

Let’s head to the next spot looking over Toranomon Hills, a landmark building of Toranomon area.

Glass-walled, stylish stand.

Office buildings and Tokyo Tower can be seen from this restaurant.

Local food menu changes depending on the season.
This is Banshu Oden, a traditional stew from Hyogo prefecture.

TABISURU STAND

Address

2-16-6 Nishishinbashi Minato-ku

Tel

080-7968-8490

Closed

Sunday(Open if Monday is a public holiday 11:30〜 L.O.19:00,
Closed on Mondays).
※Busiiness hours are changing during the state of emergenccy.Please chek the website for the  latest information.

Hours

11:30〜L.O.14:30/17:30〜L.O.21:00、
Saturday・Public holiday 11:30〜L.O.19:00

Access

6-min walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Toranomon Station 1 exit,
3-min walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Toranomon Hills Station exit

Website

https://www.tabisuru-market.jp/information/stand/

LinkIcon Toranomon Hills Station

Use B2 Exit of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Toranomon Hills Station

Opened in June 2020 , Toranomon Hills station is the newest metro station which was built for the first time in 56 years since the opening of Hibiya Line in 1964. B1exit is directly connected to the Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. The Ginza Line is accessible through an underground passage. At the end of today’s Osampo, let‘s take a look at this newly built station on the way back to your place.


This new station is opened in 2020.

Underground passage is also connected with the Ginza Line Toranomon Station.