The JR Yamanote Line

Tokyo Station to Tamachi Station

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Let's start our journey along the Yamanote Line in Tokyo Station.

0 km - tokyo station

Tokyo station is the terminus for most shinkansen services and classic JR lines. The station is divided into two parts: Marunouchi and Yaesu.
A short walk north-west from the Marunouchi exit will lead you to the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Palace East Gardens. The palace is built on the site of the former Edo Castle. The palace was completed in 1888 and is now the residence of Emperor Akihito.

Most areas are not accessible to the public, but you can visit the East Gardens, which include a Japanese-style garden (Tues. - Thurs. and Sat. -Mon., 9 am - 4:30 pm, Nov-Feb, 4pm, free).

You can also walk to the National Museum of Modern Art, which displays the largest collection of modern Japanese art as well as Western-style paintings (Tues. - Sun., 10 am to 5 pm, 8pm Fridays, ¥420).

0.8 km - yurakucho station

Alight here for the tourist information center. Take the International Forum Exit.

A five-minute walk from Yurakucho is Ginza, considered the most fashionable shopping district in Japan.

Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish market in Japan, is two stops from Ginza on the Hibiya Subway Line. Visitor numbers for the auctions are limited. You have to queue at the O-sakana Fukyu Center before 5 am. Alternatively, you can arrive after 9 am to visit the wholesale market area.

2 km - shimbashi station

The birthplace of the railway in Japan. At nearby Shiodome, you can visit the Former Shimbashi Station, a replica of Japan's first station building (Tues. - Sun., 11 am - 6 pm, free).

Hama Rikyu Garden is a 10-15 minute walk from the station. It is one of Tokyo's best-known landscape gardens and dates back 300 years (daily, 9 am - 5 pm, ¥300).

3.1 km - hamamatsucho station

Change here for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport

From here, also visit the 333-meter high (1093 feet) Tokyo Tower, which was constructed in 1958, when Tokyo's young TV networks needed a tall antenna to transmit. The Main Observatory is at 150 meters (492 feet) and the Special Observatory is at 250 meters. At the main observation floor cafe, Club 33 hosts free live music on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. 

The tower also houses an art gallery, the Guiness Book of World Records Museum Tokyo, and a wax museum. (Main Observatory, ¥820, Special Observatory, an additional ¥600, Tower 9 am - 10 pm, museums 10 am - 9 pm).

4.6 km - tamachi station

Just across the street from this station stands the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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