The JR Yamanote Line - Part 1
Tokyo Station to Tamachi Station with a Japan Rail Pass
Discover the most convenient way to travel Tokyo with your Japan Rail Pass: From Tokyo Station to Tamachi through the JR Yamanote Line.
0 km - Tokyo station
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
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
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
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
5.9 km - Takanawa Gateway station
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
03-5220-1111 / www.thetokyostationhotel.jp
HOTEL METROPOLITAN MARUNOUCHI
A stylish luxury hotel connected to the Tokyo Station with a special discount for Japan Rail Pass holders. You can enjoy a superb view of the city from their restaurant lounge.
1-7-12 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005
03-3211-2233 / www.hotelmetropolitanmarunouchi.jp
PEARL HOTEL YAESU パール ホテル八重洲
A quiet, modern and reasonably priced hotel, only a five minute walk from the Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station.
1-2-6 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0028
03-3246-8080 / www.pearlhotels.jp/en/yaesu/index.html
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Tel : 03-5223-9896
MEAL MUJI ミール無印
The well-known MUJI ‘brandless’ stores that have been spreading all over the world have their own cafés in Japan! This cafeteria-style restaurant serves lots of different healthy meals with your choice of sides. From the Yaesu south exit of Tokyo Station, turn right to walk south down Sotobori- dori. Meal Muji is a 5 minute walk and will be on your right.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.