Updated on May 25, 2018
Marunouchi Central Plaza
The red-brick Tokyo Station exudes history and style. In front of the stately Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building which serves as a gateway to the capital, is the Marunouchi Central Plaza. The expansive space of the plaza, which opened at the end of last year, is paved with white granite and features well-maintained plantings and lawns for a comfortable atmosphere. On the stylish benches, you can see people spending time as they please, such as reading or eating their lunches.
Proceed to the 73-meter-wide Gyoko-dori Avenue, which leads to the Imperial Palace while feeling a refreshing breeze flowing among the high-rise buildings. Gyoko-dori, which also drew public attention when it was designated the finishing point of the Tokyo Marathon two years ago, is a large open space located in the heart of the metropolis. Preparations are underway again this year for a range of seasonal events, such as a Bon dance festival and uchimizu or the Japanese tradition of water sprinkling.
Intersecting with Gyoko-dori is the even more exciting Marunouchi Naka-dori. Even though it is an office district, Marunouchi Naka-dori Avenue is rich with green. When the street is closed to vehicular traffic, colorful tables and chairs appear, making you feel as if you are in a foreign country. Marunouchi Naka-dori is also known as a place where you can encounter art by Yayoi Kusama and other greats. Enjoy up close the works of art.
Marunouchi used to be called the weekday district. Look forward to seeing it transform even more in pace with the changing trends.
Hours of restricted traffic: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.
Enjoy art while strolling down Marunouchi Naka-dori Avenue