Don't Wanna Get Lost? Hang Out at These Stations in Tokyo!

Medium-sized to huge Japanese train stations nationwide all have something in common: they probably have at least a few restaurants and shops, if they're not actually part of a massive shopping mall. Sometimes it's just easier to hang out in a train station building than it is to wander around a confusing neighborhood. Here are five stations in Tokyo that are worth a day trip.


Things to Do

Nihonbashi Station

Nihonbashi is a fairly large area, bordered by Akihabara, Otemachi, and Ginza. While looking around will find you some interesting spots to check out, save yourself the stress of trying to figure out Google Maps and stay in the Coredo building.

Located just beside Nihonbashi Subway Station, Coredo Nihonbashi's approximately 50 shops and restaurants are spread across the lower five floors of a larger building. Prices are more moderate than at Mitsukoshi, and the restaurant floor offers quite a few international cuisines. The basement has one of central Tokyo's few regular supermarkets.

Ikebukuro Station

If there's any station where you can spend days on end without leaving, it's Ikebukuro Station. With two competing department stores sitting on top of the station, as well as Marui and Sunshine City within walking distance, you'll never have to leave the center of the neighborhood for entertainment.

Located on top of the west exit of Ikebukuro Station is the Tobu Department Store, one of Tokyo's largest department stores. It belongs to the Tobu Group, which also operates several suburban railway lines, including the Tobu Tojo Line which terminates at Ikebukuro Station.

Located on top of the east exit of Ikebukuro Station is the flagship Seibu Department Store, another of Tokyo's largest department stores. It belongs to the Seibu Group, which also operates several suburban railway lines, including the Seibu Ikebukuro Line which terminates at Ikebukuro Station.

Otemachi Station

Otemachi is Tokyo's biggest subway station (this doesn't include JR stations like Ikebukuro or Shinjuku.) Otemachi is a major financial and journalistic hub, and the recently opened Otemachi Financial City is still brand new. Something to check out!

Twenty-seven restaurants and daily shops are open on the first floor and in the first basement of the Otemachi Financial City, a new landmark in Otemachi.

Roppongi Station

Roppongi Hills is a massive complex, and Roppongi Station opens right into it. You can spend days wandering around the various offerings of Roppongi Hills without ever seeing the same thing twice.

A complex of facilities which includes offices, residential housing, hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as entertainment facilities such as the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo City View, TOHO cinemas, and TV Asahi. Visitors can enjoy bon-odori in summer and illuminations in winter. Roppongi hills continues to transmit cutting edge culture and information.

Oshiage Station

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There isn't much to say about Oshiage Station itself, but that's okay because it's connected to what is possibly the coolest train station building ever: Tokyo Skytree.

The TOKYO SKYTREE has become a new famous place in Tokyo, and stands over the Asakusa, Honjo, Mukojima, and Oshiage areas of Sumida Ward and near from Taito Ward – the center of old-fashioned Edo culture including food, entertainment, and items made by craftsmen.

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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