Tokyo is Japan's biggest and most modern city, but even here remain buildings where you can feel history. As Japanese architecture has traditionally envisioned buildings as temporary and expendable, in part due to the constant threat of fires and earthquakes, Tokyo has been left with fewer examples of historic architecture than places like Europe and the UK. Nevertheless, the neighbouring districts of Marunouchi and Ginza still contain a number of buildings that have, through a combination of luck and love, managed to stay standing, providing an ideal opportunity to enjoy a walk around town and see a blend of old and new architecture.
JR Tokyo Station's Marunouchi Station Building is a historical building that was constructed in 1910s. The distinct style of using red brick and white marble became an architectural style that combined British architecture will still reflecting the atmosphere of Japan in that era. The 3rd floor's domed roof was crushed during the fire bombings in World War II, but it has been reconstructed to look exactly as it did in 1914. This should definitely be a stop on your trip so you can experience the retro atmosphere of this beautiful building.
By the way Tokyo Station has an aspect as the station of the Imperial Family, for example the entrance exclusively for the Imperial family is located at the center of the building. The “Gyoko” in Gyoko Street, which connects Tokyo Station with the Imperial Palace, means the Emperor’s going out in Japanese.
Tokyo Station Night Lights
The Tokyo Station Hotel is a high-class hotel, which was opened right after Tokyo Station was opened. Actually the hotel occupies about a half of the building. From some rooms you can see the view of Marunouchi and from others the inside of the dome-like roof.
The entrance to Japan’s capital, Tokyo Station, is celebrating its centennial and it is never seemed better. The starting point of the nation’s railway system, voyagers in Japan will likely pass by means of this landmark at least one time. Situated in the historical and political centre of the city, Tokyo Station is a destination in its own right.
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