RWC Host City: Tokyo (Part 2)
Marunouchi is situated between Tokyo Station and Kokyogaien National Gardens.
The construction of Western-style buildings in this area was led by the Mitsubishi Ichigokan office building during the Meiji Era. Brick buildings were constructed one after the other, and soon, the area resembled London’s Lombard Street, thus earning the name Iccho (one-block) London. It soon developed into the first modern business district in Japan.
The current Imperial Palace, Kōkyo, which is home to Japan’s imperial family, is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. It is a short walk from Tokyo Station.
Shibuya district is the origin of Japan’s vibrant youth culture.
It is home to several famous restaurants, bars, night clubs and live music venues and has lots of stylish department stores and shops and a vibrant atmosphere. With a variety of options available, you can enjoy dining at fashionable cafés and affordable eateries. Situated in front of Shibuya Station are some of the district’s landmarks such as the statue of Hachiko and the Shibuya Crossing.
Yoyogi Park, a lush garden and event venue, is just a short walk from the station.
Roppongi / Tokyo Tower
Roppongi is where Tokyo meets the world. The area is dotted with embassies of different countries and has various shops and restaurants geared towards foreigners. This stylish district is a popular tourist spot. Large building complexes such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown have been established so you can enjoy fine shopping and dining, not only at nighttime but also during the day.
Standing 333 meters high in the centre of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.
In recent years, Odaiba has become really popular among foreign tourists. The waterfront area offers enjoyment for the whole family. Take a water-bus ride, and get a feel of Tokyo Bay’s sea breeze. The area has many different forms of entertainment to suit everyone, from tasting gourmet food to shopping and even beautiful sunset and nighttime views.