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KITTE is a new shopping mall which opened March 21 2013 in front of Tokyo Station.

A new shopping mall named “KITTE” opened in front of Tokyo Station on March 21 2013. Many stores, restaurants and a tourist information center are there. KITTE connects to Tokyo Station directly in underground.

Tokyo Central Post Office was here. It was an old building. Japan Post demolished that old building, and built a new 38 story building. Its appearance of lower floors is similar to the old office very much. KITTE is the lower floors in a new tall building named JP Tower.

White part of JP Tower is KITTE. Its appearance is very close to old Tokyo Central Post Office.

White part of JP Tower is KITTE. Its appearance is very close to old Tokyo Central Post Office.

An entrance of KITTE. Many people visited this new place.

An entrance of KITTE. Many people visited this new place.

Inside of KITTE is a triangle shape, and its center is a six floor-high atrium. A roof top garden is on six floor. You can see Tokyo Station in sight at the garden. *Unfortunately it was closed by a strong wind when I visited KITTE. So I could not to go out to the garden.

The comfortable six floor-high atrium. A huge postcard ornament was there.

The comfortable six floor-high atrium. A huge postcard ornament was there.

Tokyo Station was visible through a window. Tokyo Station is neighbor building of JP Tower.

Tokyo Station was visible through a window. Tokyo Station is neighbor building of JP Tower.

The rooftop garden was closed because of strong wind. Can you see Tokyo Station in the back of this photo?

The rooftop garden was closed because of strong wind. Can you see Tokyo Station in the back of this photo?

About one hundred boutiques and restaurants are there. Especially there are many stylish variety stores on upper floors. Several confectionary stores, luncher and restaurants are on the first basement floor. Chosen local famous foods stores from all in Japan open up their stores at KITTE.

A tourist information center named “Tokyo City i” is on the first floor and the first basement floor.

Including KITTE, this Marunouchi district is a large stylish shopping area. Marunouchi is the west side of Tokyo Station.

Famous Viewing Spots of Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

sakura Around the Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is at the most central of Tokyo. And around the Imperial Palace is a famous spot of cherry blossoms. You can enjoy cherry blossoms at “Kitanomaru Park” and “Chidorigafuchi”. Kitanomaru Park is at north side of the Imperial palace and Chidorigafuchi is at west side.

Cherry blossoms bloom downward toward surface of water of moat there. Contrast of the water shimmering and pale pink of cherry blossoms are very impressive.

This area will be very crowded at this time every year. Flowers are illuminated at night when they are in full bloom. There is boats rental and it is very popular. If you want to ride the boat on the weekend, you may have to wait a few hours.

Nearest Stations

  • Takeshiba Sta. ( Tozai Line )
  • Kudanshita Sta. ( Tozai Line , Hanzomon Line , Toei Shinjuku Line )
  • Hanzomon Sta. ( Hanzomon Line )

Chidorigafuchi

Cherry blossoms seen from the boat are exceptionally beautiful.

Cherry blossoms are illuminated at Chidorigafuchi.

You can enjoy fantastic view different from daytime.

sakura Ueno Park

Ueno Park is famous by museums and a zoo. But it is also famous by cherry blossoms since old time. There are about 1200 trees of cherry blossoms, and the park is illuminated by about 1100 pieces of Japanese lanterns during “Ueno Cherry Blossoms Festival”. About 300 thousand people come every day and total 2 millions people come in its season every year.

Nearest Stations

  • Ueno Sta. ( JR , Tokyo Metro Ginza Line and Hibiya Line , Keisei Line )

Ueno Park is very crowded with many people all day during "Sakura Festival".

Ueno Park is very crowded with many people all day during “Sakura Festival”.

sakura Sumida Park

Sumida Park is close of Asakusa Sta. About 1000 trees are planted both sides along Sumida River between Sakurabashi bridge and Azuma-bashi bridge. And you can also enjoy them on a water bus or a houseboat called “Yakatabune”. The water water buses and boats will be very crowded when cherry bloom fully.

Nearest Stations

sakura Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Shinjuku Gyoen is a paid park. You can enjoy the most popular variety “Someiyoshino” during from late March to early April. And then, “Yaezakura” blooms during from mid-April to the end of April. Yaezakura is a different variety from Someiyoshino. There are three entrances at Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

Nearest Stations

Shinjukumon Gate
  • Shinjuku Sta. ( JR , Keio, Odakyu / 10 min. walk )
  • Shinjuku-gyoenmae Sta. ( Marunouchi Line / 5 min. walk )
  • Shinjuku-sanchome Sta. ( Fukutoshin Line , Toei Shinjuku Line / 5 min. walk )
Okidomon Gate
  • Shinjuku-gyoenmae Sta. ( Marunouchi Line / 5 min. walk )
Sendagayamon Gate
  • Sendagaya Sta. ( JR Chou Line & Sobu Line / 5 min. walk )
  • Kokuritsu-kyogijo Sta. ( Oedo Line / 5 min. walk )
  • Kita-sando Sta. ( Fukutoshin Line / 10 min. walk )
  • [Open] 9:00 – 16:00
  • [Close] Monday, Dec. 29 – Jan. 3 *The park will open 7 days a week specially during from Mar. 24 to Apr. 25 and from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15.
  • [Entrance fee] adult: 200 yen, child: 50 yen

sakura Kamakura

Kamakura City is a beautiful and old Japanese fashioned town that established more than 800 years ago. It is also a popular place with Japanese people. Kamakura is a little far place from Tokyo. But you can trip there by local train in one day.

Kamakura Daibutsu Big Budda

Cherry blossoms are very special flowers for Japanese as a symbol of spring arrival. So, cherry blossoms forecast will be announced.

Roppongi Hills

What is Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills is a redeveloped place where is an old and crowded residential district at Roppongi. There are high-class apartments, aggressive company offices that have edges, a luxury hotel, a flagship TV station in Japan, a radio station for Tokyo, many high fashion stores and restaurants, movie theaters, a museum and an observation deck in Roppongi Hills. Above all, a big and tall building called Mori Tower is a landmark of Roppongi Hills.

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Commercial Facilities

Ordinary people can enter to commercial facilities which are outside the zone of office area. But inside of Roppongi Hills is a little complicated. Maybe you lost your way once at least. But it may be fun.

Keyakizaka Street

Keyakizaka street is a beautiful street which is through Roppongi Hills. Zelkova trees along the street are illuminated by many LED lights in winter.

Tokyo City View and Mori Museum

Tokyo City View is an observation deck in Mori Tower, and Mori Museum is a museum besides Tokyo City View. When you enter the observation deck and the museum, you need its entrance fee in sets as 1,500 Yen. Depend on the weather, you can go the roof top of Mori Tower that is the top of 53 story building with extra fee pay of 500 Yen.

Tokyo Internatinal Film Festival

Tokyo International Film Festival is held at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills and some other venues every year in autumn.

Nearest Station

Roppongi Hills is connected from Roppongi station of Hibiya Line directly underground.

These information are as at the time of posted. They may be changed after posted.

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo Big Sight is a large international convention center. It is located Ariake close Odaiba in front of Tokyo Bay. Various events and exhibitions will be held there. And it is also the goal of Tokyo Marathon every winter.

There are two large venues in Tokyo Big Sight. West Hall is an iconic building which is made up with four characteristic inverted triangles. And East Hall can be divided into up to six small venues.

This inverted triangle is the iconic building of Tokyo Big Sight.

This inverted triangle is the iconic building of Tokyo Big Sight.

How to get to Tokyo Big Sight

There are several ways to go to Tokyo Big Sight.

Yurikamome

When you go there from heart of Tokyo, the most direct way is to get on “Yurikamome” line from Shimbashi Sta. “Yurikamome” is a small train which called a new transportation system. When you get off at Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Sta., Tokyo Big Sight is in front of you.
Yurikamome

Rinkai Fukutoshin Line

The other popular way is to get on Rinkai Fukutoshin Line from Osaki Sta. When you get off at Kokusai Tenjijo Mae Sta. and walk in a few minutes, you can reach there.

Direct buses

There is also a direct bus service available from Haneda Airport. If you want to go there from Narita Airport directly, you can use a bus bound for “Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel”. You can reach near by Tokyo Big Sight.

By car

Tokyo Big Sight does not have enough capacity parking for large-scale events. Depends on size of events, you should better to go there by public transportation. If you reach there to enter to large popular events afternoon, you may have to wait for long time to enter the parking.

Ginza

  1. Ginza Sta. (Ginza Line) > Shimbashi Sta. (transfer)Shimbashi Sta. (Yurikamome) > Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Sta.
  2. Ginza 1 Chome Sta. (Yurakucho Line) > Shinkiba Sta. (transfer)Shinkiba Sta. (Rinkai Fukutoshin Line) > Kokusai Tenjijo Mae Sta.

Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro

  1. Shibuya Sta., Shinjuku Sta., Ikebukuro Sta. (JR Saikyo Line) > Kokusai Tenjijo Mae Sta. (Rinkai Fukutoshin Line) *a direct train

Haneda Airport

  1. Haneda Airport (expressway bus) > Tokyo Big Sight *go directly

Narita Airport

  1. Narita Airport (expressway bus) > Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel *go directly

Near Hotels from Tokyo Big Sight

These hotels are near by Tokyo Big Sight. And they are easy access to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea.

Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel

Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel

This is the nearest hotel. It is almost in front of Tokyo Big Sight across a road.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo Sta. of Rinkaisen.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo-seimon Sta. or Ariake Sta. of Yurikamome.

Hotel Sunroute Ariake

Hotel Sunroute Ariake

This hotel is a 5-minute walk away. This hotel and B:CONTE Ariake is in a same building.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo Sta. of Rinkaisen.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo-seimon Sta. of Yurikamome.

Residential Hotel B:CONTE Ariake

Residential Hotel B:CONTE Ariake

This hotel is a 5-minute walk away. Each room includes a fully equipped kitchen, fully furnished, tableware. Bilingual front desk service is available. This hotel and Hotel Sunroute Ariake is in a same building.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo Sta. of Rinkaisen.
3 min. walk from Kokusaitenjijo-seimon Sta. of Yurikamome.