Before Getting Out the Ticket Gate, Choose a Drink at Liquors Hasegawa.
GRANSTA, located inside the Tokyo Staion, has a liquor shop Hasegawa. It has a stand-up counter where you can drink Japanese sake.
Beer, wine, and soft drinks are nicely chilled. (Bring a cooler bag if you can.)
Take a Picnic Sheet and Meet at Tokyo Station Yaesu Basement Central Exit.
If your family has no plan on a beautiful sunny weekend and can’t think of any place to go, let’s invite your friends’ family to a picnic! Meeting spot is Tokyo Station Yaesu Basement Center Exit, and what you need is only a picnic sheet.
Just outside the exit is a candy theme park ‘Tokyo Okashi Land’. It’s a great place to kill time.
Head to ‘New Depa-Chika’, Located on the Basement Floor of Daimaru.
Expanded by 1.4 times, this food section at Daimaru Department Store has unique three zones now: ‘Depachika Sweets’ for confectionary, ‘Bento Street’ for bento (boxed lunch), and ‘Oniku-no-Hosomichi’ for meat. So, pick out our lunch here.
As a meat lover, I would like to check out their meat section first. Meat Yazawa’s bento is so appealing to me!
Well, this is it! Very luxurious ‘Kiwami Bento’ (9980 yen!) I’ve seen this on TV.
I was thinking of getting my kids ‘Hamburger Steak Bento’, which is their favorite, but then the staff recommends that I order 2 hamburber steaks without rice (2680 yen). This is actually a good choice for us because this will enable us to choose whatever we would like individually (rice, bread or others) to go with the main dish.
Next, we have a look at a sandwich shop ‘Meruhen (Marchen)’, which is located on the ‘Bento Street’. It offers ‘Bran Sour (Sourdough) Healthy Sandwiches’, the collaborative products by ‘Marunouchi Tanita Shokudo’ restaurant and Meruhen. I would love to try these!
Then, drop by Asakusa’s old confectionary shop ‘Oimoyasan (sweet potato shop) Koushin’ to get some refreshment (which is called ‘hashiyasume’ in Japanese).
Getting 250g of ‘daigaku-imo’(candied sweet potatoes), we end the food tour of Daimaru Tokyo! By the way, the syrup called ‘an’ comes with the daigakuimo separately.
Marunouchi North Gate is Easily Accessible through the Free Passage.
There is a free passage from Yaesu North Exit to Marunouchi North Exit. Tokyo Station is so complicated that not many people know that we can get to the Marunouchi North Exit without going through the ticket gate. There is a sign by the entrance of Daimaru.
The basement of the station is like a maze! So, take a map with you and check the information board, otherwise you will get lost!
On the way to the Free Passage is an area called ‘Tokyo Character Street’. I wonder what kind of shops it has.
The Jump Shop is filled with a wide variety of goods featuring popular manga works serialized in a manga magazine called Weekly Shonen Jump, such as ‘Slam Dunk’, ‘One-Piece’, ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ and others.
The official shop of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). It must be fun to drop in at.
Tomica Shop has abundant line-up of kids’ favorite miniature cars. You should know that kids probably won’t leave the store once you enter!
Plarail Shop. Interestingly, men in suits are browsing the store, too.
PreCure Shop. It’s very easy to spend too much money here, so be careful!
Oops! I spent too much time browsing the stores. Now let’s walk along the Marunouchi Free Passage.
It’s a barrier-free passage, except the stairs at the very end. When you see the sign saying ‘Marunouchi North Exit’, take the stairs on the right.
Passing through the sign, you’re almost there! The passage is just a 5-minute-walk to get to Marunouchi!
Finally at Kokyo Gaien, a Downtown Oasis.
Until now, I didn’t know there is such a beautiful lawn near Tokyo Station! Restrooms are available in this park, as it has parking areas for tour-buses nearby. It’s a perfect place for family to play with kids!
Looking back, and you’ll see Marunouchi’s skyscrapers that make me realize I’m in the heart of Tokyo! Still, the park is not crowded at all, so it’s strongly recommended!
There is a shop called ‘Kusunoki’ offering some snacks, such as ice cream cones and ‘oden’. The place seems popular among foreigners.
Everyone is doing whatever they like: some people are reading, others are taking a nap. Also, kids are running barefoot so happily. It’s just like a small Central Park!
Enjoy a Bike Ride around the Imperial Palace to Work off the Meal! (Only on Sundays)
Palace Cycling, located on Iwaida-bashi Bridge, offers free bike rentals on Sundays.
It’s not ‘Pedestrians’ Paradise’, but ‘Bikers’ Paradise’. This 3 kilometer cycling on Uchibori-dori Street is a perfect course for anyone who has a lack of exercises, since it’s not as hard as running!