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Opened in 1914, Tokyo Station is Japan's main train station and has been undergoing major renovations. The red brick station building on the Marunouchi side has been restored with the original roof domes.
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Tokyo Station unveiled its fully-restored Marunouchi building on Oct. 1, 2012 after taking several years. To appreciate the extent of this splendid restoration, I've included photos of what it looked like before.
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Tokyo Station has two main entrances/exits: Marunouchi and Yaesu. Both sides are undergoing a major transformation.
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Tokyo Station's Marunouchi North entrance in Oct. 2012. Lot of people were there gazing and taking pictures of the restored building.
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The Marunouchi side has the classic red brick building, and the Yaesu side has a modern building housing Daimaru Dept. Store. Tokyo Station sign at Marunouchi entrance
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Both the Marunouchi and Yaesu sides have three main entrances/exits at the north (Kita-guchi), center (Chuo-guchi), and south (Minami-guchi) ends. Tokyo Station platform sign
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Old Tokyo Station, Marunouchi side. On the left end is the North Entrance under a dome roof, and on the right end is the South Entrance also under a dome roof. Both dome roofs were damaged during World War II, and were repaired with slat-style roofs.
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The new Tokyo Station with original domes restored. See more before and after photos below.
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi side. This side faces the Imperial Palace and the Otemachi business district.
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Tokyo Station, red brick building. The large center entrance also has a dome, but it is not used. The center entrance for the public is off to the left side (very small). 赤レンガビル
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi North Entrance dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi North Entrance dome in Oct. 2012.
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Area in front of Tokyo Station, Marunouchi side
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi South Entrance
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Twin towers on Yaesu side overlook the red brick building.
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Center of red brick building, what should be the central entrance.
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Driveway to central entrance.
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Tokyo Station Gallery entrance on left, and the Chuo-guchi central entrance's small canopy at the center.
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Central Entrance. What should be the station's largest entrance is like a mouse hole and easily missed.
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Central Entrance
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Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Central Exit
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Closeup of red brick wall
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Tokyo Station Stationmaster Office
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Tokyo Station Gallery entrance. This gallery has temporarily closed and will reopen in 2011.
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Tokyo Station Hotel and Marunouchi South Entrance. This hotel has temporarily closed and will reopen in 2011.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance in 2007. 東京駅丸の内南口
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance in Oct. 2012. 東京駅丸の内南口
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance 東京駅丸の内南口
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Inside Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance in 2007. 東京駅丸の内南口
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Inside Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance in Oct. 2012. Hordes of people gawking and taking photos. 東京駅丸の内南口
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The renovated domes have become a major tourist attraction.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance dome in Oct. 2012.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance dome in Oct. 2012.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance center point under the dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance 東京駅丸の内北口
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance in Oct. 2012. 東京駅丸の内北口
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance center point under the dome in Oct. 2012.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome in Oct. 2012.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome in Oct. 2012.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance dome has paint peeling off. A net catches the paint.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance in 2007.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance in Oct. 2012.
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Passage to Yaesu side from Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Underground Marunouchi Central Entrance
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance underground passage to Otemachi Station and locomotive wheels. Behind it is a room for smokers.
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Statue in front of red brick building.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi North Entrance in 1997.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi side
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Maru-biru building in 1997.
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Maru-biru building in 2006.
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Imperial Palace in the distance
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Kitte Bulding (Central Post Office)
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Lookout deck in Kitte Building
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Hato bus
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Map of Tokyo Station area
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New Tokyo Station structures on the Yaesu side.
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Daimaru Department Store on Yaesu side.
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JR Expressway Bus terminal at Tokyo Station
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Yanmar building on right.
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Tokaido shinkansen entrance
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Lockers
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Daimaru entrance
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Old Tokyo Station sign on the Yaesu side (old Daimaru Dept. Store).
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Tokyo Station's old Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store) and new North Tower.
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store) and North Tower 東京駅八重洲
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store) and North Tower
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Built in the mid-1950s, Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store) 東京駅八重洲中央口
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store)
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance (Daimaru Dept. Store) and South Tower
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance
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Future plans for Yaesu side
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Top floor of Daimaru Dept. Store
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Yaesu Daimaru Dept. Store
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Yaesu Daimaru Dept. Store, to be torn down. 大丸デパート
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In fall 2008, they started to build scaffolding around the old Daimaru Dept Store building on the Yaesu side. By this time, the building was empty.
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By March 2009, the old Daimaru building was being demolished while totally hidden from view. We could still walk below the structure to enter the station.
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By Sept. 2009, over half of the old Daimaru building was well removed.
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I shall miss the old Daimaru Dept. Store.
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Central Entrance 東京駅八重洲中央口
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Central Entrance 東京駅八重洲中央口
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Train ticket machines
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Train line map and fares in English
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Central Entrance 東京駅八重洲中央口改札
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Tokyo Station Central corridor
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Tokyo Station Tokaido Shinkansen Yaesu Central Entrance 東京駅新幹線八重洲中央口
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Corridor on Yaesu side
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In front of Tokyo Station Yaesu Entrance
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Tokyo Station Yaesu South Entrance 東京駅八重洲南口
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Tokyo Station Yaesu South Entrance 東京駅八重洲南口
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Tokyo Station Yaesu South Entrance 東京駅八重洲南口
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Tokyo Station Shinkansen Yaesu South Entrance
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Coin-operated lockers コインロッカー
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Railway police
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Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Entrance 東京駅 日本橋口
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Tokyo Station Yaesu North Entrance is where long-distance buses drop you off. (Not a boarding bus stop.) The Yaesu South Entrance is where you board long-distance buses.
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Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Entrance 東京駅 日本橋口
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Inside Tokyo Station's Nihonbashi Entrance, completely different from before. Starbucks on the right.
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Inside Tokyo Station Yaesu North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Yaesu North Entrance
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Tokyo Station Yaesu North Entrance passage to Marunouchi side
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Shinkansen Yaesu North Entrance 東京駅新幹線八重洲北口
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Shinkansen ticket office
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Shinkansen ticket office. Faster to buy tickets at the ticket machine.
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Shinkansen ticket machines for today's trains.
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Entrance to Tokaido shinkansen tracks. 新幹線
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Entrance to Tohoku and Joetsu shinkansen tracks.
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Signs point you to the shinkansen tracks.
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Going to Tokaido shinkansen tracks.
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Tokyo Station Tokaido shinkansen tracks
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Tokyo Station Tokaido shinkansen platform
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Tokyo Station Tokaido shinkansen platform with signs in English for departing trains.
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Markings on train platform for standing in line to board.
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Waiting for a shinkansen train.
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Trash bins on train platform. See-through for better security.
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Shinkansen trains
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Fastest shinkansen train, Nozomi. Also see the shinkansen video at YouTube.
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Many more women work on trains.
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Nozomi shinkansen model
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Concourse
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Stairs and escalator to Yamanote Line platform
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