Yurakucho (literally translating to “there is fun in this town”) is not kidding around when it comes to the namesake.
Conveniently located within a five minutes walk of the popular high-class shopping district of Ginza and within 10 minutes of Tokyo station, Yurakucho is one of the busier stops along the Yamanote Line. The area is brewing with a mix of students outfitted in their school uniforms, salarymen, shoppers and commuters.
Begin your exploration at the large Bic Camera located next to the station — a brightly-lit hub for for shoppers looking to pick up the latest in electronic goods. Nearby you’ll find the Marui department store, which stocks a mixture of Japanese and international brands. Right next door is another department store, Lumine, that does, well, pretty much the same thing.
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The station is also located just two blocks away from the elegantly designed Hibiya Park.
Do not leave Yurakucho without paying a visit to one of the many Japanese-style yattai (outdoor food stands), drinking bars, izakayas and restaurants that are all wedged against each other underneath the railway tracks, extending out in multiple directions. The endless options to choose from make it especially favored by Japanese salarymen as a popular hangout after work — and therefore an excellent place to make local friends.
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The DN Tower 21 building, stationed across the moat from the Imperial Palace, was actually the headquarters of Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers under Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan after World War II.