What to Do in Tokyo’s Marunouchi and Otemachi Neighborhood
The business district of Marunouchi is home to Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace, and several hotel chains, but the past decade has seen a big change here, as well as the neighboring area of Otemachi. And while business is still at the heart of these neighborhoods, there is now an interesting choice of restaurants, bars, and sites that make it a great place to stay (even if you aren't in town just for work). High-end shoppers, meanwhile, will be delighted to board the glass elevators that whisk them between destinations, from Diesel to Bottega Veneta, from Harrods to YSL. For things to do aside from shopping in luxury fashion boutiques, though, check out these six Marunouchi spots.
Steaming bowls of vegan noodles, piled high with crisp vegetables and savory toppings, are served in this busy ramen joint inside Tokyo Station. Diners with big appetites will need a side.
Modern, minimalist Zen stylings (indoor gardens, sliding shoji doors, handcrafted washi paper ceilings) take over the top floors of the new Otemachi Tower near the Imperial Palace. There's a wellness center featuring Japanese baths, signature sake at the bar, and traditional omotenashi service — anticipatory hospitality.
Immerse yourself in the world of Japanese tea at the Marunouchi branch of the 300-year-old tea company. Their green tea varieties are grown in Kyoto and include matcha, sencha, hojicha, and others. Stock up on your ultra-specific tea utensils here, too.
After work, it's great to unwind with a cocktail at the chic Lounge Bar Privé on the Palace Hotel Tokyo's sixth floor, in Marunouchi; order a martini and take in the skyline view.
The Japanese have always been purists — and they're going green, too. Enter Hokuroku Sousui, which carries plant-based hand soaps, herbal teas, and pillows with decorative paper cases.
An airy, multilevel complex of small-brand retailers on the former Central Post Office site opposite Tokyo Station. (Kitte means postage stamp.) Don't miss: H-Tokyo, a charming handkerchief specialist that will custom-embroider pocket squares on the spot.