INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide of Fun Things to do at Tokyo Station
First Avenue Tokyo Station is the shopping heart of the travel gateway, Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Station is always hectic, with trains travelling to 46 out of the 47 prefectures in Japan.
It’s the heart of the city so with all those people and families coming and going, you need:
- Food and Restaurants
- Coffee and Drinks
- Places to Shop for Souvenirs and Gifts.
“OMIYAGE” is the Japanese word for presents, and no respectable Japanese person would ever arrive empty handed to visit friends or family. Tokyo Station helps visitors to find the best food gifts – biscuits, cakes, traditional Tokyo food, sweets, desserts and more.
In Japan, it is a cultural norm to give gifts – to your hosts, to your friends and family when visiting, and to those you care about when you return home from a trip especially. First Avenue Tokyo Station makes it easy for everyone to pick up the perfect present.
Somewhat strangely, Tokyo Station has evolved into the dream shopping destination for souvenirs in Tokyo. Shopping in Tokyo Station can be a whole day affair, especially if you have kids in tow. They will LOVE shopping at Tokyo Station First Avenue, especially visiting the famous Character Street.
We suggest a visit, even if your train doesn’t depart from here. Make a stop on your Tokyo itinerary to enjoy all that First Avenue Tokyo Station has to offer.
- 1 First Avenue Tokyo Station Underground Shopping
- 2 Daimaru Tokyo Station
- 3 Tokyo Okashi Land & Calbee Tokyo Station
- 4 Tokyo Station Character Street
- 5 Tokyo Me + Cakes and Desserts Food Hall
- 6 Tokyo Station Ramen Street
- 7 Tokyo Station Restaurants
- 8 Tokyo Station Dessert Restaurants
- 9 Map & Tokyo Station Shopping Guide
- 10 The Inside Scoop –
- 11 Where is Tokyo Station?
- 12 How to get to Tokyo Station
- 13 Map Tokyo Station
- 14 Best Hotel Near Tokyo Station?
- 15 Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Tokyo Station Shops
- 16 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN Places to Shop in TOKYO?
- 17 Subscribe
First Avenue Tokyo Station Underground Shopping
First Avenue Tokyo Station has a number of themed shopping areas for gifts and souvenirs that the kids (and the entire family!) will adore too. You will never be stumped for what to do at Tokyo station shopping mall.
Daimaru Tokyo Station
Tokyo Okashi Land & Calbee Tokyo Station
A collaboration of the three biggest Snack and Confectionary manufacturers in Japan, Tokyo Okashi Land and Calbee Tokyo Station is the perfect spot to pick up a few boxes of your favourite Japanese treats to take home or give as gifts, and meet Kyorochan bird – the mascot for the famous Chocoball candy.
The main purpose of a visit though should be to eat a strange but delicious Japanese concoction, Potato Crisps with Chocolate Sauce AND soft serve ice cream. Weirdly, it’s SOOO good!
READ MORE: Tokyo Okashi Land and Calbee Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Station Character Street
If you’ve a favourite animated character from your childhood, or your kids are fans of Japanese anime/manga, then you MUST visit Tokyo Station Character Street.
Character Street in Tokyo Station is a shopping arcade filled with 26 individual character stores, and all their licenced/branded “paraphernalia” (in the nicest possible way.)
There’s Hello Kitty, Snoopy and Moomin of course, but also Japanese favourites such as Rilakkuma and Pokemon.
Be sure to visit the Pokemon Store Tokyo Station for all the latest Pikachu merchandise from the movie.
READ MORE: Take a sneak peek at our visit to Tokyo Station Character Street
Tokyo Me + Cakes and Desserts Food Hall
For the prettiest cakes and desserts in the most elegant of packaging, stop here.
This stylish dessert food hall is a treat for the eyes! Our tip: find the store selling the Flower Bavarois Cakes and try a petal bite-sized piece for yourselves!
Tokyo Station Ramen Street
If your kids are big noodle fans, Ramen Alley Tokyo Station for lunch or dinner is a good spot to try.
There’s ramen noodles from a whole bunch of different regional areas too, so plenty of flavour choices to choose from include pork broth, beef broth, chicken broth and seafood.
It makes my mouth water just typing that!
Tokyo Station Restaurants
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Tempura Tokyo Station
Sushi Tokyo Station
Shabu Shabu Tokyo Station
Starbucks Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station Dessert Restaurants
There’s also heaps of yummy Japanese desserts and sweet treats to try at Tokyo Station First Avenue.
Try an Angelique New York Chou Chou Baked Donut (yum!), or visit Mihashi Desserts shop.
Mihashi is a must-do if you want to try traditional Japanese sweets. (Look out for this display at the front of the store).
I worked in a number of Japanese restaurants as a teenager and there’s nothing better than a delicious “Anmitsu”, which is cubes of sweet agar jelly with sweet red beans (anko), syrup and fruit or soft ice-cream. Other winners include the popular Matcha Anmistu (Anmistu with green tea ice-cream), Kakigori shaved ice, or a Matcha Float (Green Tea Milkshake.)
If the family is feeling in need of a rest and a refreshment, make this your sweet stop. Takeaway available too.
Map & Tokyo Station Shopping Guide
The Inside Scoop –
Tokyo Station Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, 100-0005
- 10am to 8.00/8.30pm (restaurants open later.)
- Open 7 days a week.
Entry Fees: Entry to First Avenue Tokyo Station is free
Facilities at Tokyo Station
- Check the map above for locations of Information Centers, Telephones, Coin Lockers, Bathrooms and Toilets, Baggage Storage, Chemists, Convenience Stores, ATM’s and Lost and Found.
- There are baby change rooms in Tokyo Station also.
Money Exchange Tokyo Station
Where is Tokyo Station?
- First Avenue Tokyo Station is a short walk from the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and the JR Tokyo Station. Exit using the Yaesu Underground Central Exit.
How to get to Tokyo Station
Details coming soon!
Narita to Tokyo Station – the Narita Express train to Tokyo station
Shinjuku to Tokyo Station
Roppongi to Tokyo Station
Harajuku to Tokyo Station
Shibuya to Tokyo Station
Ginza to Tokyo Station
Map Tokyo Station
Best Hotel Near Tokyo Station?
If you are looking for hotels in Tokyo Station area, a nice central location for sightseeing, check our suggestions below.
Booking a Hotel in Tokyo Station area is a clever idea for anyone as it’s one of the most central, easily accessible suburbs of Tokyo, with quick direct access to most of the Tokyo tourist spots such as Ginza, Harajuku and Yoyogi Park, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya shopping, Shinjuku shopping, Akihabara electronics, Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree, and Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea.
Tokyo Station is central, so although it’s busy, basing yourself here saves you time and effort.
- Marriott Tokyo Station
- Super Hotel Tokyo Station
- Metropolitan Hotel Tokyo Station
- Marunouchi Hotel Tokyo Station
Toadstool Rating (by the kids) – Tokyo Station Shops
First Avenue Tokyo Station, strangely enough, should be a MUST-DO stop on your itinerary! You can easily spend a day in and around the centre with the kids in tow, but half a day will do if that’s all the time you have. It’s an epic Tokyo shopping day out.
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