No matter how long I live in Tokyo I still can’t pass through Marunouchi and the Tokyo Station area without going up to the fifth floor balcony on Marubiru and taking a photo of one of my favorite Tokyo views! The work on the station building is coming along nicely, I really love this fantastic piece of architecture! While up there I also got a few snaps of close ups of the surrounding. The taxi area was pretty crowded as usual, but I am sure, this being Japan, that they have some sort of fair system in place. If you’re in the area, I really recommend catching this view!
With news a couple of days ago that Tokyo Sky Tree was finally completed (two months late due to the earthquake last year) I was happy to see that Tokyo Station is also getting nearer completion. I haven’t been here for a couple of months but when I passed through the area yesterday I took a few minutes off to see the station from above, at Marubiru, 5th floor. Compare if you wish, with my post in December with a similar view but during the night. Can’t wait to see when it is completed and those terrible construction depots are moved away
One of my favorite buildings in Tokyo, and hence in Japan, is the old Tokyo Station. Originally designed by Japan’s star architect Tatsuo Kingo 1908-1914 it is currently undergoing massive renovation. When I first came to Japan the building was quite old and neglected so I am really excited to see what it will look like once the construction of the Marunouchi side of the station is complete sometime in March 2012 (according to the schedule, but I have heard that it is going to be delayed). It was a three story building before 1945 but American fire bombings destroyed the entire roof and most of the uppermost floor. The present renovations will restore the building to what it looked like before the war, finally. Here’s a photo I took a couple of months ago from the Marunouchi Building opposite the station and I added an old post card, courtesy of Wikipedia to show what the station looked like, probably in the 1920’s. Tokyo station is the busiest station in Japan in terms of trains, over 3000 per day, including the bullet trains, the Shinkansen. The station right now looks most like something wrapped in sheets by Christo!