This post is continued from Trip to Tohoku and Nagano in 2013 winter – Part 1, from Narita airport to Ueno.
After I stored my suitcase in the coin operated locker, I walked around Tokyo station. First of all, I wanted to see Tokyo station Marunouchi side. The above picture is exactly I wanted to see. This heritage building had been completed to restore in last October. A part of this building was open as high-end hotel, Tokyo Station Hotel.
Marunouchi side used to be office area. But now several Marunouchi buildings have lots of shops and restaurants. When you go to Imperial Palace, you can access there from Marunouchi side. You may drop by this area.
Then I moved to another side, Yaesu exit.
Whenever I get on a train at Tokyo station, I drop by one of major department store, Daimaru (大丸) department store to grab some foods. Daimaru is one of major department stores in Japan.
Before you get on the train, you can get some foods in the station and even at the platform. Some trains have on-board sales. But most of delicatessens are owned by high-end restaurant, hotels and specialized shops, such as Japanese sweets, fresh seafood and local meat. So basically foods are much more tasty and price is not so expensive.
Of course you can finish to eat before boarding. But I want to eat and drink on board. Even though I don’t know why, taste is much better when I ate in the train. If you agree with me, shop some foods at department store may be one of your choice.
If you need other information about Tokyo station, such as transfer, platform and trucks information, please check the post, Tokyo station guide. How to change the trains, Shinkansen, Narita Express and other local trains.