|Tokyo Station, Marunouchi frontage|
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Tōkaidō Main Line
Chūō Main Line
Sōbu Main Line
|Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station|
It is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo, the busiest station in Japan in terms of number of trains per day (over 3,000), and the fifth-busiest in Eastern Japan in terms of passenger throughput. It is the starting point and terminus for most of Japan's Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, and is served by many local and regional commuter lines of Japan Railways, as well as the Tokyo Metro network.
The following lines pass through or terminate at Tokyo Station:
- JR East
- JR Central
- Tokyo Metro
It is also possible to walk to the Nijūbashimae, Hibiya, Yūrakuchō, Ginza, and Higashi-ginza Stations completely underground (the last a distance of over 2 km), but these stations can usually be reached more quickly by train.
The main station façade on the western side of the station is brick-built, surviving from the time when the station opened in 1914. The main station consists of 10 island platforms serving 20 tracks, raised above street level running in a north-south direction. The main concourse runs east-west below the platforms.
Underground are the two Sōbu/Yokosuka line platforms serving four tracks (five stories below ground level) to the west of the station; the two Keiyō Line platforms serving four tracks are four stories below ground some hundreds of meters to the south of the main station with moving walkways to serve connecting passengers.
The whole complex is linked by an extensive system of underground passageways which merge with surrounding commercial buildings and shopping centres.
Ground-level platforms 
|1, 2||■Chūō Line (Rapid)||for Shinjuku, Tachikawa and Takao|
|3||■Keihin-Tōhoku Line||for Ueno and Ōmiya|
|4||■Yamanote Line||for Ueno and Ikebukuro|
|5||■Yamanote Line||for Shinagawa and Shibuya|
|6||■Keihin-Tōhoku Line||for Kamata, and Ōfuna|
|7, 8||■Tōkaidō Line||for Yokohama, Hiratsuka, Odawara and Atami|
|9, 10||■Tōkaidō Line
|□Ltd. Express Odoriko
for Itō, Izukyū Shimoda and Shuzenji
(via Izu Kyūkō Line and Izuhakone Railway Sunzu Line)
□Ltd. Express Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto
for Izumoshi and Takamatsu
Shinkansen platforms 
|14-19||■Tōkaidō Shinkansen||for Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Hakata|
|for Sendai, Morioka and Shin-Aomori (Tōhoku Shinkansen)
Yamagata and Shinjō (Yamagata Shinkansen)
Akita (Akita Shinkansen)
|for Takasaki and Niigata (Jōetsu Shinkansen)
Nagano (Nagano Shinkansen)
Yokosuka/Sōbu Line platforms 
|Sōbu 1, 2||■Yokosuka Line||for Yokohama, Ōfuna, Kamakura, Zushi and Kurihama
□Ltd. Express Ayame and Shiosai for Kashima-Jingū and Chōshi
|Sōbu 3, 4||■Sōbu Line (Rapid)||for Kinshichō, Funabashi, Chiba
□Ltd. Express Narita Express for Narita Airport (via Narita Line)
Keiyō Line platforms 
|Keiyō 1, 2||■Keiyō Line||for Shin-kiba, Maihama, Kaihin-Makuhari, Soga
□Ltd Express Sazanami and Wakashio
for Tateyama (via Uchibō Line) and Awa-Kamogawa (via Sotobō Line)
|■Musashino Line||for Nishi-Funabashi and Fuchū-Hommachi|
|Keiyō 3, 4||■Keiyō Line||for Shin-Kiba, Maihama, Kaihin-Makuhari, Soga|
|■Musashino Line||for Nishi-Funabashi and Fuchū-Hommachi|
Tokyo Metro platforms 
|1||○Marunouchi Line||for Ginza, Shinjuku and Ogikubo|
|2||○Marunouchi Line||for Ōtemachi and Ikebukuro|
Adjacent stations 
|Chūō Line (Rapid)|
|Yokosuka Line / Sōbu Line Rapid|
|Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-17)|
|Ginza (M-16)||-||Ōtemachi (M-18)|
In 1889, a Tokyo municipal committee drew up plans for an elevated railway line connecting the Tōkaidō Main Line terminal at Shinbashi to the Nippon Railway (now Tōhoku Main Line) terminal at Ueno. The Imperial Diet resolved in 1896 to construct a new station on this line called Central Station (中央停車場 Chūō Teishajō ), located directly in front of the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
Construction was delayed due to the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War, but finally commenced in 1908. The three-story station building was designed by architect Tatsuno Kingo (who also designed Manseibashi Station and the nearby Bank of Japan building) as a restrained celebration of Japan's costly victory in the Russo-Japanese War. The building is often rumored to be fashioned after Amsterdam's main station, although there is little evidence to support the opinion. Terunobu Fujimori, a scholar of Western architecture, denies the rumor, having studied Tatsuno's styles as well as the building itself.
Tokyo Station opened on December 20, 1914 with four platforms; two serving electric trains (current Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku Line platforms) and two serving non-electric trains (current Tōkaidō Line platforms). The Chūō Main Line extension to the station was completed in 1919 and originally stopped at the platform now used by northbound Yamanote/Keihin-Tōhoku trains. During this early era, the station only had gates on the Marunouchi side, with the north side serving as an exit and the south side serving as an entrance.
Much of the station was destroyed in B-29 firebombing on May 25, 1945. The bombing shattered the impressive rooftop domes. The station was quickly rebuilt within the year, but simple angular roofs were built in place of the domes, and the restored building was only two stories tall instead of three.
The Yaesu side was also rebuilt following the war, but the rebuilt structure was damaged by fire in 1949, and the Yaesu side was then significantly upgraded with a contemporary exterior and large Daimaru department store. The new Yaesu side facilities opened in 1953, including two new platforms for Tōkaidō Main Line services (now used by Shinkansen trains). Two more platforms opened in 1964 to accommodate the first Shinkansen services. The Yaesu side was partially rebuilt again in 1991 to accommodate the Shinkansen extension from Ueno.
From July 1987 to 2000 there were a series of regular free public concerts held in Tokyo station. Referred to as "Tokyo Eki Kon" (Tokyo Station Concerts) they were first held as a celebration of the launch of Japan Railways Group as the privatized successor to the state-owned Japanese National Railways. 246 concerts were performed but the popularity waned and the last one was held in November 2000. The event returned in 2004 as the "Aka Renga (Red Brick) Concerts", and held 19 times, but after redevelopment of the station started in earnest the concerts were suspended once again. In 2012, as the reconstruction approached its end, there were calls for the concerts to be held again.
The Tokyo Station complex is currently undergoing extensive development, which include major improvements to the Marunouchi (west) and Yaesu (east) sides of the station. The Marunouchi side underwent an extensive 5-year renovation which was completed in October 2012. The historic 98-year-old Marunouchi side of the station was restored to pre-war condition. The bombing of Tokyo during World War II caused extensive damage to the Tokyo Station building, shattering the domes which originally adorned the rooftops of the building. Angular rooftops intended to be temporary replaced the domes, but remained until the renovations. The surrounding area converted into a broad plaza extending into a walkway toward the Imperial Palace, with space for bus and taxi ranks. On the Yaesu side, the current multi-story exterior will be replaced by a much lower structure with a large canopy covering outdoor waiting and loading areas, and will connect the newly built GranTokyo North and South Towers at both ends. The high rise office towers will provide additional access to and from the station, and include multi-story shopping areas which will contribute to the station complex. This project is due to be fully complete by 2013.
Proposed developments 
There are plans to build a spur from the nearby Toei Asakusa Line, which would provide Tokyo Station a second direct connection to the subway network, and also possibly provide faster connections from the station to Tokyo's airports, Haneda and Narita.
Passenger statistics 
In fiscal 2010, Tokyo Station was used by an average of 381,704 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).
Surrounding area 
- Tokyo Imperial Palace
- Marunouchi Oazo
- Marunouchi Building
- Shin-Marunouchi Building
- Tokyo Central Post Office (closed)
- Tokyo International Forum
- Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Other stations within walking distance of Tokyo station include the following.
- Ōtemachi Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line, Toei Mita Line)
- Hatchōbori Station (Keiyō Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
- Nihombashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line, Toei Asakusa Line)
- Mitsukoshimae Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line)
- Shin-Nihombashi Station (Sōbu Line Rapid)
- Nijūbashimae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
- Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Toei Mita Line)
- Yūrakuchō Station (Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line)
- Ginza-itchome Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
- Kyōbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
- Takarachō Station (Toei Asakusa Line)
See also 
- "各駅の乗車人員" (in Japanese). East Japan Railway Company.
- Kenchiku Tantei Uten Kekkō (建築探偵 雨天決行; "Architecture Detective, Rain or Shine"), Terunobu Fujimori, ISBN 978-4-02-261179-6
- Nakata, Hiroko, "Tokyo Station's Marunouchi side restored to 1914 glory", Japan Times, 23 October 2012, p. 3
- Ushijima, Kota Fans want encore of 'dreamy' Tokyo Station concerts The Daily Yomiuri October 1, 2012 Retrieved on October 2, 2012
- An Interview with the President on JR East website, retrieved 2009-05-13
- "各駅の乗車人員 （2010年度）" [Station passenger boarding figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
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- JR East map of Tokyo Station (English)
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- Tokyo Station (JR Central) (Japanese)
- Tokyo Station (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)