You guys may not be surprised of this pretty known fact about Japan’s cutting edge transportation system. It’s basically all over the internet; its coolness, highly advanced and often right on time land vehicles like trains. Although the whole railway route can be really confusing for foreigners like me, train stations here are without a doubt more than just a terminal to get you somewhere.
Tokyo Station in Marunouchi district is perhaps the biggest and busiest station in Japan. Now I won’t practically go down of all the list of commuter lines of Japan Railways (JR) here because let’s face it, I am nowhere close to figuring out the route by myself. Although I do know now how to take trains here and there but there are still moments where I end up loosing my way.
Anyway, if you look at it, it doesn’t even look like a train station (more like a museum or some sort). But yes, it is and inside is incredibly polished and spacious to the fact that it has become a tourist attraction. Outside you’ll see tourist (and locals) taking photos with this grandeur in the background.
Inside the station is an underground line connecting to the Marunouchi Building across the street. Think about this as a lounging area. All floors are filled with restaurants, boutiques you name it! It maintained a sophisticated atmosphere where people lounge, shop and dine while waiting for their train schedule or just simply want to enjoy the ambiance.
So if you are in Japan (or planning to visit Japan), you might want to consider hopping into a train rather than getting a taxi. After all, taxis here are not as cheap as you might think. Buy your ticket and enjoy the maze- like route, don’t be afraid to take the wrong train and get lost because you will never know what and where you’ll end up after getting off. Bad or good, it’s an experience and I should probably say this as a self advice as well.