This is Japan's most significant business district and home of the Imperial Palace. General Douglas MacArthur commanded his occupation troops from a district office that still exists today. But in more recent history, Marunuchi has become the epicenter of the nation's economy, with more than 25 percent of Japan's GDP coming from the few square miles of this district. Japan's top brands are sold along Naka-dori, Marunuchi's cobblestone main street. From November to February, streets in the area are decorated with nearly 1 million festive lights.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass ( before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Marunouchi