New Hibiya

Name: New Hibiya

Kind: Subterranean Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°40’22.94″ N 139°45’37.03″ E

Station: Yurakucho Station, JR Yamanote Line, Yurakucho Station/ | Tokyo Metro Line, Ginza Station – Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Station, Hibiya Line

Worth it? A must-see.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Updated 8/18/2021

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New Hibiya is an underground, little-known vast complex of shopping, stores, food, passageways, and other venues underneath Tokyo’s city streets stretching from Hibiya on the west and all the way to Ginza Six on the east. The labyrinth runs for blocks and it’s easy to get lost.

But it’s definitely worth a look.

As part of the train renovations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the entire underground complex has been totally rebuilt + refurbished. You can easily spend an entire day or more here and not see it all. Best of all, it’s right in the middle of Tokyo.

Many people don’t know all this even exists under the streets.

Be sure to see our other post on Hibiya itself – the above-ground district just southeast of the Imperial Palace.

Access

To get into New Hibiya, you can either enter on the east from any one of the underground portals around or in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya (the centerpiece of which is Hibiya Mitsui Tower), or from any one of the Metro Ginza subway portals around Ginza/Yurakucho. If you use Yurakucho Station, Hibiya will be to your southwest and Ginza to your east.

You can also enter in the basement of Tokyu Plaza Ginza around 35°40’20.19″ N 139°45’44.82″ E.

As the Metro map shows, Ginza Station itself is a vast underground maze of staggering size. There are 3 different Metro lines in the station, and New Hibiya wraps all around the entire station and to Hibiya to the west. Note that there is no one central street-level Ginza Station – the entire thing is underground.

The Hibiya area itself is just east of Hibiya Park, and Ginza is just to the southeast.

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/ginza/index.html

A Maze of Underground Tunnels

New Hibiya isn’t just one complex – it’s several – all connected by fully modernized tunnels, lights, station platforms, stairs, escalators, and shopping. It’s a dazzling display of light, sound, and things to do. You’ll feel like you’re in a science fiction movie.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for now. If you’re in the area, pop down into New Hibiya and prepare to be astonished.

Heading down from a street portal into the subway tunnels.

Older pre-modernized subway passages.

Modernized Metro Marunouchi entrance underground.

The basement entrance to Tokyu Plaza.

Modernized Metro Ginza entrance underground.

Ticketing machines.

Get ready to climb stairs – everywhere.

A view at street-level in Hibiya.

Metro portal on the left in Hibiya.

Another Metro portal at street-level.

LINKS

Hibiya – Tokyo’s Elegant Walk

Metro Ginza subway

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for Shibuya, Ginza and Asakusa

December 30, 2018 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, in 1927.

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Hibiya – Tokyo’s Elegant Walk

Name: Hibiya

Kind: Town/City

Location: 35°40’27.73″ N 139°45’45.92″ E

Station: Otemachi Station on Toyko Metro Subway or Hibya Station (Chiyoda Line, Hibiya Line).

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Absolutely do not miss it, no matter what.

Last Updated: 2/2/21

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Hibiya is a small area of eastern Tokyo sandwhiched south of the Maronuchi/Imperial Palace area, but north of Shimbashi to the south. Ginza is just to the east.

The main street is called Hibiya Dori or Rt. 409. Hibiya is home to many very upscale hotels, restaurants, and shops. There is also a huge park – Hibiya Park – just on the west side of Hibiya Dori with dazzling gardens, lakes, an open-air concert hall, and several public tennis courts. There is also a Metro subway station – Hibiya Station – on the Hibiya Line and Chiyoda Line. If you’re looking for a good hostel, you can check out https://wiseowlhostels.com/tokyo/ just across from Hatchobori Station on the Hibiya Line just to the east.

WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO 3-22-9 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5541-2960 Fax: 03-5541-2961
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line・Keiyo Line「Hatchobori station」
30-sec walk from B1 or A1 Exit.

A great stroll or bike ride can be had from approx. 35°40’17.74″ N 139°45’23.26″ E all the way north to the Imperial Palace along Hibiya Dori Ave. There are epic hotels, glittering shops, and endless restaurants. In the evening in particular, this makes a great little diversion. At the very north end near the Imperial Palace is the upscale Tokyo Midtown Hibiya shopping + dining complex.

A quick turn to the right (east) a few blocks south of the Imperial Palace Moat takes you right into Yurakucho Station and Ginza on the JR and Yurakucho lines. There is also a jumbo-sized Tully’s Coffee with free charging ports right across from the moat at ground level on the street. The small stone sentry towers on the street corners around the moat date all the way back to the 1600’s and are popular spots for wedding photos.

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Tokyo Midtown Hibiya doesn’t disappoint.

You can also also get here from Akasaka by heading west and then turning south near the old Ministry of Justice bldg.

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The Old Ministry of Justice Bldg. just north of Hibiya.

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From the Old Ministry of Justice Bldg. head south along the moat. The Imperial Palace is out of view on the left. Hibiya is straight ahead.

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Turn left for an epic walk along Hibiya Dori.

If you go just a little further north, you can turn right into Tokyo Station 2 blocks to the east. Just to the north are more luxurious hotels, and another small park.

Hotels to the north of the Imperial Palace. A 17th century stone sentry post is on the left.

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Imperial Palace just north of Hibiya.

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A small park between Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station.

Well, that’s it. Enjoy exploring and walking around Hibiya. There’s lots of great stuff to see and do here. Here’s a Metro subway map:

Additional Photos

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiya

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

Hibiya Park’s fountains

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