Toranomon Superguide Part 2

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Name: Toranomon

Kind: Town

Where: 1-chome, 23-1~4, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Location: 35°39’55.04″ N 139°44’46.09″ E

Station: Toranomon Sta. on the Metro Ginza Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Don’t miss it.

Last updated 8/7/2020

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Be sure to see Part 1 of this guide.

For info on how to get here, also see Part 1.

A Few More Photos

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Facing north on Rt. 405 looking at Toranomon Hills at night. Note the spotless street pavement.

There are plenty of interesting side streets in Toranomon. Feel free to wander around + explore. If you head south on Rt. 405 towards Shimbashi, there’s a lot of good food + there’s also the Avant Cycles shop on the west side of the street.

Avant Cycles shop. High-end racing bikes. A bike is a must-have in Tokyo.

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Plenty of high-end Japanese shops fill the areamany of them with astonishingly good nighttime lighting.

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Caffé Veloce has a retro 1950’s vibe – but it’s known for not having the best coffee in Tokyo. It does have some pretty decent cheap food, though – such as hot dogs for around $2.00 USD.

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Just across from the main Toranomon Hills complex is the Good Morning Cafe + Grill. It’s right on the corner and has lots of open air outdoor seating. Be sure to give it a try. There is also one in Shibuya and Harajuku.

TREX Toranomon Café

Just behind Good Morning Cafe + Grill is TREX Toranomon Café + bike shop. You can rent bikes here – or take a paid bike tour around Tokyo. The bike shop is out front, and the café is in a smaller bldg. around the back. Both definitely worth a look.

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More Good Stuff

Rt. 409 (Hibiya-Dori) which runs E-W + intersects Rt. 405 (the main street in Toranomon) has some interesting things to see + do. At the southwest corner of this intersection is The Monument of the Site of Asano Takuminokami’s death (Asano was involved in the famous medevial Japanese Legend of the 47 Ronin – which was made into a US film in 2013).

Directly across the street to the east of this is the SHINTORA-DORI CORE – a mixed used development which also has a huge coffee shop on the ground floor.

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SHINTORA-DORI CORE

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SHINTORA-DORI CORE

If you head west on Rt. 409, Ueshima Coffee Lounge No. 11 is at 35°39’45.62″ N 139°45’10.39″ E. They also have a wide variety of sandwhiches + other food. The Iwatani HQ mentioned in Part 1 is right across the street.

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Ueshima Coffee Lounge No. 11. The place is spotless. There are several of these around Tokyo – and one in Taipei also.

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Ueshima Coffee Lounge No. 11

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Rt. 409 (Hibiya-Dori) facing east. At night this is an interesting stroll. If you follow 409 far enough east for several miles, it will eventually take you to Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace.

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Stunning fall trees in Hibiya.

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Heading in the opposite direction – east – leads to this monster Family Mart + Miyamoto Drug.

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… and a Maruetsupetit organic supermarket.

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Facing south on Rt. 405 towards Shimbashi/Shiodome. Again, note the spotless pavement.

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There are all kinds of other interesting side streets/paths to explore.

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Even small side streets are usually clean + well-lit.

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Tokyo has spotless pavement – mainly because all plastic waste is collected, recycled, and plowed into new road pavement to make it rubbery + elastic so it doesn’t chip or crack. The plastic gets reused, and the country gets better roads. Brilliant. You rarely see any road gravel in Tokyo. The only downside is Japan hasn’t mastered bike lanes yet – as indicated by the double arrow + cyclist icons on the right.

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Vending machines are good for quick, cheap drinks. You can now also pay electronically via IC railway cards such as Suica in most places. Suica also supports payment via smartphone or Apple Watch.

沖縄でもSuica利用へ、国交省が仕組み導入検討 「来県者に利便性 ...

Japan’s Suica electronic rail IC card. You add money to the card, then use it at electronic turnstyles at train stations to pay your fare. You can also use them at convenience stores and most vending machines.

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Another abandoned bike in Tokyo – an all too common occurrence.

Atago Green Hills Mori Tower

Just to the west of Toranomon Hills complex is Atago Green Hills Mori Tower – another mixed-use complex worth checking out at 35°39’50.56″ N 139°44’58.20″ E. This complex includes a huge park + a nice restaurant with a view of Tokyo looking down on Tokyo Tower. The NHK Museum of Broadcasting is also here.

Zojo-ji Temple

Further to the west down Rt. 403 just south of Tokyo Tower is world-famous Zojo-ji Temple. You can easily walk to it from Toranomon.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for the Toranomon Superguide. We hope you found it useful. Enjoy your stay. You can easily spend a few days in the area and see everything. If you also want to see Shimbashi + Akasaka too, plan on a week or so for all 3. You can stay in one of the inexpensive hotels in Toranomon (such as APA), or one in Akasaka. There is also a First Cabin on a main street in Akasaka. It is conveniently located + has a Key’s Cafe embedded right inside it. There is also a Tully’s Coffee just around the corner. Or choose the very nice APA #215 Hotel Shimbashi Toranomon. If you do stay in Akasaka, be sure to check out the excellent Akasaka SACAS area.

Additional Photos

Looking east in front of Toranomon Hills.

There are lots of great restaurants and shops on the backstreets.

And some great restaurants under overpasses + between streets.

LINKS

New subway station opens near Tokyo’s Toranomon high-rise complex

SHINTORA-DORI CORE

Ueshima Coffee Lounge No. 11 @ cia.tokyo

Ueshima Coffee Lounge Taipei

Good Morning Cafe + Grill

TREX Toranomon Café

Saddle Up: Getting a Bicycle in Japan

Atago Green Hills

NHK Museum of Broadcasting

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

Zojo-ji Temple

47 Ronin

Samurai Archives Japanese History Page

VIDS

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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