Tokyo Station’s Best Rice Bowl & Noodle Dishes as Voted by Commuters
Tokyo Station and surrounding facilities are currently holding the “Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019” tournament from October 7 to November 24 to find out people’s favourite rice bowl and noodle dishes at the station.
The past three tournaments have focused only on rice bowls, but this year sees the introduction of noodles too, with past restaurants in Kitchen Street and GRANSTA competing once again as well as new ones in ecute Tokyo and KITTE for a total of 13 participating station areas. 92 dishes are in the line-up, the biggest list to date.
The current rankings for the rice bowl and noodle categories have finally been unveiled, so let’s take a look at the Top 3 of each to see which is leading the race.
Category Is: Rice Bowl
Ultimate Japanese Spiny Lobster Bowl – ¥2,200 (Tax Included) @ Tsukiji Sushiko (GRANSTA Marunouchi)
Tsukiji Sushiko was the victory of last year’s grand prix. This year, they’ve whipped up a hearty seafood bowl made with a whole Japanese spiny lobster and 11 other delicious critters from the ocean.
Premium Wagyu & Uni Otsukimi Date – ¥2,530 (Tax Included) @ Uniya no Amagokoro (Kitchen Street)
Served with sliced premium brand wagyu, this bowl is topped with uni sea urchin eggs and ikura salted salmon roeーa luxurious combination you won’t find anywhere else.
Ura Ooedo Tempura Bowl – ¥1,800 (Tax Included) @ Tenkiyo (Grand Roof)
This is an alternate version of the restaurant’s famous Ooedo Tempura Bowl, served with delicious tempura.
Category Is: Noodles
MISO JIRO – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Style Miso Ramen Do Miso (KITTE GRANCHE)
A super-filling bowl piled with pork char siu and a mountain of vegetables.
Lanzhou Wagyu Noodles – ¥950 (Tax Included) @ Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles
Authentic Lanzhou ramen served by the Halal-certified Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles, customers can choose between nine different thicknesses for their noodles to satisfy their palate.
Dehydrated Hamburger Bolognese – ¥1,190 (Tax Included) @ HAMBURG WORKS
Enjoy the full flavour of the hamburger meat made from Japanese black wagyu beef and served with pasta.
Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re looking to eat while travelling through Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019
Running: October 7, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Locations: Kitchen Street, Kurobei Yokocho, Kitamachi Dining, Grand Roof, Grand Roof Front, GranAge, GRANSTA, GRANSTA Marunouchi, KITTE, ecute Tokyo, ecute Keiyo Street
Participating Restaurants: 91
Menu Items: 92 (79 of which are exclusive to Tokyo Station)
Tokyo Station Hotel to Offer Accommodation Plan in Conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Starting on October 8, Tokyo Station Gallery will begin the 150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition. To celebrate the opening of the event, Tokyo Station Hotel will begin offering a special lodging plan which includes a special ticket for entry starting September 15.
2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Japan’s first railroad. The exhibition will look back at the history of railroads from their inception in 1872 to the present day, and will also feature modern and contemporary Japanese art.
Over 150 works will be on display, from oil paintings to photographs. The exhibition will also include Kawanabe Kyosai’s Jigoku Gokuraku Meguri-zu and Utagawa Hiroshige’s masterwork Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama. The train headmark was designed by Katsuhiko Hibino in 2021.
The accommodation plan will include a special tour held on the morning of check-out day before the gallery opens to the public. Visitors can enjoy the exhibition in depth while listening to explanations by the curators who planned the exhibition. After the tour, visitors can enjoy the exhibition again. The special ticket features Utagawa Hiroshige’s painting Steam Train Running Along the Shore at Yokohama and is perfect as a souvenir.
Enjoy a rare moment surrounded by the historic architecture of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Station Building and immerse yourself in the history of the railroad.
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition Room Plan
Available: October 14 – December 23, 2022
Reservation Period: September 15, 12:00 – December 23
Official Site: https://www.tokyostationhotel.jp/
150th Anniversary of Railway in Japan Exhibition
Running: October 8, 2022 – January 9, 2023
*Please check the official website for closure dates.
Venue: Tokyo Station Gallery
Official Site: https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/
Chiikawa Store to Open for Limited Time on Tokyo Character Street
From August 19 until September 1, a special Chiikawa shop will open on Tokyo Character Street, located inside Tokyo Station!
Chiikawa is a popular character first revealed by Japanese illustrator Nagano on Twitter. The artist’s creations have become massively popular, with Nagano’s follower count on social media reaching over 1.2 million fans. From collaboration cafes and exhibitions to a recent anime series, the sky’s the limit for these adorable characters!
Purchase Bonus: Holographic Card (6 varieties, random) *Not for Sale
Bonus for Guests Spending ¥3,300 (Including Tax): Heart Fan *Not for Sale
Bonus for Guests Spending ¥8,800 (Including Tax): Bath Towel (2 varieties) *Not for Sale
*Available while supplies last.
At this limited-time Magical Chikawa shop, fans can find exclusive products featuring new illustrations, as well as special purchase bonuses and commemorative stamps for guests!
©nagano / chiikawa committee
Popular Character Shirotan Inspires Limited-Time Store at First Avenue Tokyo Station
Tokyo Character Street, located within First Avenue Tokyo Station, has opened a special pop-up shop dedicated to the popular character Shirotan! The store will be open until May 26, 2022.
Shirotan, an adorable harp seal, represents “comfort, healing, encouragement, and connectedness.”
Aiming to cover Tokyo Station in this cute and inspiring character, the pop-up shop isn’t the only Shirotan appearance going on. Those strolling from the Nozomi Plaza in front of the Yaesu Underground Central Exit ticket gate towards Character Street will see Shirotan covering the walls, welcoming guests.
In addition to standard Shirotan products, fans can also grab 17 brand-new items being sold exclusively at the pop-up shop.
The book Welcome to Shirotan’s World will be available on July 7, so be sure to preorder!
Shirotan’s Fluffy Store
Address: First Avenue Tokyo Station (1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Open: May 13 – May 26, 2022
Hours: 10:00AM – 8:30PM (Closing at 6:00PM on May 26, 2022)
Chibi Maruko-chan 35th Anniversary Pop-up Shop Coming to First Avenue Tokyo Station
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Chibi Maruko-chan, the Momoko Sakura Pop-up Shop will open from March 18 to March 31, 2022, at Ichiban Plaza on Tokyo Character Street in the First Avenue Tokyo Station mall.
The Chibi Maruko-chan manga series began in 1986, and was serialized in the popular shojo manga magazine Ribon until 2018. Written by Momoko Sakura, it tells the everyday life of the third-grade troublemaker Maruko and her family. The series is set in the Irie district in Shimizu, now a part of Shizuoka City, where Momoko Sakura was born.
About 40 never-before-seen items will be available at the shop with new illustrations by Momoko Sakura. From stationary to accessories, fans of the series shouldn’t miss it!
Momoko Sakura Pop-up Shop
Running: March 18 – March 31, 2022
Address: First Avenue Tokyo Station, Tokyo Character Street B1, Ichiban Plaza (1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp
Vintage Furniture Exhibition ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ to Open at Three Venues Including MUJI HOTEL GINZA
Ryohin Keikaku, which operates the interior design brand IDÉE, will open the ‘Life in Art: Tokyo Modernism 2022’ exhibition from February 25 until April 10, 2022. Vintage stores and galleries from all over Japan that deal mainly with furniture from the 1940s to 1960s will come together to introduce audiences to exquisite designs from around the world. Shinichiro Nakahara and Takahiro Goko have organized the exhibition in an effort to spread the word about modern design in the golden age. The exhibition will be held in three parts, beginning with a showing at ATELIER MUJI GINZA and continuing to an auction at IDÉE Tokyo. The final exhibition will be held at MUJI HOTEL GINZA.
This exhibition is composed of items from a number of unique galleries and stores. Intended to promote the beauty of mid-century vintage furniture and interior design, each piece will be introduced alongside stories from the original designers.
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Store owners, creators, and artists participating in TOKYO MODERNISM 2022 will be auctioning off a selection of unique chairs during this unique event.
About 30 galleries and vintage shops from around Japan will transform the guest rooms on the 7th and 8th floors of MUJI HOTEL GINZA into stores for this special show. This is the main event and will gather together masterpieces of modern design from the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia, and Japan.
Life in Art “TOKYO MODERNISM 2022”
Running: February 25 – April 10, 2022
Address: ATELIER MUJI GINZA (Muji Ginza 6F / 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Modernism Auction #Chairs
Part 1: February 25 – March 16, 2022
Part 2: March 18 – April 10, 2022
Address: IDÉE TOKYO (Square Zero Area #48, B1F, Gransta Tokyo inside the ticket gates of JR Tokyo Station)
Running: April 7 – April 10, 2022
Address: MUJI HOTEL GINZA 7F/8F Guest Rooms (3-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
April 7, 17:00-20:00 / ¥5,000 (Tax Included) *Preview
April 8-9, 11:00-20:00 / ¥3,000 (Tax Included)
April 10, 11:00-17:00 / ¥2,000 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://www.idee-lifeinart.com/
Tokyo Gift Palette at Tokyo Station Selling Seasonal Strawberry Sweets
Tokyo Gift Palette, located near the Yaesu North Gate at Tokyo Station, offers a wide selection of unique souvenirs. From December 26, 2021 until January 11, 2022, the location will be holding the Exciting New Year’s Fair, with the Strawberry Sweets Fair coming soon after from January 5 until January 25, 2022.
Konigs-Krone Luxury ‘Strawberry Parfait’
Patisserie Ginza Sembikiya ‘Strawberry Omelet’
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Strawberry Parfait’
*Only available at Tokyo Gift Palette
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Reward Parfait ~Strawberry & Chestnut~
Strawberry Shop by FRANCAIS ‘Fresh Strawberry Milk Cake’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Strawberry Daifuku’
Oosumi Tamaya ‘Chinese New Year Daifuku’
Tokyo Kaikan ‘Chocolate & Orange Tart’
Paq & Mog Terrace ‘Calbee and Tokyo Banana Bonito & Kelp Umami Dashi Potato Chips
The New Year’s Fair will feature cute cakes and sweets inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, along with traditional Japanese goods. The Strawberry Sweets Fair will see a number of popular goodies on sale, including desserts that won top prizes in the ‘Favorite Fruit Survey’ conducted by Tokyo Gift Palette on Instagram in June 2021.
Exciting New Year’s Fair
Running: December 26, 2021 – January 11, 2022
Strawberry Sweets Fair
Running: January 5 – January 25, 2022
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021 Event to Illuminate the City’s Marunouchi Area
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East Japan Railway and Mitsubishi Estate Company are teaming up for Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021, a special light-up event being held at Tokyo Station from December 14 until December 25. This year’s theme is ‘Scenery at Dawn,’ and was inspired by the phrase ‘after the night comes the day.’ 2021 was another difficult year for people around the world, and this event signifies the dawn of a new era.
The Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, the trees in the Station Square, and the trees along Gyoko-Dori Avenue will all be decorated with lights that gradually change color. Hopefully, 2022 will be an easier year!
2021 Event Theme: ‘Scenery at Dawn’
After all of the hardships of the year, Christmas 2021 will be the dawn of a new era.
Tokyo will give citizens and guests a beautiful moment illuminated with the morning sunlight.
Tokyo Michi Terrace 2021
Running: December 14 – December 25, 2021
Location: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Square, Gyoko-Dori Avenue
*Event period, hours, and contents are subject to change.
*Content may be altered or canceled due to various circumstances.
Enjoy Kyoto Vegan Ramen Among teamLab’s Artwork in Tokyo with New Store
teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM, located in Toyosu, Tokyo, have completed the refurbishment of their outdoor food stand, opening Vegan Ramen UZU Tokyo on October 8 2021. The new shop allows customers to eat vegan ramen from Kyoto in a new art space from teamLab. In addition, the teamLab Flower Shop & Art will be opening, a shop where customers can purchase orchids previously used in one of the group’s art pieces to take home with them.
Vegan Ramen Flower (Cool): ¥1,980 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Tea: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Soy Sauce: ¥1,320 (Tax Incl.)
Vegan Ramen Miso (Spicy): ¥1,320 (Tax Incl.)
Newly Released Works
Reversible Rotation – Non-Objective Space, teamLab, 2021
Table of Sky and Fire, teamLab Architects, 2021
Floating Flower Garden: Flower, Myself and Cognate, Garden and Myself as One
teamLab Planets Original Tote Bag
The menu at Vegan Ramen UZU uses no animal products like meat or fish, instead condensing the taste of vegetables into a delicious ramen that you can enjoy in a space designed by teamLab. Vegan Ramen UZU Kyoto first opened in March 2020 to great popularity, with many customers queuing for over an hour to get inside the store.
At the new Tokyo store, customers can enjoy a bowl of vegan ramen while enjoying teamLab’s latest art installations, the Non-Objective Space and the Table of Sky and Fire.
Not only that, you can also take home some of the orchids used in the Floating Flower Garden: Flower, Myself and Cognate, Garden and Myself as One exhibit that was held from July 2, along with a section of teamLab merchandise such as stickers, patches, postcards, and more, at the newly opened teamLab Flower Shop & Art store.
Look forward to tasting this healthy ramen while immersed in an artistic space!
Tokyo Revengers Characters Speak Local Dialects on New Posters Across Tokyo Station
Starting September 13, characters from the popular anime series Tokyo Revengers are taking over Tokyo Station in a unique new poster campaign! In addition to one main poster featuring all main characters, 47 local posters–one for each Japanese prefecture–are being displayed throughout the massive train station, with characters speaking in local dialects to promote different areas of Japan. For those learning Japanese, this is a neat way to learn more about the unique vocabulary used throughout the country.
A fun Twitter campaign is also underway, asking fans to tweet #オレの地元が最強 (#MyHometownIsTheStrongest). The special prize will be a B0 Japan Revengers poster, given to only one winner, with the remaining 47 winners able to snag a B2-size poster.
A special advertisement for Japan Revengers will appear in the morning edition of the September 17th edition of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Additionally, to celebrate the release of the 24th volume of the Tokyo Revengers manga series, those who purchase the new volume will receive one randomly-selected 47-prefecture illustration card during the in-store campaign.
Be sure to check out which prefecture your favorite character is repping!
Introducing Ramen Muraji, a Popular Ramen Store in the Backstreets of Kyoto
Gion’s Tatsumi Bridge, a picturesque area plucked straight from a painting. From there, continue south and into the backstreets, you’ll find the popular Kyoto Ramen store, Ramen Muraji.
The bridge takes you over the Shirakawa River which flows into Lake Biwa, with the connecting street spanning a distance of only 180m, with paths the width of three adults. Once you head into the alley, the scenery will completely change.
The asphalt becomes cobblestone, surrounded by Kyoto-style lattice windows. Here you’ll find Ramen Muraji, located in a renovated 100 year old Kyoto-style building, perfectly blending into its surroundings.
At first glance you wouldn’t believe it to be hiding a ramen shop, with many people calling their discovery of the shop a once-in-a-lifetime encounter as they wander the streets of Gion.
The back alleys of Gion retain the history of Kyoto, with hidden shops shrouded by curtains, gently glowing lanterns, and carefully handwritten signboards. Each spot has been crafted to become a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with those who visit.
Ramen Muraji was built in the alley
Tatsumi Bridge, an area famous for retaining the distinctive Gion look.
Muraji’s Speciality White Chicken Ramen
Gion has been popular with Kyoto tourists for years, surrounded by attractive buildings and cityscapes. Located here is the Yasaka Shrine, a world heritage site which hosts the annual Gion Summer Festival.
While the locals rarely explore the area, Gion is full of traditional beauty that has inspired many novels, maintaining the culture and history that has been passed down for generations.
Why not relive the splendor of Gion at Ramen Muraji, a shop that was born 、
With its long history and culture that weaves towns, humans, and spirits together, why not relive the splendor of Gion with a historical cup of Muraji ramen?
Ramen Muraji is a space where anybody can enjoy ramen, surrounded by Kyoto-style interior decor and Japanese-style decorations.
Their chicken ramen, boiled in a plain water soup, boasts a selection of carefully selected ingredients that condenses the taste of Kyoto’s unique food culture. Kyoto Sake matched to the flavor of the ramen is also available.
Enjoy the charms of Kyoto’s food for yourself at Ramen Muraji.
Ramen Muraji Gion Store
Address: 373-3, Kitomoto-cho, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto
※Covid-19 Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30 ~ 20:00 (L.O 19:45)
Lunch: 11:30 ~ 15:00
Dinner: 17:00 ~ 22:00
Weekend, holidays: 11:30 ~ 22:00
Special Area for Doraemon Tokyo Banana Opens in JR Tokyo Station
Popular souvenir brand Tokyo Banana is celebrating 30 years! These tasty treats are a must-buy for those visiting Japan, and now, a familiar face will be popping up at a special area in the JR Tokyo Station Tokyo Banana shop: Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station opens on August 6, 2021. Our favorite blue robot-cat just turned 50 in 2020, and this is the perfect way to celebrate!
Doraemon Tokyo Banana ‘Found it!’
The Doraemon Tokyo Banana is a fluffy, gluten-free sponge cake. Created to celebrate the original creation of these dreamy sweets, the special Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station area is now open at JR Tokyo Station. Adorned with various super cute designs, you’ll also be able to find these treats at convenience stores across Japan!
Visitors will also be able to purchase a special gift box, complete with a gently smiling Doraemon design. The box contains eight Tokyo Banana sweets, and is perfect as a souvenir for family and friends–or even for yourself! The sweets within are decorated with random Doraemon designs, so you’ll have to open the box to find out which ones you got! This item is sure to bring joy to all Doraemon fans both young and old.
A two-pack Doraemon Tokyo Banana will also be available. Three different Take-copter varieties and three different Anywhere Door varieties will be on sale, each with uniquely adorable designs to make you want to collect them all. Be sure to check out this special area, and pick up some memorable gifts!
(Please note that the shop has certain quantities of each package, and not all packages may be available depending on the date.
This product is manufactured in the same facility as products containing wheat flour.)
Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Store Info: JR Tokyo Station HANAGATAYA Tokyo Doraemon Tokyo Banana Tokyo Station
Address: JR Tokyo Station 1F Central Passage, under the Tokaido Line
Open: August 6, 2021
Hours: 6:30-21:30 (Business hours may vary.)
Official Site: https://www.tokyobanana.jp/
Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji Get Retro-Themed Shop in Tokyo Station
Two of Nippon Animation’s most loved properties have come together for a limited-time shop like no other! Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji have joined forces to bring customers a curious collection of retro goods, available now at First Avenue Tokyo Station. The shop will be open until October 4, so there’s plenty of time to grab some new swag!
Wet Wipes: ¥550 each (Tax Included) / Alcohol Hand Spray: ¥880 (Tax Included) / Drug Notebook: ¥550 (Tax Included) / Clear File: ¥385 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Keychain: ¥715 each (Tax Included) / Acrylic Stand: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Mini Tote Bag: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / Canned Konpeito: ¥1,100 each (Tax Included) / Gacha Can Badge: 1 Turn ¥300 (Tax Included) / Gacha Mini Photo Stand: 1 Turn ¥400 (Tax Included)
Novelty Clear Bookmark
Novelty Set of 4 Clear Bookmarks with Mounts
Ten items in the shop feature this stunning new artwork, inspired by the idea of modern boys and girls in Taisho (1912-1926) retro style. In addition, plenty of other Chibi Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji goods are available at the shop for those wanting a more complete collection!
Customers spending over ¥1,500 or more (with tax) will receive a clear bookmark featuring the new retro art, while those spending over ¥6,000 (with tax) will get all four bookmarks with mounts, making it easy to decorate your space with these limited-time products.
Which of these goods are you most hoping to snag? Don’t miss your chance!
The Maruko & Coji-Coji Store Tokyo
Running: August 4, 2021 – October 4, 2021
Location: First Avenue Tokyo Station, Basement 1F North (Next to Mihashi)
Hours of Operation: 10:00-20:00 (Hours subject to change.)
Phone Number: 03-6260-9048
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chibimaruko_official/