Marunouchi / Nihonbashi

Marunouchi / Nihonbashi

© Tokyo Marathon FoundationDetails of the water stations may change before the race day.


Bank of Japan Main Building/Bank of Japan Currency Museum

❶ Bank of Japan Main Building/Bank of Japan Currency Museum

Completed in 1896, the main building is the first modern national building (tours available on weekdays only) built by a Japanese architect (Tatsuno Kingo). Across from it is the Bank of Japan Currency Museum (open also on Sundays) with exhibits that break down the history of Japanese money into palatable bites.

Mitsukoshimae (Subway)
Fukutoku Shrine

❷ Fukutoku Shrine

This shrine is located inside the “COREDO Muromachi” commercial complex. With over 1,100 years of history, the shrine offers blessings for competitions and good luck for lotteries. Outdoor space “Fukutoku no Mori” is an oasis in the city encircled by plants.

Mitsukoshimae (Subway)
Nihonbashi Commercial Buildings

❸ Nihonbashi Commercial Buildings

Nihonbashi is a historic hub of commerce and culture. Famous establishments in the area include “Mitsukoshi,” the pioneer of Japanese department stores, and “Takashimaya Nihonbashi S.C.,” which has been designated a Nation’s Important Cultural Property. The newest landmark is “COREDO Muromachi,” where you can find an assortment of unique shops.

Mitsukoshimae (Subway)


Opened in 2021, this hot spot spans the B1-3rd floors of the 38-story high-rise “Tokiwabashi Tower.” Gathered here are stores opening in Japan and Tokyo for the first time, as well as restaurants beloved by gourmands. You’ll be dazzled by the unique restaurants and shops, and you can even enjoy dining outdoors.

Otemachi (Subway)

❺ Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi is a vibrant area named after the Nihonbashi Bridge built over the canal in the 17th century. It is a popular spot where the atmosphere of the Edo period exists side-by-side with modern architecture. The main features of the Nihonbashi Bridge are the two stone arches and the famous Kirin (legendary creature) Statue standing in the middle of the bridge.

Nihombashi (Subway), Mitsukoshimae (Subway)

❻ Marunouchi

Marunouchi is a popular area where you will find a variety of commercial buildings. Most famous are the Marunouchi Building and the Shin-Marunouchi Building, where you can enjoy dining and shopping. You can also visit KITTE, a commercial facility filled with unique stores that exude an authentic Japanese atmosphere. The rooftop KITTE Garden is also a must-see spot for a stunning panorama of the city.

Tokyo (JR, Subway), Marunouchi (Subway), Otemachi (Subway)
Tokyo Station

❼ Tokyo Station

This terminal station connects Tokyo with the rest of Japan. The building that exists now is a 2012 restoration of the symbolic red brick station building first built in 1914. With Tokyo Character Street, Tokyo Ramen Street, GranSta Tokyo, and TOKYO GIFT PALETTE, you won’t be in want of places to eat and shop.

Tokyo (JR, Subway)
Imperial Palace/Nijubashi Bridge

❽ Imperial Palace/Nijubashi Bridge

This is the finish line of the Tokyo Marathon. A section of the Imperial Palace is open to the public as a park. Nijubashi Bridge spans from the Imperial Palace Plaza, through the front gate, and over the palace moat. Visitors are allowed to cross the bridge during public viewings of the Imperial Palace.

Nijubashimae (Subway), Hibiya (Subway)
Marunouchi Naka-dori St.

❾ Marunouchi Naka-dori St.

One of the Tokyo’s most famous luxury brand streets. The main street is flanked by beautiful trees and luxury brand stores, restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers. It is also an ideal place to appreciate art, with many cultural establishments such as the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, and the Imperial Theatre.

Tokyo (JR, Subway)
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

❿ Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

The “Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum,” formerly “Mitsubishi Ichigokan,” was reconstructed in 2010 to its original 1894 design by Josiah Conder, the father of modern Japanese architecture. The museum hosts exhibitions focusing on 19th-century modern art three times a year.

Tokyo (JR, Subway), Yurakucho (JR, Subway), Nijubashimae (Subway), Hibiya (Subway)
Tokyo International Forum

⓫ Tokyo International Forum

Tokyo International Forum is a convention and art center in the heart of Tokyo. It acts as a cultural information hub, with eight halls of various sizes, 31 conference rooms, the Glass Building, an open-air plaza, shops, restaurants, and an art museum. The futuristic Glass Building is a must-see.

Yurakucho (JR, Subway)