Tokyo Station is surrounded by the very modern business district of Marunouchi. One may wonder where to get a good view of the impressive train station, and perhaps more importantly, where to eat delicious Japanese food around the station. I’m going to answer those two questions at once.
The upper floors of the Shin Marunouchi building, located in front of Tokyo Station, offer an impressive selection of restaurants from Western to Japanese cuisine. This time, I tried a Yakitori restaurant. Although the restaurants in this building cater to more fancy tastes, the Yakitori joint stands out by its look inspired from typical Japanese outdoor food stalls. Customers sit on folding chairs surrounding the cooking station. Some tables, made with metal barrels and old beer crates, are available to customers to eat while standing up when the place gets packed. The ceiling also features a row of Japanese lanterns, giving a unique and warm atmosphere to the place.
The specialty of the place is Yakitori, which means grilled chicken in Japanese. Various parts of the chicken are offered: the heart, the liver, the skin, and the neck. Several choices featuring pork are also available. Yakitori is most deliciously accompanied by a large glass of Japanese beer.
The uppermost floor of the shopping center is surrounded by an outdoor observatory that offers a great view of Tokyo station and the Marunouchi district. From that same observatory, one may also have a glimpse at a section of the Imperial Palace.