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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Marunouchi Naka Dori


Marunouchi Naka-dori in the Marunouchi district near Tokyo Station is one of the capital's premier shopping streets.

Running roughly north-south from Otemachi Subway Station to Yurakucho Station, Marunouchi Naka Dori is located between the outer Babasaki Moat of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station. Marunouchi Naka Dori allows access to the Shin-Marunouchi Building, the Marunouchi Building, and the Idemitsu Museum of Arts.

Marunouchi Naka Dori is lined with beautiful trees, benches and some notable art pieces including Der Trommler by British artist Michael Sandle and other works on loan from the Hakone Open Air Museum.

Flagship stores on Marunouchi Naka Dori include Emporio Armani, Burberry, Brook Brothers, Commes des Garcons, Diesel, Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co, Royal Copenhagen, Paul Smith and Hermes.

Among the many restaurants, bars and cafes on Naka Dori are Aux Amis, La Bodega, Cova Tokyo, Doutor, Kaiserhof, Maison Barzac and Starbucks. Visitors can sample of Tokyo's best international and Japanese cuisine right here.

A good time to visit Naka Dori is in the evening between mid-November and mid-February when the whole street is illuminated with over 800,000 lights. Various other events are also staged on Naka Dori throughout the year including an annual gardening show, art events and a vegetable market.

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