Get to know the true heart of Tokyo (Marunouchi-Otemachi-Yurakucho area)History

Over four centuries of history

The history of Japan’s amazing development and the path to an even more exciting future coexist in elegant harmony in the Marunouchi-Otemachi-Yurakucho area. For instance, the Marunouchi Building, which is the symbol of the Marunouchi redevelopment project, has an exhibit of one of the original 5,443 pine foundation piles used to support the old building that once stood on the site. One century after Mitsubishi Ichigokan, the first modern office building in Japan, was completed, it was meticulously restored and reborn as the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Still today this district continues to evolve, honoring its rich legacy and plotting a course into a brighter future.

From the past and into the future

Edo Era

The current Imperial Palace stands on the site of Edo Castle of the Tokugawa shogunate. Today’s Marunouchi area was once occupied by the estates of feudal lords of that era.


Land grant by Meiji government

Mitsubishi purchased a site of more than 3.5 hectares formerly occupied by military barracks.


Mitsubishi Ichigokan completed

Designed by the British architect Josiah Conder, this western-style brick building was the first office building in Japan and was the address of major companies and banks.


Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (previous building) completed

Tokyo Chamber of Commerce was established and was the first organization of its kind in Japan.


Tokyo Station opens

The plans for the construction of an elevated railroad connecting the Shinbashi and Ueno districts included the construction of a central station for the new line in the undeveloped field in front of the Imperial Palace. The station was simply named the Tokyo Station.


Industrial Club of Japan Building completed

The construction of the five-storey building featured a reinforced concrete structure with a partial steel framework.


Marunouchi Building (former building) completed

Today office buildings that offer space for retail facilities are not uncommon, but Marunouchi Building, which debuted as the largest building in Japan in the pre-WWII period of the Showa Era, was the first in Japan to offer this convenience to office workers.


“London Block” & “New York Block”

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Building was soon followed by the construction of other red-brick European-style office buildings. The iconic streetscape was nicknamed Itcho London ("London Block"). The Gyoko-dori street area where Marunouchi Building and other American-style buildings shaped the new skyline was called Itcho New York (“New York Block”). These were the pioneers of the modern business center in Japan.


New Tokyo Central Post Office Building opens

Together with the establishment of Osaka and Saikyo (Kyoto) post offices at the dawn of Japan’s modern postal system, the Yokkaichi Post Office was also established in a new building (completed in 1931) in front of the South Exit on the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station.


Meiji Seimei Kan Building completed


Tokaido Shinkansen “Bullet Train” Service Begins

Bullet train reduces travel between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka to four hours by Hikari super express service and five hours by Kodama limited express service.


Tokyo Olympics

At the time of the first Olympic Games ever held in Asia, Marunouchi Building hung a big banner on the wall facing the Tokyo Station, expressing support for the national team and celebrating the event.


Reconstruction of Marunouchi Building

After eight decades of service, the redevelopment of the former Marunouchi Building became the first step in the ambitious Marunouchi Area Redevelopment Project that reaffirmed the area’s reign as Japan’s premier business hub.


Opening of Marunouchi OAZO

This redevelopment project on the former site of the Japan National Railroad head office building created a large office and commercial complex.


Opening of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

As part of the Marunouchi Area Redevelopment Project, the development of Marunouchi Park Building integrated the restoration of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Building. The venerable building was reborn as the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum with adjoining café (completed in 2009).


Tokyo Station Reconstruction

Opened in 1914 and designated a cultural asset of Japan, the Tokyo Station building that faces Marunouchi was restored to its original glory.


Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube completion

This office building is part of the third stage of the chained redevelopment project of the Otemachi district, and features the latest BCP support to ensure uninterrupted continuity of office operations even in case of a disaster. The complex will also feature the opening of the area’s first hot spring inn.


Otemachi Park Building completion

Located in front of the Otemon gate of the Imperial Palace, this project features the “Hotoria Plaza" – a large and richly greenscaped area of approximately 2,800 m2. The upper stories accommodate service apartments to facilitate enjoyment of a new urban lifestyle that brings the home and workplace in closer proximity.


Marunouchi 3-2 Project (tentative name)

Adjacent to the greenery of the Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace with the infinite variety of shopping and culture of Ginza, Hibiya and Yurakucho just a stroll away, this project site is rare combination of a location in the heart of Japan’s premium business center and access to an urban lifestyle of grace and stimulation. With Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tokyo Kaikan banquet halls occupying the lower floors, the project will debut with an air of unmatched prestige that comes from the historic credentials of these tenants and its vitality as a center of commerce and culture.


Tokyo Olympics


Tokiwabashi Project

With a site area of 3.1 hectares, this is the largest complex development project in the vicinity of Tokyo Station. Positioned as a key hub for businesses in central Tokyo, this development is also a core project in the "Initiatives for the Tokyo Global Financial Center" of Tokyo Metropolitan Government . Boasting an expansive 7,000-m2 plaza in front of Tokyo Station, the 390-meter superhigh-rise tower will be both a landmark and the nucleus for a diversity of global exchange and activity.


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