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Japan’s economic hub, blossoming since the Meiji Restoration

Photo of Marunouchi, Japan (Kikyo-mon Gate, Imperial Palace, Tokyo by Ray in Manila)

Marunouchi is Tokyo’s prominent business district, combining modern architecture with historical landmarks. It represents a mix of Japan’s economic strength and a cultural destination, drawing both professionals and visitors.

About Marunouchi

Located between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, Marunouchi’s development into a business district began after the Mitsubishi group acquired the land in 1890. The area, once dominated by feudal lords’ residences during the Edo period, became a symbol of Japan’s modernization in the Meiji era (1868-1912).

The district’s iconic red-brick buildings emerged in the early 20th century but were largely destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the air raids of World War II. The current landscape of Marunouchi, with its high-rise buildings and commercial facilities, is a result of extensive post-war rebuilding.

Marunouchi is also a cultural center, housing art museums like the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, which has been rebuilt to mirror its 1894 structure. It is a venue for cultural events and international forums, reinforcing its international presence.

The nearby Imperial Palace East Garden, once part of Edo Castle, is open to the public and features historical structures and the Ninomaru Garden, a traditional Japanese garden. This garden provides a tranquil contrast to the surrounding urban environment.

The transformation of Marunouchi from a feudal estate to a prominent business district showcases Japan’s industrial growth and adaptability. The district continues to undergo redevelopment to maintain its position as a leading business area. Marunouchi’s blend of historical and modern architecture makes it a fascinating area for those interested in the architectural evolution of Tokyo.

Marunouchi is significant within Tokyo and to Japan’s global economic presence, marking its evolution from a closed-off feudal system to an open-world market player.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Marunouchi

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Thursday, 11 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Tokyo on March 29, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 4.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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