Corporate Tokyo

Osaki | Shinagawa | Tamachi | Hamamatsucho | Shinbashi | Yurakucho | Tokyo

These stations are located in areas that house the headquarters of many Japanese corporations. While the crowds in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya are just as crazy, it is probably here that most of the “salarymen” flock into!

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OSAKI

Among Osaki’s iconic skyscrappers, the ThinkPark is notable for its eco approach to provide a green oasis, no matter how small, in the city. It even has a futsal pitch in its multipurpose event area.

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SHINAGAWA

Stroll along the Takahama Canal on the eastern bank. You will see office buildings lining up on the opposite bank, and this giant headphone will meet you at the “crossing” with the Tennozu Canal.

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Most often than not I went to Shinagawa to go to the Immigration Office or to transfer to other railway lines. I had a great time strolling along the waterfront and exploring the massive station building.

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TAMACHI

The area is home to another famous academic institution, the Keio University. To the east of the main campus, occupying an entire block by itself, is the headquarter of NEC Corporation. There is nothing particular about the tower unless viewed from the east or west side. It is a giant rocket ready to soar!

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HAMAMATSUCHO

Tokyo Tower is the most popular background when people take photos at Zojoji Temple or Roppongi Hills and its Mori Tower. What about a snap of Tokyo Tower with Zojoji Temple in the foreground and Mori Tower in the background?

And did you see the Manneken Pis when you alighted from the Yamanote Line train from Shinbashi?

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SHINBASHI

While Shiodome area may be well-known for buildings with crazy “ornaments” (Just wait until the illumination season starts!), in the midst of the skyscrapers stands the Old Shinbashi Station, reconstructed on the site of the original Shinbashi Station.

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YURAKUCHO

Yurakucho Station has got Hibiya Park to the west, Ginza to the southeast, and the massive Yurakucho Mullion just next door. But right in the middle of the bling bling, there is this small park with a funky clock. In the background is 138-year-old Taimei Elementary School, visited by Indian PM Narendra Modi back in 2014.

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TOKYO

The heart of Tokyo, and the heart of Japan (at the Imperial Palace).

There was nothing more emotional than when I took a snap of this sign, marking the end of my adventure around Tokyo. I completed the loop in six non-consecutive days, visiting 4 to 5 stations in one day on average. On one particular leg I visited eight stations (Mejiro to Ebisu), most likely because I was too familiar with the stations and their surrounding areas.

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And in case you are wondering, the featured image of these Yamanote-go-round entries was taken at the Dai-ni Nakazato Fumikiri (第二中里踏切). It is the only remaining Yamanote Line’s railway crossing and can be found in Komagome, about 350 metres east of the station’s East Gate.

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