New Tourist Information Center Opens in Tokyo’s Marunouchi District

The view from the Conrad Hilton in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, where a new tourist office has opened © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Even with thorough research in advance and digital travel guides and apps, many travelers would like to gear up more with in-person the updated travel information before getting around the country of the rising sun. Tourist Information Center (TIC), the JNTO-operated information center that has been a must-stop for many foreign travelers, will relocate and be reborn in Tokyo’s city center. In Shin-Tokyo Building, a commercial and cultural complex ¼ mile (about a 5-minute walk) from the current location in the Yurakucho Station area, the new TIC will be accompanied by a new café “Marunouchi Café SEEK” with a gallery space.

Marunouchi has been an up-coming area with multiple redevelopments and renovation such as renewal opening of The Tokyo Station Hotel in April 2012 in the western style brick train station. On the western side of the historic Tokyo train station, the Marunouchi area stretches between the Imperial Palace, Tokyo International Forum convention venue and many 5-star hotels, and has become a popular district with concentration of art, culture, shopping and dining experiences. As the national center of 312 tourist information centers all over Japan, TIC serves about 30,000 walk-in visitors with free travel information to foreign tourists annually, and will expect more walk-in inquiries at the new location, drawing their attention to the café’s function as cultural and art information source.

The New Tourist Information Center (TIC) is located at:

ShinTokyo Building, 1F

3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Phone: +81-(0)3-3201-3331

Open daily from 9a.m. to 5p.m. (Closed on January 1)

See also:

Day One in Tokyo: Hitting Tourist Highlights and slideshow

Day Two: A day in Tokyo spanning all the days of Japan and slideshow

Turning a stopover in Tokyo into sojourn starts with Conrad Tokyo

Hilton Tokyo puts you in the hub of Tokyo’s Metropolis

 

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