[Yurakucho] Chances hidden in the big city.
Yurakucho station is located next to Tokyo station on the JR Yamanote line, and also services the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, and the Yurakucho metro line. Since it is the location of the “Tokyo International Forum”, where many large international meetings, concerts, and exhibitions are held, it is also a place where people from all over the world gather.
While there are many people who visit Yurakucho for business, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of commercial facilities, as well as the establishment of Tokyo’s largest “Bic Camera” independent store, and “MUJI” which boasts the world’s largest sales floor, also making it a shopping destination. Perhaps you could say that whether it be for business or shopping, “large scale” is Yurakucho’s defining characteristic. (Information current as of January 2016)
On the other hand, under the overhead train tracks connecting Yurakucho and Shinbashi stations are many smaller eateries. For both businessmen and tourists alike, it’s a great place for restaurants. Under the rails there is a wealth of unique shops where people sit outside enjoying sake. Retro shops where one can experience old school Japan, shops with creative Japanese dishes, stylish bars, etc. are popular with Japanese business people on their way back from work. If it’s a casual shop, perhaps your conversation will extend to the people sitting nearby. Small talk? Perhaps even big talk? The sky’s the limit. With Japanese people and foreigners overcoming social hurdles, perhaps in the small shops of Yurakucho you’ll have a fateful encounter. Who knows?