See Mangekyo in Yurakucho!
Yurakucho Developed at the Leading Forefront of the Era
In 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo. From that period onwards, Japan entered a period of rapid westernization and modernization. Western buildings were built in quick succession, completely changing Tokyo's appearance. Society itself began to thoroughly mimic western civilization, significantly influencing Japanese dietary customs. In just a few decades, the westernization reached every corner of society, with brick structures in Ginza, city trains, and western business buildings appearing. Along with Ginza and Marunouchi, Yurakucho was on the cutting edge of this advancement, and was a sought-after destination for many people.
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In an instant, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed a large area of Tokyo. Ginza and Yurakucho sustained major damage. During post-quake reconstruction, major department stores and theaters such as Hogakuza, Nihon Gekijo, and the Takarazuka Revenue opened up. Yurakucho became the most fashionable entertainment districts at the time, bustling with crowds.
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From a hub for entertainment to an epicenter for Japanese culture
While the Yurakucho of the prewar era had already developed as a great town, it was still far removed from regular people. However, in the postwar period leading up to the 1960s, Japan entered a golden era of cinema. Many movie theaters were built in the neighborhoods of Yurakucho and Hibiya, transforming the areas into theater and movie towns, and giving birth to a full-fledged entertainment culture. In addition, the popular 1957 hit song “Yurakucho de Aimasho” rapidly popularized the neighborhood, increasing its name recognition, and establishing Yurakucho as a hub for entertainment.
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The 2019 staging of Mangekyo, a state-of-the-art Japanese form of entertainment, will be presented in Yurakucho. Seeing original entertainment such as Mangekyo in the tradition-filled neighborhood of Yurakucho will mark the turning of a new page in entertainment. Having impressed over 8 million viewers across the globe, Mangekyo will show off the charms of Japanese culture to the world with Yurakucho as its base.
Come to Yurakucho and see Mangekyo, starting April 2019!
Yurakucho is Perfect for Shopping, Dining and Entertainment! Three Recommended Courses in the Area
Yurakucho developed alongside Tokyo Station, Ginza, and Hibiya. The neighborhood and surrounding area are incredibly enjoyable to explore. Before or after watching Mangekyo, you can arrange a sightseeing course that fits your interests.
The area is full of high class, trendy restaurants and local flavors, allowing you to enjoy a range of dining options. Flagship stores for Bic Camera and Loft and also here, which are must-visit destinations for tourists in Japan. The roads are lined with shopping centers such as MARUI, Lumine, Ginza SIX, and Tokyu Plaza Ginza.
Come to Yurakucho to enjoy shopping, dining, evening views, art, and more.
Recommended Model Course ①: A Full Course of Shopping and Dining
Course: Shopping in Ginza→Eating tour of prefectural stores→Shopping in Yurakucho→Watch Mangekyo→Eat at a restaurant under the train tracks in Yurakucho
In the morning, enjoy browsing for goods in the shopping mecca of Ginza. Indulge in the fun of shopping, with lots of designer products, trendy clothes, cosmetics, and more. For lunch, you can try traditional cuisine from across Japan at the prefectural shops in Ginza and Yurakucho. In the afternoon, watch Mangekyo. Afterwards, take a short break and go back to Yurakucho, where you can stroll around visiting Bic Camera, Lumine, MARUI and more. For dinner, go to a retro izakaya below the train tracks in Yurakucho and enjoy a meal right out of mid-20th century Japan.
Recommended Model Course ②: Romantic Date Course
Course: Hibiya Park→Lunch and shopping at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya→Watch Mangekyo→Walk to Tokyo Station from Yurakucho→Eat on Tokyo Station's Ramen Street→Enjoy Evening views from the rooftop terrace on the 7th floor of Shin-Marunouchi Building
Flea markets and music festivals are periodically held in Hibiya Park, the biggest western-style park in Japan. You can see a colorful display of seasonal flowers in the park. Opened in March 2018, Tokyo Midtown is home to a careful selection of Japanese accessory shops, restaurants, and more. Come here and spend time leisurely exploring. In the afternoon, go back to Yurakucho and enjoy Mangekyo. Afterwards, go to Tokyo Station. For dinner, try ramen from across Japan at Tokyo Station's famous Ramen Street. Once the sun sets, the 7th floor rooftop terrace of the Shin-Marunouchi Building is the perfect location to see evening views of Tokyo Station. Enjoy a beverage on the rooftop terrace. The romantic environment is incredible.
Recommended Model Course ③: Art Appreciation Course
Course: Tokyo Station Gallery→Marunouchi Nakadori (View world-famous sculptures) →Café 1894→Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo→Watch Mangekyo→Eat at trendy restaurants in Ginza or Yurakucho
Enjoy world-renowned artworks at Tokyo Station Gallery, located on the first floor of Tokyo Station. You can also enjoy the station’s red brick architecture while looking at the art. Afterwards, go to Marunoichi Nakadori Street. Stroll down the street while viewing world-famous sculptures. Eat lunch at Café 1894. Enjoy the old, refined interior of this café, which was originally a bank office built sometime before 1894. After eating, go to the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo. You won’t want to miss the beautiful art there. In the evening, enjoy the wonderful performance of Mangekyo, then eat at one of the classy, trendy restaurants in Ginza or Yurakucho.