The renovated space in front of JR Tokyo Station was unveiled in its full glory on Dec. 7, displaying a grandeur more commonly associated with palaces than transport hubs.
The 19,000-square-meter area in front of the station’s Marunouchi building, in the heart of the capital's commercial district, had been undergoing renovation work in a joint project between East Japan Railway Co. and the Tokyo metropolitan government since August 2014.
The centerpiece is a 6,500-square-meter square featuring a granite stone pavement designed to bring out the beauty of the red-brick building, a government-designated important cultural property, which opened in 1914.
With white as its base color, the wide-open area matches Miyuki-dori avenue, which leads to the Imperial Palace. It adds to the splendor of the Marunouchi building, whose restoration work was completed in October 2012.
Bus and taxi terminals are on either side of the center square, and Japanese cherry and maple trees have been planted so that visitors can enjoy seasonal views.
In summertime, water features will be available for people to cool off with on hot days.