Tokyo Station renewal

In many cities around the world, the main train station is often a landmark.  Tokyo Station is a large station in Chiyoda Ward, near the Imperial Palace.  It is the busiest train station in Japan in terms of number of trains per day (more than 3000).  The station’s appearance is very well known in Tokyo, but at the moment, it’s behind scaffolding and cannot be seen.  During World War II, the station was heavily damaged, and was rebuilt afterwards.  However, it was changed.  The purpose of this renovation is to restore the station to its pre-war appearance on the Marunouchi (western) side, as well as some of the interior space.  This should be completed in 2011.  The Yaesu (eastern) side is being redeveloped, as well.  But it will sport 2 highrise towers.  The western side is what everyone tends to see, and it is a very attractive looking building.  But for now, this is all we can see:

Tokyo Station under wraps

Tokyo Station is hiding.

I can’t wait to see how it’ll look when it’s finished.  It looked great before the renovations.

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