a station on the Tokyo Metro and
Toei Subway Lines in the Otemachi
district of Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo.
It is the biggest subway station
in Tokyo as it is served by five
lines, more than any other station
in the Tokyo underground network.
It serves the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi,
Tozai, Chiyoda, and Hanzomon Lines;
and the Toei Mita Line. Otemachi
Station is spread out underneath
the Marunouchi district between
Tokyo Station and the Imperial Garden.
The station is also within walking
distance, both on street level and
through underground passageways,
to Tokyo Station.
is located in Chiyoda
Ward to the east of the Imperial
Palace. Its location is the former
site of the village of Shibazaki,
the most ancient part of Tokyo.
Then during the Edo period, Otemachi
was the location of the enormous
palace of Prince Matsudaira. Today,
the district is the center of Japanese
journalism, housing the main offices
of three of the biggest five newspapers
(Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun,
and Yomiuri Shimbun) as well
as being a key financial center
(Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Company,
National Life Finance Corporation,
Daiwa Securities Group Inc., Development
Bank of Japan, Mitsui Life Insurance
Co., and Mizuho Financial Group)
and headquarters for some of the
largest Japanese corporations (Marubeni
Corporation, Mitsubishi Estate Co.
Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
Corporation, Japan Post, Millea
Holdings, Inc., Mitsui & Co.,
and Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd.).
Museum, located just 1 minute's
walk from Exit A4 of Otemachi Station,
is Japan's only museum of information
and telecommunication. It is jointly
owned by the Ministry of Posts and
Communications, the Nippon Telephone
and Telegraph Corporation, the Japanese
International Telephone and Telegraph
Corporation (KDD), and the broadcasting
authority NHK. Also called TEI Park,
it exhibits and displays everything
related to communications from ancient
times to present day using actual
objects, panoramas, models and recordings
played over earphones.
the first floor of the museum building
is the history section dedicated
to the development of postal services.
The second floor is dedicated to
the memory of Hisoka Maejima, the
founder of Japanese postal services,
besides an exhibition space for
the red round-shaped mailboxes,
and a Telecommunication Science
Center. The third floor relates
the history of telecommunications
through valuable materials in an
atmosphere of post offices of the
relevant days. There is also a Utopia
NHK Broadcasting Hall, which hosts
a comprehensive permanent exhibition
of contemporary and future broadcasting,
including digital satellite, digital
Hi-Vision TV services, and digital
Park, or the Communications Museum,
is the place to visit for all those
fascinated by communications.
Fountain Park is located 5
minutes from Otemachi Station next
to Palace Hotel just inside the
outer moat of the Imperial Palace.
Though small, Wadakura
is an important park of Tokyo as
it was built to commemorate the
wedding of the Crown Prince in 1993.
Its main features are the many fountains
that automatically change in shape
and strength as if dancing to the
tune of music. There are several
granite seats throughout the park
where visitors can sit and relax
and enjoy the wide variety of beautiful
flowers and the dancing fountains.
A coffee shop is also located in
the park, with wide windows through
which visitors can take in all the
beauty of the park while having