located in the district of Yotsuya
in Shinjuku Ward bordering Chiyoda
station is one of the older stations
of Tokyo, having opened in 1894
as a station for Kobu Railways,
now Chuo Line. It then had just
one track. By 1929, the number of
tracks had quadrupled. In 1959,
the Marunouchi Line station was
opened, and in 1996, the Namboku
Line station. Today, Yotsuya Station
serves all the four lines – JR Chuo
Main, JR Chuo-Sobu, Tokyo Metro
Marunouchi, and Tokyo Metro Namboku.
these lines run north-south, but
the two Chuo Lines and Marunouchi
Line also run east-west.
is a neighborhood in Shinjuku, adjacent
to the Kojimachi area of Chiyoda.
Till 1634, Yotsuya was a small farming
village. When the outer moat of
the Edo Castle was being built in
1634, the temples and shrines of
the area were moved to Yotsuya.
A watch tower was also built on
the moat wall (at the same location
where Yotsuya Station stands today).
With the watch tower and temples
in the area, Yotsuya began to grow
as people started moving in to settle
down. Soon it became part of the
city of Edo.
the opening of the Station at Yotsuya
in 1894, several industries moved
in as the transport of raw materials
became easy. Yotsuya was now an
important area of Tokyo and continues
to be so till today.
( State Guest House )
Palace, a former imperial residence,
today serves as the State Guest
House, where guests of the Japanese
Government and other state dignitaries
are accommodated. It also serves
as the venue for Government conferences
and events. Designed by Katayama
Tokuma, this beautiful monumental
was built between 1899 and
1909 during the Meiji era as the
official residence of the crown
main building of the palace covers
a floor area of 15,000 m?, out of
the total sprawling area of 117,000
m?. A long path lined with trees
leads from the gate to the building.
On either side of the path are huge
well-kept lawns with beautiful flower
beds. Located just at the main gate
is the Sentry Box, an attraction
in itself. The Sentry Box is a dome-shaped
structure that serves as a shelter
for the security guards.
popular tourist attraction is located
about 7 minutes on foot from Yotsuya
Temple is a Buddhist temple of the
Jodo sect. Located just 5 minutes'
walk west of Yotsuya Station, this
small temple is mainly known for
the tomb of Hattori
Hanzo was the head of a clan from
Iga region, but more than that he
was a famous samurai. He was known
for his ferocious fighting skills,
being particularly adept at the
spear. He served Tokugawa Ieyasu
loyally and earned his trust by
saving his life in a battle in 1572.
Hanzo accompanied Ieyasu to Edo
in 1590 and was asked to lead a
band of Iga ninja and live immediately
outside the castle's rear gate.
remains lie in a tomb on the right
side of the main temple building.
His battle spears and ceremonial
helmet are also on display at the
temple site. Hanzo's legacy remains
today with one of the main gates
to the Imperial Palace being named
Hanzo Gate, and a subway line, Hanzo-mon
Line that runs between central Tokyo
to the western suburbs.
University (Main Campus)
University is one of the most prestigious
universities of Japan. It was established
in 1913 by the Society of Jesus,
taking its name Sophia from the
Greek word meaning “wisdom”. Sophia
was officially recognized as a university
in 1932. Since then, Sophia continues
to grow and today it has over 10,000
undergraduates and over 100 graduate
students spread over 4 campuses
– at Yotsuya, Ichigaya, Shakujii,
main campus of Sophia University
is at Yotsuya, located just 5 minutes
on foot from Yotsuya Station. Despite
being located in the bustling center
of Tokyo, the campus has a peaceful
and serene atmosphere with a lot
of greenery. The Yotsuya campus
houses the Faculties of Humanities,
Law, Foreign Studies, Economics,
Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology.
There are 25 buildings on the campus.
The main building is the oldest
building. Built of red brick in
1932, it is also the symbol of Sophia
University. Besides the classrooms,
the buildings have offices, halls,
a gymnasium, a library, Computer
Center, Research Institutes, a bookstore,
a chapel, and a cafeteria.