Okachimachi Station 御徒町駅

  • Published on : 01/10/2019
  • by : Japan Experience
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Okachimachi Station is the main station for the ebullient market, dining and entertainment area of Okachimachi in Tokyo's Taito ward.

However, be aware that on weekends and Japanese public holidays, express trains of the Keihin-Tohoku Line also stop at Okachimachi Station. So, when it comes to boarding Keihin-Tohoku Line trains on weekends or public holidays, either confirm with someone that the train will stop at your destination, or just take a Yamanote Line train instead.

Each platform has a protective barrier that opens only to allow passengers on and off trains.

The Midori-no-Madoguchi staffed ticket booking office is at the North Exit of Okachimachi Station. You must exit the ticket gates, walk straight ahead and exit the station, turn right, and immediately on your right is the Midori-no-Madoguchi ticket office. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Midori-no-Madoguchi, JR Okachimachi Station, Tokyo

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Marishiten Tokudaiji Temple is a colorful Buddhist temple just one minute's walk from the west side of the North Exit of Okachimachi station. Go 60 meters down Ameyayokocho (i.e., alongside the elevated railway) and on your left you'll see a street festooned with long banners on either side. The purple banners belong to the temple, which is accessed by a flight of stairs.

Marishiten Tokudaiji Temple enshrines a deity worshipped primarily by warriors and those in the entertainment industry, and it is the latter that the Okachimachi area has its historical roots in.

The red banners belong to Niki no Kashi, mainly a huge confectionery emporium that takes up both sides of the street and even straddles Marishiten Tokudaiji Temple. Besides sweets, Niki no Kashi also sells general groceries, has a cafe downstairs, and even a used golf equipment section.

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Marishiten Tokudaiji Temple in Ameyoko, Tokyo, Japan

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Three parallel streets run alongside the east of Okachimachi Station: Okachimachi Eki-mae-dori, which changes its name to Sango ("Coral") Street at the North Exit and further south, is closest to the station. Then, one block further east is Ruby Street, then Sapphire Street. As the names suggest, these streets have numerous jewelry stores. Many sell cheap jewelry, but there are also reputable high-end jewelers among them.

There are several pawn shops (shichiya) either side of Okachimachi Station.

Ueno Park is Tokyo's most culturally rich park, full of important musuems and temples—and even Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest zoo—just a 7-minute walk north of Okachimachi Station.

Akihabara, a little south of Okachimachi, is Tokyo's—in fact, Japan's—most famous electronics, home appliances and manga/cosplay district. Akihabara is just a ten minute walk south of Okachimachi Station.

Ruby Street

Ruby Street, on east flank of Okachimachi Station, full of jewelry and gem stores

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