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[Explore Ginza - Ginza Trivia] The Heart of Tokyo's Underground: Ginza's History and Future

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

The History of Underground Stations and Lines Around the Ginza Area

The Ginza area boasts an impressive array of underground stations, including Ginza Station, Higashi-Ginza Station, Ginza-itchome Station, and the nearby Yurakucho Station and Hibiya Station, all within walking distance. With 13 underground lines in Tokyo, seven of them pass through at least one of these stations, making Ginza the heart of Tokyo's underground network. This is in part due to Ginza being one of the first stations in Asia to have an underground line.

HAYAKAWA Noritsugu and the Story of Asia's First Underground

A statue of HAYAKAWA Noritsugu, the founder of Tokyo's underground system and often referred to as the father of Japanese undergrounds, can be found at Ginza Station. Hayakawa played a crucial role in the development of Asia's first underground line, and his contributions are still remembered in Ginza today. When visiting Ginza Station, look for the statue and take a moment to reflect on the history of the underground system.

The convenience and charm of Ginza's underground access: The convenient location of Ginza's underground stations makes it easy to access various parts of Tokyo and its suburbs. This excellent connectivity makes Ginza a popular destination for both tourists and business people alike. Additionally, the area around the underground stations offers numerous shopping and dining options, making Ginza an ideal location for exploring.

The Future of Ginza and its Underground System with the Shin Ginza Station

Scheduled to open in the 2030s, a new underground line is in the works, with a new station, "Shin-Ginza Station", planned for the Ginza area. This new addition will further elevate the importance of Ginza in Tokyo's underground network. The new station is expected to be built along Miyuki Street, enhancing the convenience of the existing Ginza area. With the opening of the new station, the development of the surrounding areas and new business opportunities are anticipated. Furthermore, new tourist attractions and shopping facilities are expected to emerge around the Shin Ginza Station, adding to the appeal of the Ginza area. Interestingly, our office is located right in front of the Miyuki Street, where the Shin Ginza Station is planned to be built, allowing us to closely witness the area's growth.

In conclusion, the Ginza area is the heart of Tokyo's underground network, filled with history and a promising future. From the history of underground lines around Ginza Station and HAYAKAWA Noritsugu's achievements to the convenient access and the construction plans for the Shin Ginza Station, Ginza offers a wide range of attractions. The area will continue to grow alongside the development of the underground system. As part of the community, we look forward to witnessing and participating in Ginza's further progress.


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