Marunouchi (丸の内) is a commercial district of
Tokyo located in
Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The name,
meaning "inside the circle", derives from its location within the
palace's outer moat. It is also Tokyo's financial district and the
country's three largest banks are headquartered there.
2 Places in Marunouchi
3 Tallest Buildings 130m+
4 Companies based in Marunouchi
5 Rail and subway stations
In 1590, before
Tokugawa Ieyasu entered Edo Castle, the area now known
Marunouchi was an inlet of Edo Bay and had the name Hibiya. With
the expansion of the castle, this inlet was filled, beginning in 1592.
A new outer moat was constructed, and the earlier moat became the
inner moat. The area took the name Okuruwauchi ("within the
Daimyōs, particularly shinpan and fudai, constructed their mansions
here, and with 24 such estates, the area also became known as daimyō
kōji ("daimyō alley"). The offices of the North and South
Magistrates, and that of the Finance Magistrate, were also here.
Following the Meiji Restoration,
Marunouchi came under control of the
national government, which erected barracks and parade grounds for the
Those moved in 1890, and Iwasaki Yanosuke, brother of the founder (and
later the second leader) of Mitsubishi, purchased the land for 1.5
million yen. As the company developed the land, it came to be known as
Mitsubishi-ga-hara (the "
Much of the land remains under the control of
Mitsubishi Estate, and
the headquarters of many companies in the
Mitsubishi Group are in
The government of
Tokyo constructed its headquarters on the site of
the former Kōchi han in 1894. They moved it to the present Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku in 1991, and the new
Tokyo International Forum and
Toyota Tsusho Corporation now stands on
the site. Nearly a quarter of Japan's GDP is generated in this area.
Tokyo Station opened in 1914, and the
Marunouchi Building in 1923.
Tokyo Station is reopened on 1 October 2012 after a 5 year
Places in Marunouchi
Pre-1923 postcard with a view of the
Mitsubishi headquarters in
Marunouchi and its environs, looking towards the Imperial Palace
Marunouchi in flames following the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake
Tokyo Central Post Office (closed)
Tokyo International Forum
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Tokyo Station, the city's main intercity rail terminal
Meiji Seimei Kan
Tallest Buildings 130m+
Number of floors
Marunouchi Park Building
Mitsubishi Trust & Banking Head Office
Meiji Yasuda Life Building
Companies based in Marunouchi
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Calbee has its headquarters in the
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main.
Konica Minolta has its headquarters in the
Marunouchi Center Building
Mitsubishi Group companies:
Bank of Tokyo-
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance
Tokio Marine Nichido
Toyota Tsusho
Marunouchi also houses the Japan offices of
Century Place Marunouchi), Citigroup, Nikko Cordial, Nikko
Citigroup, Banca Commerciale Italiana, Rabobank, JPMorgan Chase, Bank
Bank of India, Bayerische Landes Bank, Bloomberg, BT
Asia Securities, First National
Bank of Boston, KPMG, Latham &
Watkins, Mellon Bank, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Morrison &
Foerster, Overseas Union Bank, Philadelphia National Bank,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ropes & Gray, Royal
Bank of Scotland
Group, Royal Insurance, Standard Chartered Bank,
Standard & Poor's, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Bain &
Japan Airlines used to have its headquarters in the
Tokyo Building in
Rail and subway stations
Nijūbashimae Station (Chiyoda Line)
Otemachi Station (Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line,
Marunouchi Line, Toei
Mita Line, Tozai Line)
Tokyo Station (Chūō Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Keiyo Line, Marunouchi
Line, Shinkansen, Sōbu Line, Yamanote Line, Yokosuka Line)
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