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Friday, April 14, 2017

Hanzomon Station

半蔵門駅

Exit 1 of Hanzomon Station, Kojimachi, Tokyo.
Exit 1 of Hanzomon Station, Kojimachi
Hanzomon Station is in the Kojimachi district of Tokyo's Chiyoda ward and serves one of Tokyo's most elegant neighborhoods.

It is named after the Hanzomon Gate of the Imperial Palace Tokyo, just four minutes' walk east. (The Hanzomon Gate is where Shinjuku-dori Avenue [part of Route 20] starts, going as far west as Kabukicho in Shinjuku ward.)

Ticket wicket near Exit 5, northern end of Hanzomon Station.
Northern ticket wicket, Hanzomon Station
In turn, the station gives its name to the whole subway line that it forms a part of: the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. Hanzomon Station is code-named Z-05 on the Hanzomon Line. It opened in 1982.

There are no transfers at Hanzomon Station, but Kojimachi Station, on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, is just four minutes' walk west along Shinjuku-dori Avenue from Exit 2 of Hanzomon Station.

Exit guide at Hanzomon Station, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo.
Exit information, Hanzomon Station
Think "Hanzomon Station" and think "cafes, bakeries, eateries, patisseries." Every exit of Hanzomon Station opens out onto mostly quite elegant places to eat, snack or just enjoy a cup of coffee.

Hanzomon Station provides access to a number of well-known Tokyo places. At its southern end are Exits 1 and 2, which come out at basically the same place, serving the Kojimachi business district. From here it's an 8-minute walk south-east to the National Theatre, and the imposing, modern Supreme Court building next to the Theatre. Across from the Theatre and Court is the Sakurada Moat of the Palace.

Hanzomon Gate, Imperial Palace, Tokyo.
Hanzomon Gate of the Imperial Palace - just east of Hanzomon Station
The station's other four exits are all north of Shinjuku-dori, serving the exclusive Ichiban-cho residential district. Exits 3a and 3b serve the same corner, with 3a on the street that goes through Ichiban-cho and 3b around the corner on Shinjuku-dori Avenue, accessible through the big SAP building.

Exit 4 is right behind the JCII Camera Museum, 2 minutes' walk away, the British Embassy, 7 minutes' walk away, and the Embassy of Paraguay, on the northern end of the British Embassy.

Yushin-in Temple and Museum, with Exit 4 of Hanzomon Station.
Exit 4 of Hanzomon Station in Yushin-in Temple and Museum building
Exit 4 comes out through the Yushin-in (友心院) Building, the Yushin-in being a temple (albeit a very modern one) of the Shin-nyo-en (真如苑) religion. There is a sign there referring to a "museum" of the temple, but when I asked I was told that it would only be open to the public from next year.

On the other side of the road from Exit 4, a few meters down a side street, is an elevator entrance/exit. A short walk further down the side street brings you to the Embassy of Ireland.

Hotel Monterey Hanzomon near Exit 5 of Hanzomon Station, Kojimachi, Tokyo.
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
Exit 5 is at the northern end of Hanzomon Station and comprises a stair exit on the main street, and an elevator also on the main street, but a little back. Across the road from Exit 5 is the Hotel Monterey Hanzomon, highly regarded for its very reasonably priced rates in such a prime location, for its friendly English-speaking staff, and great breakfast!

The whole length of Hanzomon Station can be traversed underground.

Elevator Exit across from Exit 4, Hanzomon Station.
Sign to the side-street elevator of Hanzomon Station - across from Exit 4


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