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  • Nezu Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Minamiaoyama 6-5-1
    This art museum located in Minami Aoyama opened in 1941 to conserve and exhibit the collection of Kaichiro Nezu, whose career included being president of Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. The collection of over 7,400 items (as of March 2016) is mostly comprised of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art, and encompasses many National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, and important works of art. In addition to the galleries in the main building, visitors can also view the Japanese garden that includes a teahouse, a stone Buddhist image, and stone lanterns.

    We went back this time just for the gardens. It is a short trip but well work the subway ride and the couple blocks of walling to view the gardens in any season.

  • Yomiuri Otemachi Hall
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Otemachi 1-7-1 Yomiuri Newspaper Building 4F
    This is an event hall located on floors three through five of the Yomiuri Shimbun’s Tokyo headquarters. It features a construction with two auditoriums: the 500-seat Yomiuri Otemachi Hall which is uses for classical music concerts, preview screenings of movies, symposiums and performances of traditional art with its installed noh stage, and Yomiuri Otemachi Small Hall which is used for various functions including seminars, workshops and parties. It is directly accessible from Otemachi Station’s C3 exit.
  • Yurakucho MULLION
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 2-chome 5-1
    A multipurpose commercial facility located a three-minute walk from Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line. The facility’s official name is the Yurakucho Center Building. The famous great clock on the outside of the building announces the hour by opening to reveal an animatronic performance and has become a popular meeting spot. A central atrium divides shopping areas on the left and right, and the facility hosts the Hankyu MEN’S Tokyo and LUMINE department stores, cafes, restaurants, the Yurakucho Asahi Hall with theater and gallery, and a movie theater.
  • Bunkamura The Museum
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1BunkamuraB1F
    A freestyle art museum located inside the Bunkamura complex just a seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit. A great variety of exhibitions focusing on the latest trends in modern art are held in the museum’s stylish and elegant atmosphere. The museum’s shows include displays of famed masterpieces belonging to museums around the world and solo exhibitions by artists rarely seen in Japan. In terms of themes, foresight, and topicality, Bunkamura The Museum’s exhibitions have been well-received not only in Japan but internationally as well. In order to make it easier for visitors to enjoy art, the museum is open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Ikegami Honmonji Temple
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    Tokyo Ota-ku Ikegami 1-1-1
    This is the head temple of the Nichiren school of Buddhism which is located in Ota City, Tokyo and is known as the temple where Saint Nichiren passed away (his deathbed). After the death of saint Nichiren, the then lord of Musashi Province, Ikegami Munenaka donated the temple grounds. On the grounds, there are many cultural assets of national importance such as the Ikegami Honmonji five-storied pagoda and a wooden seated statue of the Saint Nichiren. There are many Tangible Cultural Properties existing within Tokyo. A commemoration of the death of Saint Nichiren held on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th of October every year to commemorate his death which occurred on the 13th—the “Oeshiki ceremony”—is celebrated at many places throughout the country but the most prestigious festival is conducted here on the evening of the 12th when some 300,000 people gather to visit the shrine. The highlight is the “Mando” (Buddhist lantern festival) rite in which about 3,000 people carry sacred lanterns decorated with cherry blossoms, called the “Mando neri kuyo” or Buddhist lantern procession. The nearest station to the temple is Ikegami Station.

    I would love to recommend to visit this temple, the architectural view is excellent and one feel vibe if they move on that place. group of people can easily move and can observe the beauty.

  • FORUM8
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-10-7 Shin Ozong Building 8F
    An event hall and rental meeting room facility located a convenient five-minute walk from Shibuya Station. The facility is comprised of five halls and a whopping 58 meeting rooms, including the large 700 Hall, capable of accommodating up to 408 people. Offering rooms able to host a wide variety of group sizes, FORUM8 can be used for all manner of events, from small meetings to large-scale parties. FORUM8 also has catering services, a large parking area, and internet access.
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 3-1
    Located close to the South Entrance to Kitanomaru Park, near the Imperial Palace, the National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), which opened in 1952, was Japan’s first national art museum. The MOMAT Collection features around 200 items from the more than 12,500 artworks held by the museum, showcasing a wide range of works in various genres—including Nihonga (Japanese-style modern painting), Western-style oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photographs, etc.—from the early 20th century to the present day. Several special exhibitions on unique themes are held every year.
  • Gotoku-ji Temple
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    404 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in 2 Chome Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo. The temple was built in 1480 by Kira Masatada, then lord of Setagaya Castle. According to a historical anecdote, a man named Ii Naotaka, the second lord of Hikone Domain (which also ruled Setagaya subsequently), escaped being struck by lightning after a cat beckoned him to enter the temple, and thus the temple is also said to be the origin of Japan's famed maneki-neko beckoning cat figures. Countless beckoning cat figures are arranged around the temple's grounds, and many tourists visit the temple to see this stunning sight.

    Quite a walk but then it is a peaceful area. With many great pic spots. I put a small neko with my name there. Friendly people at the temple a totally worth the time to go.

  • Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum
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    332 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koganeishi Sakurachou 3-7-1 In the Metropolitan Koganei Park
    This is an outdoor museum that exhibits historical buildings reconstructed from the metropolitan Koganei Park. It was established as an annex of the Edo-Tokyo Museum. In this museum, there are more than 30 restored buildings that date back to the Edo and early Showa periods. In the Center Zone are several reconstructed buildings such as Jisho-in Mausoleum (Otama-ya) and the residence of Takahashi Korekiyo who was assassinated in the 2.26 Incident. There are also reconstructed houses from Yamanote at the West Zone and at the East Zone visitors can enjoy a traditional neighborhood atmosphere with stores, public baths, and bars.

    A very underrated museum. Its popularity does not seem to match its greatness. Most people do not know about this place, hence the almost zero crowd. While its a good thing for me personally, it...

  • House of Councillors, The National Diet of Japan
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Nagatachou 1-7-1
    Located in Nagatacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, the National Diet Building is the center of politics in Japan. It is symmetrical left-to-right, with the left side being the House of Representatives and the right side being the House of Councilors. You can tour the House of Councilors on weekdays. However, for groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is necessary.
  • Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    316 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Tomioka 1-20-3
    This shrine located in the Tomioka district of Tokyo’s Koto City is affectionately known as the “Hachiman-sama of Fukagawa” and was established in 1624. The shrine attracted religious faith from the commoners as a tutelary shrine under the Tokugawa shogun family, and every year around August 15th the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri (Fukagawa Matsuri) procession is held which is said to be one of the three largest festivals of Edo, boasting Japan’s largest ichi-no-miya mikoshi (portable shrine). It is also famous as the birthplace of Edo’s Kanjin-zumo, and there are many stone monuments on the premises such as the Yokozuna Stone, a stone monument to commend successive yokozuna sumo wrestlers.

    Interesting flea market held at the temple on Sunday mornings. As you might expect, lots of Japanese arts and crafts. Prices seemed reasonable. Worth combining with a visit to the nearby Fukugawa...

  • Sengakuji
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    620 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Takanawa 2-11-1
    This is a temple of the Soto sect known for containing the cemetery of Asano Naganori and the 47 Akoroshi (Akogishi) warriors famous for “Chushingura” the story of how they avenged the death of their master ending in their death. It is a temple built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu in outer Sakurada to mourn for Imagawa Yoshimoto. After being destroyed by fire the temple was moved to Takanawa, Minato City in Tokyo. On the grounds there is Ako Gishi's Memorial Hall, a memorial hall for the Akogishi Warriors and many artefacts are on display. Many people visit the temple in the spring and winter when a festival for the warriors is held.

    great opportunity to know more about the 47 ronins.! Yeah, they really existed!. You will take about 45 minutos to know this place that is one block from metro station.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shirokanedai 5-21-9
    An art museum located in Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo. The museum is housed in the former residence of Prince Asaka, an art deco structure built in the early Showa period (1920s to 30s) now designated an Important Cultural Property. The museum conducts a variety of exhibitions on art deco and other themes. A new annex was built in 2014. Elevators were also installed and work was continued on the museum garden, with all construction finally being completed and all museum facilities being opened to the public in March 2018.
  • Hanazono Shinto Shrine
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    581 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 5-17-3
    This shrine located in a corner of the downtown Shinjuku district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City has enshrined the sochinju (local Shinto deity) of Shinjuku since before the Edo Shogunate. Because it was constructed on a beautiful hanazono (“flower garden”) when it was moved in the late 1700s, it was called the Hanazono Inari Jinja, which is the origin of the current shrine name. On the premises are the Itoku Inari Jinja Shrine which is for prayers about prosperity in business, conception of children, and marriage, and the Geino Asama Jinja Shrine which enshrines the deity of performing arts, and the shrine is visited by many worshippers that are women or performers. Every year on the Tori-no-Hi (Bird Day) in November, a Tori-no-Ichi (Bird Day Fair) is held, and this is the shrine’s biggest event that draws a crowd of visitors.

    This pretty shrine is just round the corner from Golden Gai and Kabukicho, so its worth just popping along for a few minutes. The entrance way we used was particularly pretty all lit up at night!

  • Takahata Fudoson
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    192 Reviews
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    Tokyo Hinoshi Takahata 733
    This temple located in the Takahata district of Tokyo’s Hino City is the special head temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism and its official name is “Takahatasan Myooin Kongo-ji Temple.” It was opened in the early Heian Period (794–1185) by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi) as a sacred ground for Tokan Chingo. Attracting faith as one of the Kanto region’s three largest fudo temples, it retains many important cultural properties such as the Fudo-do hall and its principal image of Fudo-myo’o (Acala), and the Niomon (Deva gate) with Kongo rikishi (Deva kings) statues on either side. The stone monument and bronze statue of Shinsengumi member Hijikata Toshizo (a military leader who helped Japan modernize in the transition from feudalism known as the Meiji Restoration of 1868) is another highlight. The temple is visited by many worshipers for hatsu-mode (New Year’s visit), the temple festival held on the 28th of each month, and the mountain hydrangea season in June.

    Hidden gem, I would highly recommend going around the area. And to the high view points, where you can get beautiful views of the shrines

  • Mori Art Museum
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    4.5
    1089 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F
    This international modern art gallery is located on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. A variety of planned exhibits are hosted throughout the year during which times the gallery remains open until 10 p.m. (excluding Tuesdays), allowing one to casually stop by after work or dinner. The 52nd floor, Tokyo City View, cafes and restaurants offer a panoramic view of Tokyo while enjoying a meal or tea. The closest station is Roppongi Station.

    This museum is really a design museum with plenty of conceptual and architectural designs on exhibit. From city and neighborhood design focused on sustainability to film set and effects design, this...

  • Fuchu City Kyodo-no-Mori Museum
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    64 Reviews
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    Tokyo Fuchushi Minamichou 6-32
    This outdoor museum located in the Minamicho district of Tokyo’s Fuchu City is a facility that allows visitors to learn about the nature and history of Fuchu primarily through buildings. Important structures from the Edo period to the early Showa period such as the former Fuchu town hall government office building and Fuchu stores, townhouse and farmhouses have been relocated and are now stored on the premises that span approximately 140,000 square meters. In the main building are regular displays of local materials about Fuchu, and together with the outdoor buildings visitors can learn about Fuchu’s people and history. On the flat level floor is Japan’s largest planetarium.

    An open air museum with buildings that date to the Edo and Showa periods. Very interesting and well maintained. The agriculture house and water wheel are beautiful. The hydrangea is just starting to...

  • The National Museum of Western Art
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Uenokouen 7-7
    This art museum located within Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Park) in Tokyo’s Taito City is dedicated to collecting and displaying Western art. The main building itself is one attraction, having been designed by French architect Le Corbusier and registered as World Cultural Heritage site in 2016. With its core Matsukata Collection, a collection of works that belonged to businessman Kojiro Matsukata and were returned by the French government, the museum regularly displays Western paintings from pre-18th century paintings to early 20th century paintings such as Monet and Renoir, as well as French contemporary sculpture. It also holds many special exhibitions.

    Well worth a visit. Lovely collection. Its not huge but its very interesting. Some real gems. Well worth visiting.

  • Ota Memorial Museum of Art
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 1-10-10
    An art museum established to publicly display the collection of ukiyoe woodblock print art assembled by former Toho Insurance Company president Seizo Ota V. In addition to works by ukiyoe masters such as Utamaro, Hokusai, and Hiroshige, the museum also displays a broad array of works presenting a comprehensive history of the art form.

    A small but wonderful collection of lesser known ukiyo e artist. Well presented with easy access from the Harajuku Station.

  • Izumo Oyashiro Tokyo Bunshi shrine
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    61 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 7-18-5
    A Shinto shrine located at 7 Chome Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo. The shrine is jointly dedicated to the god Okuninushi no Okami together with the Izumo Oyashiro shrine in Shimane Prefecture. The shrine is famous for being one of the first Shinto shrines in Tokyo to hold Shinto-style weddings in the Meiji period.

    not an easy place to find, needed google map to get to this shrine, this is the shrine to pray for love.

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