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  • Atago Jinja
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Atago 1-5-3
    This shrine located in Atago’s office zone in Tokyo’s Minato City is built atop the natural mountain Mt. Atago. It was constructed under the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 for the deity of fire protection, and its principle enshrined deity is the god of fire “Homusubi-no-mikoto.” The stone steps at the front are called the “Shusse no Ishidan” (Stairway of Success), well-known for an occasion when a samurai rode his horse up and down the steps and earned the praise of shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. The premises of the shrine are like an oasis offering opportunities to enjoy cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, and they are often visited by many of the nearby office workers.
  • Hie Jinja Shrine
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Nagatachou 2-10-5
    This shrine located in the Nagatacho district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is considered to have begun when Ota Dokan constructed the Edo Castle in 1478 and transferred the guardian deity of Kawagoe Hie Jinja Shrine. After that, it became the tutelary shrine of Edo Castle and the deity was revered as the guardian of the Imperial Palace. Since the current shaden (main building) has been reconstructed, there are 123 works of art on the ceiling of the haiden (worship hall) to commemorate the 50th anniversary since reconstruction. The Sanno torii gate built in the direction of Akasaka is also famous for its unusual shape. Every year in June the Sanno Festival is held which is one of the big three Edo festivals, and the approximately 300-meter long festival procession is quite a sight.

    Its truly amazing how there are shrines and temples that take the hustle and bustle out of the city with a few steps into them. It is a relaxing feature that more urban planners should incorporate.

  • Zojoji Temple
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-7-35
    This temple that belongs to the Jodo sect is located in Shiba Park in Tokyo’s Minato City and is situated close to the base of Tokyo Tower. Zojoji Temple was founded by the monk Yuyo Shoso shonin in 1393 as an orthodox and fundamental nembutsu seminary for the Jodo sect. It used to be a large-scale temple with more than 120 buildings and more than 100 dormitories, and structures such as the Important Cultural Property Sangedatsumon (Three Gates of Liberation) that escaped damage from the war and the reconstructed main hall give an indication of the temple’s former glory. Tokyo Tower can be seen in the background behind the main hall, making this a popular photo spot. Inside the temple is the mausoleum of the Tokugawa family which contains six of the 15 Tokugawa shoguns.

    Right at the heart of Tokyos Central Business District, you could get here via 3 subway lines - Onariomon Station or Shiba-Koen Station, Daimon Station on the Oedo subway line and by JR line - a...

  • Suntory Hall
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 1-13-1
    This classical music concert hall opened in 1986 in “Akasaka Ark Hills” in Minato City, Tokyo. There are two halls, a main hall and a small hall. In pursuit of “the world’s most beautiful sound,” the main hall adopted the “Vineyard-style” of architecture in which all 2006 seats are arranged like the sloping terrace of a vineyard. The lobby, with a drinks corner and shop, is designed as an adult social gathering place where you can enjoy chatting before the performance. Please note that the hall will be closed until August 31, 2017 for renovations.
  • The National Art Center, Tokyo
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 7-22-2
    This is a museum located in Roppongi with the largest floor area in Japan. It opened in 2007 as the fifth National Art Museum in Japan. A variety of exhibitions taking advantage of the exhibition space of 14,000 square meters are held here. It is famous as the last museum involving Kisho Kurokawa, a representative architect of Japan. A unique tea salon at the top of the inverted cone is a popular spot that also appears in movies, etc.
  • Tokyo Mielparque Hall
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 2-5-20
    This is an event hall with lavish interior decorations oriented towards Western music and Western-style dance located in Shiba Park in Tokyo’s Minato City. The facility is part of the Hotel Mielparque Tokyo. Equipped with an orchestra pit, in addition to holding ballet performances, concerts, and kayo (Japanese ballad music) shows, it is also often used for school entrance/graduation ceremonies as well as company events. It has 1,582 seats divided into first and second floor seating areas, which are set at an incline for better views of the stage.
  • Ex Theater Roppongi
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Nishiazabu 1-2-9
    A performing arts theater operated by TV Asahi and located on Roppongi-dori Avenue in Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo. The theater is used to host events such as concerts, theater performances, rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling), and movies. The theater is also used for the Tokyo International Film Festival and for live broadcasts of the television show Music Station.

    TOKYO is packed with live music stages of all sizes ranging from claustrophobic clubs such as the Cyclone in Shibuya (which is mystery to me how they can survive a fire inspection having double meat...

  • Yamatane Museum of Art
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Hiro 3-12-36
    This art museum which opened in 1966 in the Hiroo district of Tokyo’s Shibuya City is dedicated to collecting and displaying nihonga (Japanese paintings). Primarily featuring a collection of nihonga which were collected by the founder of Yamatane Securities, Yamazaki Taneji, it counts approximately 1,800 works of modern and contemporary nihonga. With six works that are Important Cultural Properties including Gyoshu Hayami’s “Dancing in the Flames” and “Camellia Petals Scattering,” the museum features the works of important painters in the history of nihonga. Instead of regular exhibitions, the museum holds exhibitions several times in the year. The wagashi (Japanese sweets) and original merchandise in the museum shop based on motifs of the museum works are popular.

    This museum is a hidden jewel tucked away on a street leading from Ebisu to Roppongi Dori. It features Nihonga or modern Japanese art, in which Japanese artists used natural paints extracted from...

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Mori Art Museum
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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...

  • Suntory Museum of Art
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-4 Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F
    This is an art gallery with a focus on Japanese ancient art located on the third floor of Tokyo Midtown Galleria Museum. Besides the National Treasure “Box with fusenryou design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e”, the gallery is home to about 3,000 works of art. There is no permanent exhibition, but wonderful planned exhibitions not bound by the norms of regular exhibitions including paintings, ceramics, lacquer work, etc. are held. In addition, the tea room “Genchoan” offers Matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets. The nearest station is Roppongi Station.

    サントリー美術館にあるカフェとショップです。お土産品も買えるし、コーヒーを飲むことができるので一石二鳥ですね。

  • Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
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    44 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 8-1-22
    This place typically displays and sells approximately 3,500 items of traditional craftsmanship from around Japan that have received special designation from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, including textiles, pottery and Japanese washi paper. In addition to the usual exhibits, they host special exhibitions that change every two weeks. Popular features include the performance corner where one can watch craftsmen use their artisanal techniques up close, and the corner that allows visitors to try making their own crafts. It’s an excellent place not only to find everyday items but also souvenirs that are unique to Japan.

    This is a shop I would want to take visitors that want to take back something nice. Most of the items sold here are of actual use (plates, glasses, etc) but the high end stuff - similar to what you’d...

  • 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-6 Tokyo Midtown/Garden
    Located in Tokyo Midtown, a multi-purpose complex directly connected to Roppongi Station, this museum holds exhibitions about design. Unlike traditional museums it was created to “think about daily articles from a design perspective, create objects and propose new ideas.” It is mainly host to organized exhibitions but also features talks and other events. The architecture of the building was designed by Tadao Ando and makes for a very unique exterior, such as with its roof made of one folded iron plate.

    Im not a bug person, so wasnt sure I would enjoy the Insects:Model for Design exhibition, but I couldnt have been more wrong. I was captivated from the very beginning. Who doesnt love a larger...

  • Mori Arts Center Gallery
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F
    An art gallery on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower built alongside a viewing deck. In addition to special exhibitions operated in cooperation with world-class art museums, the facility also hosts a variety of Cool Japan art shows covering topics such as anime, manga, and video games. Together with the Mori Art Museum on the 53rd floor, this popular tourism spot provides visitors with the chance to enjoy high quality art not beholden to any specific genre or existing framework.
  • 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.
  • Juban Inari-jinja Shrine
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Azabujuban 1-4-6
    A Shinto shrine located near Azabu-Juban Station. Connected with the legend of Gama Pond and locally known as the Treasure Ship Shrine, a statue of a treasure ship being ridding by the Seven Gods of Fortune can be found on the left side of the shrine's torii gate, while a statue of a frog stands on the right. The treasure ship statue is considered very lucky and all seven gods are depicted in great detail. The frog statue is called Kaeru-san (Mr. Frog) by local people-because kaeru can also mean to come back or to return, it is believed that the frog can bring back happiness and property to people who have lost these things, as well as aid in making a safe return home, and many people visit the shrine to pray for a safe trip or for the health of someone sick.

    大江戸線駅7番出口を出ると右手すぐにあります。かえるさん石像、宝船があります。小さな小さな神社ですが、元旦からの七福神巡りや酉の市では賑わいます。春には入口に大きな桜の木があり季節感も感じさせてくれる神社です。

  • Gyokuho-ji Temple
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    10 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Mita 4-11-19
    A Soto Buddhist temple located in 4 Chome Mita, Minato City. According to an ancient legend, a bruise on the face of the temple's chief priest was healed after rubbing makeup powder on the face of a Jizo (Kshitigarbha) statue located on the grounds. Popularly known as the Powder Jizo, the statue is said to aid in attaining beauty and is quickly becoming a popular attraction.

    三田の幽霊坂中腹の丁字路つきあたりの場所にある曹洞宗のお寺です。山門向かって左側には御化粧延命地蔵尊を祀った小さなお堂があります。

  • Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Motoakasaka 1-chome 4-7
  • Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 6-10-12

    This is a Shinto Shrine where the primary spiritual guardian of Akasaka is enshrined. The guardian protects against misfortune, gives peace and prosperity. People also prayed for good match. During...

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