Commemorative spots that showcase the connection between Japan and the U.S. are also included! Guide to the English version of the "Minato Ward Golden Route"
Starting from Hamamatsucho Station, the "gateway to Central Tokyo"
Since the 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established the shogunate (government by samurai) in Edo (present-day Tokyo), Edo, which had been facing development and population growth, has built reclaimed land on the sea and expanded the size of the city. The Takeshiba area was also sea until the early 1920s. Today, the area is home to Takeshiba Wharf, where boats connect the city center with Tokyo's islands, and along with Odaiba across Tokyo Bay, it is one of Tokyo's leading bayfront scenic zones.
For more information on Takeshiba, please refer to this article.
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The bridge is an essential part of sightseeing in Tokyo!
The largest bridge in Metropolitan Tokyo, the Rainbow Bridge connects the Shibaura area to the Tokyo Waterfront City, with a length of about 800 meters. The bridge is a symbol of Tokyo and gives a beautiful silhouette to Tokyo Bay. The upper portion is the Shuto Expressway, and the lower portion is a double structure with general roads, pedestrian promenades, and the New Transit Yurikamome Line. You can enjoy a view of Tokyo Tower and Odaiba from the 1.7 km (20-30 walk) pedestrian premenade.
[Video Article] Take a Running Trip Around Tokyo's Minato Ward! Enjoy Running Around Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower
Memorial spots that show the connection between Japan and the U.S.
The entire area around Azabu Juban Station is the Azabu Juban shopping district, a bustling area that combines the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese shopping district with the scenery of modern stores and restaurants.
This shopping street extends from Azabujuban Station toward Roppongi, and its history goes all the way back to Japan's Edo era. The street is lined with many long-standing shops, and even though it's located right in the center of the city, it still has that calm, friendly downtown atmosphere that it once had in years past. There are also many rows of newer stores as well that have a stylish ambiance and attract large numbers of shoppers from abroad. The rest spot Patio Juban features a statue of a girl named "Kimi-chan," who watches over the Azabujuban neighborhood.
This temple was founded by the Buddhist monk Kōbō Daishi in the year 824, the first year of the Tencho era of the Heian period. Shinran, a monk designated bodhisattva, visited this temple in the Kamakura period. The priest Ryoukai who received him had such esteem for Shinran's virtue that he converted the entire temple complex to Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land School) Buddhism. During the Bakufu (the closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate), the first American envoy, Townsend Harris, was received here. This temple, where the bonds of Japanese-American friendship were deepened, was also frequently visited by such eminent figures as Yukichi Fukuzawa and Masuda Takashi, who built the foundation of modern Japan. On the temple grounds, the "Ginkgo Tree at Zenpukuji" has been designated as a protected natural monument, it is over 750 years old.
Pray for good luck in the New Year at a fun new year's visit spot for a history walk! Special feature on shrines, temples and power spots in Minato-ku, Tokyo
Riding the subway again to one of the most beautiful spots in Minato Ward
The area around Aoyama-icchome Station is home to many fashion and design-related offices. On the other hand, there are also many showrooms of automobile manufacturers, and the Honda headquarters building, which houses the Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama, a hands-on showroom, is located near the station.
A five-minute walk from this Aoyama-icchome station is "Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki," the spot that was of most interest to English-speaking foreign tourists in our survey.
Recommended rainy day sightseeing spots in Tokyo's Minato Ward, which you can reach from the station almost without getting wet.
Information on the Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki can be found in this article!
Enjoy an entire day in a city colored with the red of autumn leaves! Special Minato-ku "colorful autumn leaves" edition full with places to enjoy the autumn colors from tree-lined avenues to parks
"Video Article" Lunch at the gardens of "Meiji Memorial Hall" in Motoakasaka
You can go almost without getting wet from the station, recommended sightseeing spots on rainy days in Minato Ward, Tokyo https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/ja-jp/articles/414
《Information on Jingu Gaien Ichō trees is also in this article! 》
Enjoy the city full of autumn leaves for a day! Minato Ward "Autumn Leaves" feature with plenty of ways to enjoy from tree-lined streets to parks https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/ja-jp/articles/243
【Video article】I want to visit with the autumn leaves sightseeing of Meiji Jingu Gaien Ichō Avenue! Experience a garden lunch at the former Akasaka "Meiji Kinenkan" https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/ja-jp/articles/436
Sum it up with a dolphin performance!
Shinagawa Station is one of the first train stations in the history of Japanese railroads, which first began operating between Shimbashi and Yokohama in 1872. In the fall of 2022, which marks the "150th anniversary of Japan's first railroad," various memorial events are held at the station. The place to visit at Shinagawa station is Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, located in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, just outside the station's Takanawa Exit.
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa
Cutting-edge TOKYO entertainment that brings together sound, light, video, and animals. About 20,000 animals from 350 species will be represented through diverse productions expressed with seasonal themes. The dolphin performance held in the 360-degree stadium style venue is popular for the programs that change entirely from day to night.
[Video Article] Introducing Our Choice of "Cute Animals" within "Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa" Aquarium
Let's take a look back at the spots we visited this time in a ranking format. The top 5 most searched spots on the Minato City Tourism Association's English website are as follows.
No. 5 Rainbow Bridge
No. 4 Aqua Park Shinagawa
No. 3 Waters Takeshiba
No. 2 Zempukuji Ginkgo
No. 1 Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Namiki
The top two spots in the list are related to ginkgo trees, indicating that Minato City is a popular place to appreciate nature in spite of its urban location. The Minato City Tourist Association's website offers many other tourist information on Minato City in English. Get all kinds of information, and when you visit Japan, come on over to Minato City, Tokyo!