A meeting of trendy and historic! Minato-ku as a cosmopolitan city
The place where Minato stands today has twice been turned to rubble, receiving catastrophic damage from the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Second World War. However, following the war, many former Japanese Army facilities were handed over to the US armed forces, and many US troops were stationed in Minato, where there were a lot of military establishments. There were also the embassies of various countries since pre-war days, and Minato soon became a new western-style business district.
In addition, as Japan faced postwar reconstruction, re-entry into global society, and hosting the Tokyo Olympics, there was a need for international institutions, and ultramodern buildings were constructed one after another in Minato. With the changing times, the trends of each generation become history, and the next trend is born. Minato is an intersection connecting the trends of the past and present.
Akasaka Palace State Guest House- Japan's first western-style palace
Postwar, it was used as a government office building, before being opened as the State Guest House in 1974. In 2009, the original structures such as the main building, main entrance, and fountain were designated as national treasures, as they exemplify the peak of modern western-style architecture in Meiji times. Many people visit every day to experience the beautiful architecture of Japan's only Neo-Baroque western-style palace.
Akasaka Palace (the State Guest House)
Akasaka Palace was built in the 42d year of the Meiji Era (1909) as the Palace for the Crown Prince. It was renovated in the 49th year of the Showa Era (1974) and established as the nation's State Guest House. The Palace of Versailles was used as a reference for Akasaka Palace's magnificent exterior, which is based upon the colors white and blue. Akasaka Palace receives many VIPs and has become a venue for summits. It is presently open to the public throughout the year.
Takanawa Fire Department Nihonenoki Branch - A retro fire station that is still active today
The lower part of the first floor wall shows granite masonry; the eaves and window ledges, an exposed aggregate finish; the entryway is also granite with a wooden door. The third-floor auditorium exhibits firefighting tools from the Edo and Meiji periods. Visits are accepted with advance reservation, allowing you to simultaneously examine a fire department and this historic structure.
*Visits may not be possible in the event of an emergency.
Takanawa fire station Nihon-enoki branch
The Takanawa fire station Nihon-enoki branch, facing the Takanawa Keisatsuchomae intersectoin, was completed in December 28 1933. It has been designated as a preserved building by the Tokyo cultural design project for its modern German Expressionist architecture. it's assigned fire vehicles are 1 fire truck, 1 chemical fire engine, and 1 supply engine. It is possible to visit the inside of the building.
Tokyo Tower- A symbol of postwar recovery
By the way, Tokyo Tower's characteristic coloring is determined by the Civil Aeronautics Act, and cannot be freely changed. In 1986, with an amendment the act, the tower's original 11 equal stripes of alternating white and international orange were repainted into 7 equal stripes, and a more reddish shade of international orange was used.
Opened in 1958, this symbol of Tokyo, and of Japan itself, saw its 60th anniversary back in 2018. Located in Tokyo's Yamanote area, this 333m tall radio tower has both a main deck (150m high) and top deck (250m high) from which you can look out over Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tsukuba, and all of the Tokyo metropolis itself, making it a popular tourist spot not just among the Japanese, but with tourists from all around the world. The tower's 'Landmark Light' is widely acknowledged to have completely transformed Tokyo's nightscape, and together with the 'Diamond Veil' illuminations launched to mark the tower's 50th anniversary, they're able to paint all manner of pictures in Tokyo's night skyline. The tower's 'Foot Town' building is replete with services including cafes and souvenir shops, and also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, making the tower the perfect spot for a fun-filled day trip. The number of visitors to the tower's observation decks has surpassed the total population of Japan, breaking the 180 million people milestone in 2018. In June of 2013 the tower was officially recognized as tangible cultural property of Japan.
Rainbow Bridge - The suspension bridge of the future, built from a carefully considered design
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.
National Art Center, Tokyo - A new point of art dissemination, from a gallery with a beautiful facade surrounded by forest
The concept was "an art gallery in the middle of a forest", and it was created as a dynamic and open space, in harmony with its verdant surroundings.
In the cosmopolitan city of Minato, where a variety of information accumulates, this gallery has become a new point of art dissemination, functioning as an art center with the roles of cultivating Japanese art culture and spreading international art news.