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.
Geihinkan (Akasaka Rikyu)
"Akasaka Rikyu" was built as the Imperial Palace in Meiji 42. It was renovated in 1974 and was installed as a "Geihinkan" of the country. The brilliant appearance of white and blue tones mimics the Palace of Versailles. It was also the venue for the summit to meet many VIPs. Public viewing is a lottery system once a 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 Department two Enoki branch office
The Takanawa Fire Department, which faces the intersection of Takanawa police station, was inaugurated on December 28, 1958, and is designated as a legacy of modern architecture (Germany Expressionism) as a preserved building by the Tokyo Metropolitan Cultural Design business. The fire trucks that are located are one pump car, one chemical car and one supply vehicle. You can visit the inside of the government office.
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.
The symbol of Tokyo Japan, which opened in 1958 (Showa 33) and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. It is a comprehensive radio tower with a height of 333m, and the main deck (150m height) and top deck (250m height) located in Tokyo Uptown Overlook the city of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tsukuba and Tokyo, and is a popular spot for tourists from all over the world, not to mention Japan. "Landmark Light", which gave the impact of champion, "changed the night view of Tokyo", and "Diamond Veil" which started the 50th anniversary of the opening of the business, are directing the night view of Tokyo in various light-up. The foot town of the building on the ground is a spot where the Tokyo one-piece tower of the large theme park and the souvenir shop are enriched in the café, and can play all day with various events held throughout the year. The number of visitors exceeded the population of Japan and surpassed 180 million people in 2018 (Heisei 30). In June 2013, it became a registered tangible cultural property of the country.
Rainbow Bridge - The suspension bridge of the future, built from a carefully considered design
The largest bridge in the capital, connecting the Shibaura District and the seaside Fukutoshin Center at about 800m long. The symbolic presence of Tokyo gives a beautiful silhouette to Tokyo Bay. The upper layer is the capital high speed, the lower layer is a double structure running on the road, promenade and new transit. The promenade is 1.7 km (20-30 minutes on foot) and offers views of Tokyo Tower and Odaiba.
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.