Minato City promotion poster
Places introduced in the Minato City promotion poster.
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.
Hi-NODE (High Node)
Hi-NODE is a new facility facing Tokyo Bay that connects regions and regions, people and people, and now and the future. A lawn plaza surrounded by trees, a café and restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea, and a bridge connecting sunrise to bamboo turf in fantastic light at night. Surrounded by the sea, although it is located in the city, this Hi-NODE creates a new relationship between the seaand the living.
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
One of the ten shrines of Tokyo. Founded in 951 (Tenryaku 5), the current shrine was built in 1729 (Kyoho 14), on the orders of the 8th Tokugawa shogun of the Edo era, Yoshimune. Since then it miraculously escaped being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake and is designated as a Tokyo cultural property that exists as it did during its original construction. The grounds include great numbers of Edo era sights, from natural monuments to torii gates, stone lion-dog guardians, hanging lanterns and more. It is well known as a marriage shrine, with many weddings held there.
Azabu Nanbuzaka Church
He began his activities in the 1910s and was officially established as a church in 1920. Since the establishment of the church, it has operated the attached Nanasaka Kindergarten. The church, built in 1933, was designed by W.M. Voriz, who came to Japan as a missionary. It is made in a multilayered manner taking advantage of the conditions of slope, and the first floor is a kindergarten and the second floor is a chapel. The walls and auditoriums of the interior of the chapel, designed by Voriz, are still preserved. Adjacent to the German Embassy, Arisugawa Palace Memorial Park is in front of you. Some people visit the church while visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library in the park.
Minato City Center for Traditional Culture
Built in 1936, it is the last wooden geisha call-office building still remaining in Tokyo, and it is a Designated Tangible Cultural Property of Minato City. It was opened in April 2020 with the aim of passing down traditional culture and promoting the local community. Please come visit us!
Minato city-established Minato Science Museum
This new science museum opened in June 2020. It has a laboratory with workshops on programming, science experiments, and permanent exhibition corner (free) where you can discover science in our everyday life. The planetarium hall is equipped with an Orpheus projector that projects 8 million stars against a concurrent 4K video background. Television programs like the in-house original 'Minato's time and a walk under the starry skies' that allow rediscovery of Minato's charm are showed in the planetarium. It also screens 'A 1.38 billion light year-journey across deep space', narrated by Minato's tourism embassador Akemi Masuda. Along with the hourly screenings, you can enjoy a lively storytelling from planetarium curators about astronomy. It is situated in the town center 4 minutes of walking from Toranomon Hills station, so why not give this place a visit? The Japanese Meteorological Agency and meteorology museum are in the same building.
WATERS Takeshiba is a waterfront multiplex with a rich natural environment located in front of the Hamarikyu Gardens. The facilities include a 26-floor tower, a theater relocated from the Gekidan Shiki 2nd Theater, a plaza, and a 10-floor parking lot. Other than offices, the building houses the luxury hotel "Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection", the first collaboration between JR East Japan Group's Nippon Hotel and Marriot International, the commercial facility "Atelier Takeshiba" which offers a space that satisfies your curiosity for new creative works with the vision of providing "A playground for the senses", the new theater of the Gekidan Shiki that has nurtured culture and art in Takeshiba for a long time, "JR East Japan Shiki Theater [Spring] [Autumn]", the "Takeshiba Wharf" that makes full use of the riverside environment, the "Takeshiba Mudflat", and more. We will continue to focus on developing the multiplex as a base from which to promote culture and art by making full use of the riverside environment.
In the Edo period, at a particular daimyo's spare residence in Nagato Hagi-han (modern day Yamaguchi Prefecture), there were so many cypress trees that it was known as the Hinoki Yashiki (or Cypress Manor). At the same time, there was a famous garden called Kiyomizu Tei (or Spring Water Pavilion). In the 40th year of the Showa era, it became a park in Minato Ward, with a cypress-covered hill running alongside it.
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
In the 8th year of the Showa era, the art museum was opened in the Former Residence of Prince Asaka. The architecture and garden together are treated as a work of art, the building adopting the art deco style that was at its height of prosperity in the early 20th century. The doors in the front entrance hall and chandeliers in the former great dining hall were made by Rene Lalique, master of Art Deco glass. Until it was opened to the public in the 58th year of the Showa era, it was called "illusory architecture." The silver guest house was used as lodging for special guests from abroad, up until it became an art museum. In the spacious garden, there is also a large cherry tree to delight visitors. It is also possible to visit the garden only, which is introduced by photos of seasonal landscapes on the official website. In each season, there are flowers to enjoy. It is also possible to visit the garden only. Please refer to the seasonal flower calendar on the official website.
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.
Minato City Local History Museum
Displays documents, old literature, Ukiyo-e art, folk equipment, and more excavated from ruins on the city grounds. In the "Please Touch the Exhibits Room", there are skeletons of the Minke Whale and Jomon pottery on display.
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.
Advertising Museum Tokyo
A comprehensive advertising archive established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hideo Yoshida, aiming to develop the theory of marketing and advertising. It collects over 13,000 digitized documents offering a glance at the history of advertising and the state of society from the Edo era up until today. Among these, "20th Century Advertising" is divided into 10-year increments, with newspapers, magazines, books and hit products that represent each period displayed either as actual items or replicas. You can encounter items drenched in powerful feelings of "how nostalgic, that reminds me of that time..." In addition, it includes an advertising library collecting information search corners and plenty of technical documents, a perfect place for searching and browsing advertising materials.