This is a stroll garden constructed in Edo-era (17-18th century) Even though it is located the very center of metropolitan Tokyo, you can enjoy old traditional Japanese atmosphere at this seaside park surrounded by relaxing green trees and pond. Because of its seaside location, this park applies “Shio-Iri no Ike” (pond drawing seawater), so changing the scenery by the rise and fall of the tides, is its original feature. There is “Nakajima-no-ochaya” (teahouse in islet) in the middle of the pond, and you can enjoy “Maccha” (green tea) there. Also its scenery of 300-Year Pine’s graceful branches is one of the highlight of this park. This park is just a walking distance from Shinbashi, or Tsukiji, and also there is water-bus access available by using Tokyo Waterfront Line, which enables you to approach to this park with enjoying river cruise of Sumida River, from major tourism spots such as Asakusa, Ryogoku, Odaiba. Package tour of such river cruise and tea ceremony at Nakajima of this park is one of the popular sightseeing routes. Opening time 9:00 am through 5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm) Closing date Year end and new year day (Dec. 29th through Jan. 1st) Admission fee Adults : yen 300 (yen 150 for age 65 or older) Admission free for children of elementary school age, and junior high students who live in or trip to Tokyo. ※1 Group discount available, Free for handicapped person and his/her assistant ※2 Free opening date : May 4th (Green day), Oct. 1st (Day of Tokyo citizens)
The National Art Center, Tokyo
This is an independence type communications tower constructed on 1958, which had been the highest tower in Japan until it was replaced by Tokyo Skytree in 2012. There are two observation decks in 150m high and 250m high. It is still one of the representative tourism spots in Tokyo, where lots of tourist visit both from domestic and overseas. Even though its height is lower than Tokyo Skytree, you can enjoy more dynamic metropolitan Tokyo landscape here, because it stands at Minato-ku, where is the central area of business. Also the “Tokyo One Piece Tower”, which is the theme park of famous comic One Piece, is opened permanently at 5F/4F and is gaining popularity. There is outdoor stairs access route to 150m observation deck available as well. If you are confident for thrill of height and own physical strength, why don’t you try it ? Access Oh-Edo Line : Akabanebashi Sta. Mita Line : Onarimon Sta. Hibiya Line : Kamiya-cho Sta. ＊ If you get off at Daimon Sta. of Asakusa Line, or Hamamtsu-cho Sta. of JR, you can enjoy more scenic approach through Zoh-Jo-Ji Temple in your fornt, although it takes some more time than from above three stations. ＊ Main observation deck (150m) Adults : yen 900, Children : yen 500, Infants : yen 400 (discount for Group, or Handicapped person available)
This is suspension bridge connecting Shibaura and Odaiba of Minato-ku. It is transportation bridge opened in August, 1993, with new transportation system YURIKAMOME in its upper stage, and driveway in lower stage. There are sidewalk available on both sides, so it is possible to go across it on foot. Heading for Odaiba area, you can see good landscape of Tokyo port, and Tower apartment buildings in Toyosu waterfront area in your left hand side, which looks like the waterfront landscape of Man Hatten in NY.
The National Art Center, Tokyo
This is the 5th national museum in Japan, established on 2007 in this Roppongi area. This museum features “museum in the forest” as its concept, and was designed by Japanese famous architect Kisho Kurokawa. Its total floor area is the biggest in Japan. Access Chiyoda Line : Nogizaka Sta. Oh-Edo Line : Roppongi Sta. Hibiya Line : Roppongi Sta. Opening hours 10:00 am through 6:00 pm (admission until 5:30 pm) Closing date Tuesday (or the next weekday, if Tuesday is national holiday, or makeup day)
This is family temple of Tokugawa, Shogun family of Edo-Shogunate, established here on 1598. It has been said that Tokugawa family placed Kanei-Ji Temple (the other family temple of Tokugawa) at Ueno, in order to protect “Kimon” (unlucky direction) of Edo (former Tokyo) directed by Feng Shui studies, and also placed this Zo-Jo-Ji Temple at here in Shiba as it is directed as “Ura-Kimon” (reverse side of unlucky direction). The highlight of this temple is its “San Gedatsu Mon” gate. This gate was established on 1622, and did not suffered by Tokyo Air Raid of World War II, so it remains its original figure, and is designated as Important Cultural Property. This two stories’ gate has roofs for each story respectively, and it has been believed that when you go through this gate, you can be emancipated from the 3 major desires. 6 shoguns out of total 15 shoguns of Tokugawa Shogunate are buried. “Daimon”, the name of this neighborhood, came from the name of former main gate of this Zo-Jo-Ji Temple.
This is 4,300㎡big Japanese stroll type garden made inside area of Roppongi Hills. Former “Daimyo-Yashiki” (feudal lord’s mansion) of Mouri family is the root of this garden. In 2003, Roppongi Hills was built at this trace of “Daimyo-Yashiki” which had once been the Tokyo factory of Nikka whiskey, and this garden was made and named as Mouri-Teien Garden. This is a precious relaxing space among the metropolitan buildings.
This Roppongi is known by everyone as so called mecca of foreign visitors in Tokyo. This is the area where many of foreign people get together from the past, so it is the place having international atmosphere. Especially the Roppongi Street, which stretches from Roppongi intersection towards direction of Tokyo Tower, there are lots of stylish pub or restaurants along the street, it has been bustling nightspot with the highest ratio of foreign visitors in Japan for long time.