3 Best Areas to Enjoy Architecture in Tokyo

Omotesando Tokyo Plaza shopping Places to visit in Tokyo

When you visit Tokyo, you can see many new buildings and skyscrapers instead of a lot of historical sites. When you look back at its history, you will get to know the reason. A big earthquake in 1923 and the firebombing during the war in 1945 destroyed many old buildings and houses and sadly not many historical buildings left from them. But still, Tokyo has many interesting architectures to see. If you have no idea where to go, we recommend you to take a tour or explore the area where you can see many symbolic architectures which we will cover in this article!

Omotesando Area  (West side of Tokyo)

Omotesando is a famous boutique shopping street like Champs-Elysees in Paris and is also known as one of the foremost “architectural showcase” streets in the world.

If it’s your first time coming to Japan, we strongly recommend visiting the Omotesando area.
It is close from Harajuku

What’s architecture you can see

  • La collezione (Tadao Ando, 1989)
  • Luis Vuitton store (Jun Aoki, 2002)
  • ONE omotesando (Kengo Kuma, 2003)
  • Tod’s (Toyo Ito, 2004)
  • Dior (SANAA, 2004)
  • Japanese Nursing Association (Kisho Kurokawa, 2004)
  • Omotesando Hills (Tadao Ando, 2005)
  • Gyre (MVRDV, 2007)
  • Nezu museum (Kengo Kuma, 2009)
  • Tokyu Plaza (Takushi Nakamura, 2012)
  • HUGO BOSS (Norihiko Dan, 2013)
  • Sunny Hills (Kengo Kuma, 2013)

Recommended Tours

Ueno & Hongo Area (East side of Tokyo)

The National Museum of Western Art

In 2016, the Architectual Work of Le Corbusier were added to the World Heritage List.
The architectures on the list are spread over seven countries and there is only one in Japan which is the National Museum of Western Art located in Ueno.

Around Ueno area, there is not only the National Museum of Western Art but also many beautiful architectures. If you are getting bored of famous sightseeing place like Omotesando, Shinjuku and Asakusa etc., go to Ueno and Hongo area for the new discoveries.

What’s architecture you can see

Ueno area

  • A house at Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden (Josiah Conder, 1896)
  • National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo (Kenzo Kasuya, 1931)
  • The National Museum of Western Art (Le Corbusier, 1959) [World heritage]
  • Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Kunio Maekawa, 1961)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan art museum (Kunio Maekawa, 1975)
  • Tokyo National Museum (Jin Watanabe,1872)

Hongo area (in the University of Tokyo)

  • Sanjo Conference Hall (Kunio Maekawa, 1986)
  • School of Law Building (Fumihiko Maki, 2003)
  • Fukutake Hall (Tadao Ando, 2008)
  • Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building (Kengo Kuma, 2014)

Recommended Tours

Ginza area (Center of Tokyo)

ginza wako department store

Ginza is also famous boutiques shopping area and known as the most expensive area in Japan.(It cost about 500 thousands dollars per 1 square meter at most expensive place!)

What’s architecture you can see

  • Wako (Jin Watanabe, 1932)
  • Maision Hermes (Renzo Piano, 2001)
  • Nakagin capsule tower (Kisho Kurokawa, 1972)
  • CHANEL GINZA (Peter Marino, 2004)
  • Mikimoto  (Toyo Ito, 2005)
  • Armani (Doriana & Massimiliano Fuksas, 2007)
  • Tiffany  (Kengo Kuma, 2008)
  • Dior (Peter Marino, 2012)
  • Kabukiza (Kengo Kuma, 2013)
  • Ginza place (Klein Dytham architecture, 2016)
  • Matsuya (Kenya Hara)
  • Louis Vuitton (Jun Aoki)

What’s tour you can join

We can organize your tours based on your preference. If you are interested in architecture, we will happily arrange the tour and your knowledgeable guide will take you to the interesting architectures in Tokyo!

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