Wonders of contemporary architecture in Tokyo

While Japan is a country that likes to associate images of a traditional culture such as temples, cherry trees and kimono, the fact remains that the country excels in contemporary design and architecture. Tokyo could be an anthology dictionary and yet some buildings stand out even more than others.
This day together is intended to be a small introduction of this buildings, along with urban strolls in some of the capital’s emblematic neighborhoods.

From post war architects to the current big stars, let’s discover a sense of architecture where aesthetics, convenient thoughts, spirituality and awareness of nature meet.
 

We are a Japan-based travel agency, click here to contact our experts for more information about your next stay.

 

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Overview

While Japan is a country that likes to associate images of a traditional culture such as temples, cherry trees and kimono, the fact remains that the country excels in contemporary design and architecture. Tokyo could be an anthology dictionary and yet some buildings stand out even more than others.
This day together is intended to be a small introduction of this buildings, along with urban strolls in some of the capital’s emblematic neighborhoods.

From post war architects to the current big stars, let’s discover a sense of architecture where aesthetics, convenient thoughts, spirituality and awareness of nature meet.
 

We are a Japan-based travel agency, click here to contact our experts for more information about your next stay.

 

- Travel in Japan with Peak Experience Japan -

Highlights of the trip :

- Discover the capital’s emblematic buildings but also its hidden masterpieces
- Half the day will be on foot and will be the perfect opportunity to explore different parts of the capital, off the beaten track
- A different way of exploring Tokyo
- We will take advantage of our walk to do the current exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight
- Incredible view of Tokyo at dusk from a tower
- The opportunity to make your most beautiful Instagram photos

Itinerary of the day

★Meeting point:Tokyo station or your hotel 

★Meeting time : 9.00 AM

Departure from the chosen meeting point  St Mary’s cathedral  Tokyo Nogizaka district  Omotesando district  Headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government  Back to Shinjuku station 

★Return: around 4.30 PM/5.00 PM at Shinjuku station   
 

Please inform us of the desired departure and return points at the time of booking.
In case of delay, you may not be able to visit all the highlights of the trip, so thank you for your punctuality on the day of departure.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo

Built in 1961 by Kenzo Tange in the district of Bunkyo-ku, the building has the shape of a cross, like classical style churches, which contrasts with its resolutely modern appearance. The materials used refer to biblical texts.  "God is my rock" justifies the use of concrete, and the light brought by Christ is expressed by the brilliance of the stainless steel that covers the cathedral. It was named after an eponymous cathedral destroyed during the Second World War, located in the same place. A curiosity which contrasts with the modernity of the building, a French missionary had built there in 1911 a replica of the cave of Massabielle which can still be observed today.

Nogizaka district

Tokyo National Arts Center

It opened in 2007, the year of the death of its architect Kisho Kurokawa, and has many exhibition rooms. The great names of contemporary art are regularly subjects to retrospectives and the building itself is a wonder. Unlike most Japanese museums, it does not have a permanent collection and does not possess works, so it presents only temporary exhibitions.


21_21 Design Sight

The first museum entirely dedicated to design in Japan, opened its doors in 2007 in the upscale district of Roppongi. It is signed Tadao Ando, and combines ingenious glass and concrete in a semi-underground structure. Directed by three of the biggest names in Japanese design: Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa, the museum has several galleries and shines during its temporary exhibitions.

Omotesando district

A stroll to Omotesando via Aoyama cemetery

When Ginza can be compared to the Champs-Elysées in Tokyo, Omotesando would be a bit Saint-Honoré street. From major brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior, to new Japanese designers, to Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons, Omotesando is a district where Tokyoïte creativity is in full swing. And not just for fashion, the big brands decided to use the biggest international architects to build their Japanese stores. So by simply walking there, if you know which street to turn into, you could feel as you were into a true open-air architecture museum.

Headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government 

Completed in 1991 by the architect Kenzo Tange, the building is located in the lively district of Shinjuku and is nearly 260 meters high. The two main towers were inspired by the architecture of the Gothic cathedrals, and many say that the main source could be Notre-Dame de Paris. We will go together to observe the Tokyoïte landscape from the top of one of the two towers of the building.
After walking the whole day, we will take you back to the Shinjuku station where many lines stop.

The modernity of these works may have made you curious of their history or more particularly of that of Japan: why not take advantage of it and go to visit the old Tokyo near Yanaka district the next day ?

Where to Go

Itinerary

Highlights of the trip :

- Discover the capital’s emblematic buildings but also its hidden masterpieces
- Half the day will be on foot and will be the perfect opportunity to explore different parts of the capital, off the beaten track
- A different way of exploring Tokyo
- We will take advantage of our walk to do the current exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight
- Incredible view of Tokyo at dusk from a tower
- The opportunity to make your most beautiful Instagram photos

Itinerary of the day

★Meeting point:Tokyo station or your hotel 

★Meeting time : 9.00 AM

Departure from the chosen meeting point  St Mary’s cathedral  Tokyo Nogizaka district  Omotesando district  Headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government  Back to Shinjuku station 

★Return: around 4.30 PM/5.00 PM at Shinjuku station   
 

Please inform us of the desired departure and return points at the time of booking.
In case of delay, you may not be able to visit all the highlights of the trip, so thank you for your punctuality on the day of departure.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Tokyo

Built in 1961 by Kenzo Tange in the district of Bunkyo-ku, the building has the shape of a cross, like classical style churches, which contrasts with its resolutely modern appearance. The materials used refer to biblical texts.  "God is my rock" justifies the use of concrete, and the light brought by Christ is expressed by the brilliance of the stainless steel that covers the cathedral. It was named after an eponymous cathedral destroyed during the Second World War, located in the same place. A curiosity which contrasts with the modernity of the building, a French missionary had built there in 1911 a replica of the cave of Massabielle which can still be observed today.

Nogizaka district

Tokyo National Arts Center

It opened in 2007, the year of the death of its architect Kisho Kurokawa, and has many exhibition rooms. The great names of contemporary art are regularly subjects to retrospectives and the building itself is a wonder. Unlike most Japanese museums, it does not have a permanent collection and does not possess works, so it presents only temporary exhibitions.


21_21 Design Sight

The first museum entirely dedicated to design in Japan, opened its doors in 2007 in the upscale district of Roppongi. It is signed Tadao Ando, and combines ingenious glass and concrete in a semi-underground structure. Directed by three of the biggest names in Japanese design: Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa, the museum has several galleries and shines during its temporary exhibitions.

Omotesando district

A stroll to Omotesando via Aoyama cemetery

When Ginza can be compared to the Champs-Elysées in Tokyo, Omotesando would be a bit Saint-Honoré street. From major brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior, to new Japanese designers, to Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons, Omotesando is a district where Tokyoïte creativity is in full swing. And not just for fashion, the big brands decided to use the biggest international architects to build their Japanese stores. So by simply walking there, if you know which street to turn into, you could feel as you were into a true open-air architecture museum.

Headquarters of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government 

Completed in 1991 by the architect Kenzo Tange, the building is located in the lively district of Shinjuku and is nearly 260 meters high. The two main towers were inspired by the architecture of the Gothic cathedrals, and many say that the main source could be Notre-Dame de Paris. We will go together to observe the Tokyoïte landscape from the top of one of the two towers of the building.
After walking the whole day, we will take you back to the Shinjuku station where many lines stop.

The modernity of these works may have made you curious of their history or more particularly of that of Japan: why not take advantage of it and go to visit the old Tokyo near Yanaka district the next day ?
Important to know
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Please let us know at the moment of your booking if there is any participants with reduced mobility or health problems that would need specific care or devices during the tour.

  • This tour is designed for a minimum of one person. 

  • Delays, shortened visits or places unable to be visited due to traffic, weather conditions or other circumstances will not be refunded.

  • The tour itinerary can change depending on traffic, weather conditions and opening times.

Additional informations
  • Since there is a bit of walking, please wear comfortable shoes.

  • Please consider that public transportations will be used during the tour and finding a seat can not be guaranteed.

  • Please find further informations here : Travel information

Included
  • English speaking tour guide (on a base of 8h adaptable according to your point of departure/arrival).

  • Transportation mentionned in the itinerary.

  • Entry to the exhibition that we will visit during the tour.

Not included
  • Travel Insurance

  • Own expenses

  • Meals, activities and entrance fees

  • Any transportations not mentioned in the tour.

  • Tips (optional)

    *If you want to add a place to visit to your trip please contact us ahead.

Dates & Prices

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