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Minato Things to Do

  • Hibiya Park: Overview

    110-year-old park in the midst of thriving business district of central Tokyo is the first western styled park built in Japan. It was designed by Seiroku Honda who also created densely forested Meiji Shrine and a great number of early public parks in Japan such as Onuma Park in Hokkaido, Tsuruma Park in Nagoya and Ohori Park in Fukuoka. The park...

  • Shimbashi Station (Hibiya Exit)

    Shimbashi Station is one of the oldest train stations in Japan originally opened in 1872. The station was moved to current place in 1914 and former Shimbashi station was renamed as Shiodome and used as the freight terminal. The station is close to Ginza on the eastern exit, not far from Hamarikyu Garden located about one kilometers east of the...

  • Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park

    Hiroo Tip: Originally a feudal lord's residence, the garden was acquired by the Arisugawa-no-miya line of Imperial family in 1896. It was donated to Tokyo Metropolitan government in 1934 and since then it's been public park with Tokyo Metropolitan Library. It is one of the most popular cherry-viewing sites in Tokyo. When I was in college I visited...

  • Tokyo Central Metropolitan Library

    Hiroo Tip: When I was at Kanagawa University in Yokohama about thirty years ago, "go to Hiroo" meant to visit Tokyo Central Metropolitan Library for the research for coming dabate tournament. It is one of the most popular libraries in Tokyo for researchers, interpreters, translators and wide variety of professionals as well as foreign residents...

  • Nezu Museum: Overview

    Some of the art museums in Japan also have excellent Japanese gardens and Nezu Museum, also known as Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, is one of them. Located only about ten minutes from bustling Omote Sando area, the museum is mostly dedicated to the great Japanese art works. The exhibition is mainly based on the art collections of Kaichiro Nezu, late...

  • Meguro Station Area: Overview

    Meguro station, one of the Yamanote Line stations, is one of the gateways to Minato ward areas. Within ten minutes walk from the station there are some nice places to visit. Such as Daienji Temple, Meguro Gajoen, Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum(currently closed for renovation) and Shizenkyoiku-en(Institute of...

  • World Trade Center Building

    World Trade Center is one of the earliest skyscrapers in Tokyo built in 1970, 163 meters in overall height. Tokyo Monorail linking Hamamtsu-cho to Haneda Airport starts from the second floor of the building. The top floor(40th floor) is 152 meters in height and there is an observation floor. The admission is 620 yen for adult. The phone number is...

  • Aoyama Cemetery

    Also referred to as Aoyama Graveyard. The huge cemetery which has the area of 26 ha is best known as the cherry viewing site and the place where well-known literary figures such as Naoya Shiga or political figures such as Toshimichi Okubo or Shigeru Yoshida are laid to rest.

  • Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

    The Japanese garden also known as Kyu Shiba-Rikyu Onshi Teien, was built as a samurai residence for Okubo clan during late 17th century. After changing hands to several clans and imperial family, the garden was bequeathed to Tokyo Metropolitan government to commemorate the marriage Emperor Hirohito(then Crown Prince) in 1924. It is one of the rare...


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  • Getting to Hibiya Park From Shimbashi

    People coming from places west of Tokyo such as HAMAMATSU, NAGOYA, KYOTO and OSAKA, getting off from SHIMBASHI STATION to get to the park is often picked. First start from HIbiya Exit where you can see a plaza with a locomotive train car called SL Hiroba. Turn rightward along the road just behind the locomotive train car. Then you will soon meet...

  • From Omote Sando to Hiroo

    Omote Sando Station Tip: There are a number of ways to get to Hiroo from Omote Sando but by using Tokyo Metro Lines wisely you can get there for only 190 yen. From Omote Sando take Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line bound for Hirose and change trains at Kasumigaseki and then take Hibiya Line train bound for Nakameguro. Arisugawa-no-Miya Memorial Park is...

  • Getting to Tokyo Tower(from Hamamatsucho...

    The easiest and surest way to get to Tokyo Tower is from Hamamatsucho station of Yamanote Line. Hamamatsucho station happens to be the end of Tokyo Monorail Haneda airport line. If you come from Haneda airport, in particular, this way is useful. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes on foot to the Tokyo Tower. After getting off from Hamamatsucho Station,...


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