Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Kagurazaka’s signature shrine only bears a passing resemblance to the traditional ones around the city. In 2010 the shrine, which can trace its history back centuries, was completely remodelled by Kengo Kuma, one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary architects. The result is a sleek glass box for the main shrine building.

In a contemporary, adjacent block, its facade covered by various monotone panels, are offices and the shrine's cafe.

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Nearby Kōrakuen & Akihabara attractions

1. Yayoi Kusama Museum

0.55 MILES

Kusama Yayoi (b 1929) is one of Japan's most internationally famous contemporary artists, particularly known for her obsession with dots and pumpkins. She…

2. Mizuma Art Gallery

0.58 MILES

Run by longtime Tokyo art-world figure Sueo Mizuma, Mizuma Art Gallery represents some of Japan's more successful contemporary artists, such as Aida…

3. Tokyo Dai-jingū


This is the Tokyo branch of Ise-jingū, Japan's mother shrine in Mie Prefecture. Credited with establishing the Shintō wedding ritual, Tokyo Dai-jingū is a…

4. Koishikawa Kōrakuen

0.73 MILES

Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese…

5. Yūshū-kan

0.77 MILES

Most history museums in Japan skirt the issue of WWII or focus on the burden of the common people. Not so here: Yūshū-kan begins with Japan's samurai…

6. Chinzan-sō

0.78 MILES

This strolling garden was once the estate of a Meiji-era statesman and is now the grounds of a luxury hotel, though it's open to the public. The shaded…

7. Yasukuni-jinja

0.84 MILES

Literally ‘For the Peace of the Country Shrine’, Yasukuni is the memorial shrine to Japan’s war dead, around 2.5 million souls. First built in 1869, it is…

8. Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

0.93 MILES

How did baseball come to be a Japanese obsession? This museum chronicles baseball’s rise from a hobby imported by an American teacher in 1872 to the…