Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Koishikawa Kōrakuen

Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese landscaping. It's among Tokyo's most attractive gardens, although …
Shinto Shrine in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Yasukuni-jinja

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 also incredibly controversial: in 1979, 14 class-A war crimi…
Gallery in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Origami Kaikan

This exhibition centre and workshop is dedicated to the quintessential Japanese art of origami, which you can learn to do yourself in classes here. There's a shop-gallery on the 1st floor, a gallery on the 2nd, and …
Church in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Nikolai Cathedral

This Russian Orthodox cathedral, complete with distinctive Byzantine-style architecture, was first built in 1891 under the supervision of English architect Josiah Conder. The original copper dome was damaged in the …
Shinto Shrine in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Kanda Myōjin (Kanda Shrine)

Tracing its history back to AD 730, this splendid Shintō shrine boasts vermilion-lacquered halls surrounding a stately courtyard, where you'll also find the pet pony Akari. Its present location dates from 1616 and t…
Confucian Site in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Yushima Seidō (Yushima Shrine)

Established in 1691 and later used as a school for the sons of the powerful during the Tokugawa regime, this is one of Tokyo’s handful of Confucian shrines. There’s a Ming-dynasty bronze statue of Confucius in its b…
Museum in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Yūshū-kan

Most history museums in Japan skirt the issue of war or focus on the burden of the common people. Not so here: Yūshū-kan begins with Japan's samurai tradition and ends with its defeat in WWII. It is also unapologeti…
Shinto Shrine in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Akagi-jinja

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…
Gallery in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

3331 Arts Chiyoda

A major exhibition space, smaller art galleries and creative studios now occupy this former high school, which has evolved into a forward-thinking arts hub for Akiba. It's a fascinating place to explore. On the main…
Gallery in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo

Operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Wonder Site comprises three floors of galleries with the aim of promoting new and emerging artists. There is a regularly changing program of exhibitions, competit…