Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Climbing the 85 stone steps from Atago-dōri up to this rustically attractive shrine will give you a workout. They are called shussei-no-ishiden (stone staircase of success) after a legend that a samurai climbed them on horseback to deliver plum blossoms to Tokugawa Ieyasu. The 1603-vintage shrine occupied the highest point in Edo, 26m above sea level.

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Nearby Roppongi, Akasaka & Around attractions

1. Toranomon Hills

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Opened in June 2014, the 52-storey, 247m Toranomon Hills mixed-use complex is crowned by the sleek hotel, Andaz, with panoramic views from its bars and…

2. Shin-Tora-dōri

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There's a plan for buildings along this broad, tree-lined boulevard to be decorated with street art as part of the Tokyo Mural Project (…

3. Musée Tomo

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One of Tokyo’s most elegant and tasteful museums is named after Kikuchi Tomo, whose collection of contemporary Japanese ceramics wowed them in Washington…

4. teamLab Borderless

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Digital-art collective teamLab has created 60 artworks for this museum, open in 2018, that tests the border between art and the viewer: many are…

5. Reiyukai Shakaden

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Reiyukai is a spin-off Buddhism-based sect started in 1930 and this unmissable, monolithic building is its headquarters. The enormous stepped pyramid roof…

6. Tokyo Tower

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Something of a shameless tourist trap, this 1958-vintage tower – painted bright orange and white in order to comply with international aviation safety…

7. Zōjō-ji

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One of the most important temples of the Jōdō (Pure Land) sect of Buddhism, Zōjō-ji dates from 1393 and was the funerary temple of the Tokugawa regime. It…

8. Sangedatsumon

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The impressive main gate of the temple Zōjō-ji was built in 1605. Its three sections are designed to symbolise the three stages one must pass through to…