Visiting the historical modern architecture in Tokyo

On this tour, you can visit selected buildings of the Modern Movement (as seen in Japan) in the metropolitan area, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide

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Nahoko Wada

Historian, Ph.D / Adjunct Professor of Keio University
She is born in Niigata. graduated from Keio University, and worked at Museum of Modern Art Kamakura as an assistant curator, Copenhagen University as a guest researcher, Tohoku University of Art and Design as an associate Professor, and Tokyo University of the Arts as a specially appointed associate professor.Coordinated traveling exhibitions and International projects for art and architecture. Her Majors are Japanese modern architecture, Scandinavian architecture, and museology for architecture. Also she has many experience to organize kids workshops at the museums. Published “Water space of Modern Japanese Houses”, “Modern houses in Scandinavia” , “Travel essay of Scandinavian Architecture”

What we will provide

Tokyo’s tourist board runs an interesting (and affordable) architecture tour centred around the Marunouchi, Hibiya and Kasumigaseki districts, which have been the centre of political and business life since the 19th century. Urban development really got going here at the turn of the 20th century, and the tour takes in key modern architecture including Netsu art gallery and Asakura sculpture museum . It includes a look around the Nissay Theatre, Japan’s parliament building, which was completed in 1936.

Optional equipment (Payment Required. Reserve directly during the activity)

Lunch.(Please choose the option service if you require this service.)

Who can participate

Everyone.

Language

English
*Please refer to the Additional Options if you prefer the other language speaking guide.

Where we will be

★【Schedule-Half day tour】(for example,time maybe vary)
09:30 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
10:10 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
13:30 Tour will be finished at the last visiting spot.

★【Schedule-Full day tour】(for example,time maybe vary)
09:00 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
09:40 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
17:00 Transfer to your accommodation hotel with the director and tour finished.

Where we will meet

the clients` accommodation hotel lobby.

Cancellation Policy

Based on Japan Standard Time, GMT+9

・7 days before the date: 30% of the total amount
・3 days before the date: 50% of the total amount
・1 days before the date: 80% of the total amount
・On the date: Full charge

Notes

★On this tour,you can choose one plan from the tour list.
★Please advise your preferred date and time when you reserve this tour.

Plan Description

A tour of the Modernist Movement's buildings (as seen in Japan)

St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral, or Sekiguchi Catholic Church, is a modernist Roman Catholic church in Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, designed by Kenzo Tange and completed in 1964.

The original church, which is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo, was completed in 1900, but burnt down in World War II. It was rebuilt only in the 1960s with funds raised by churchgoers in Cologne, Germany.The modernist, stainless steel design is in the shape of a cross with eight hyperbolic parabolas rising up from the structure. The 60m-tall bell tower is separate from the main church.

The design is based on the traditional cruciform plan of cathedrals. Tange used the crucifix as the frame for the sculptural shape, which features eight wing-like walls that fold inwards and upwards to support the cross-shaped roof window.

Prada Store Tokyo

Prada's Tokyo “epicenter”, in the fashionable Aoyama district, is the company's second radical approach to fashion-store architecture, following Rem Koolhaas’ flagship store in New York.The intent is "to reshape both the concept and function of shopping, pleasure and communication, to encourage the meshing of consumption and culture."The Tokyo store is a strikingly unconventional 6-story glass crystal that is soft despite its sharp angles – as a result of its five-sided shape, the smooth curves throughout its interior, and its signature diamond-shaped glass panes, which vary between flat, concave and convex “bubbles”.

Kabukiza Theater

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese performing art, and its main venue is the Kabukiza Theater in Ginza.

The Kabuki-za was originally opened by a Meiji era journalist,Fukuchi Gen`ichiro.Fukuchi wrote kabuki dramas in which Ichikawa DanjuroIX and others starred; upon Danjūrō's death in 1903, Fukuchi retired from the management of the theater. The theater is now run by the shochiku Corporation which took over in 1914.The original Kabuki-za was a wooden structure, built in 1889 on land which had been either the Tokyo residence of the Hosokawa clan of Kumamoto, or that of Matsudaira clan of Izu. The style in 1924 was in a baroque Japanese revivalist style, meant to evoke the architectural details of Japanese castles, as well as temples of pre-edo period. This style was kept after the post-war reconstruction and again after the 2013 reconstruction.

Inside, with the latest reconstruction the theatre was outfitted with four new front curtains called doncho. These are by renowned Japanese artists in the Nihoga style and reflect the different seasons.

The National Diet Building

The Diet is the center of political activity in Japan, and the National Diet Building is appropriately grand. The impressive building located in central Tokyo is made up of the House of Representatives, the House of Councillors.The Diet Building was completed in 1936 and is constructed out of purely Japanese materials, with the exception of the stained glass, door locks, and pneumatic tube system.

 

Nezu Art Gallary 

The Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art that Nezu Kaichirō (1860-1940) had passionately built. Kaichirō, a businessman whose career included being president of the Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd., was born in Yamanashi and became interested in art early in life. Upon moving to Tokyo in 1898, he displayed his abilities as a businessman and politician and expanded his field of activities to include education as well. Becoming an enthusiastic practitioner of the “way of tea” further spurred his enthusiasm for collecting, and his daring, bold approach became almost legendary. Moreover, Kaichirō did not view his collection as a private treasure trove but wish to share its enjoyment with the general public.

Omotesando Hills

This is a combined facility serving commercial, residential, and parking purposes in Omotesando, Tokyo. Opened in 2006, the building is characterized by its slope-like floor, which leans on the incline of Omotesando. The interior of the main building is a six-storey atrium construction, which is joined in its rotation by a helical hallway called “spiral slope”.

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

Built in 1985, it is characterized by a design that piles one story buildings on top of each other, to avoid looking like a “pencil building” due to its not very spacious lot, and to better match the feel of the Asakusa streets.

Our Plans

Plan1:Full day course(8HRS)

★【Tour with private vehicle】
        
【Schedule】
 09:00 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
 09:40 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
 17:00 Transfer to your accommodation hotel with the director and tour finished.

【Plan 1】 Kamakura one day tour(Tokyo-->Kamakura/lunch in tea house--> Tokyo)

【Plan 2】 Full day city tour (Tokyo St.Mary`s Cathedral -> Nezu Art gallery-> Omotesando street sightseeing ->LA COLLEZIONE->PRADA Building-> Lunch(option)-> the National Diet Building
--> Kabuki Theater--> ARCHI DEPOT)

【Plan 3】 Optional tour( Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller)-->Tama Art University Liveary--> Masashino Art University Museum & Library-->Seikei University Library)

【Note】On this tour,you can choose one plan from above information.And please also advise your preferred date and time when you reserve this tour.

【Include】-Experienced director who are well know about Architecture in Japan. The director is the professor of Keio University and also the main funder of the NPO named of Access Point Architecture – Tokyo.
-Private vehicle for full day transfer service.
-Entrance fee for the architecture which included in this tour.

【Not Include】-Any meals and drinks. If you require lunch services, please choose the optional services below and pay them for additional cost.

 
★【Walking tour】        
【Schedule】
 09:00 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
 09:40 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
 17:00 Transfer to your accommodation hotel with the director and tour finished.

【Plan 4】Full day city tour: Asakusa Temple-->Asakusa Culture& Sightseeing Center--> Sumida River/Tokyo Cruise-->Odaiba Kaibin Park--> Fuji Television Network--> Yurikamome-->Tsukishima (lunch for option)-->
Hamarikyu Garden-->Dentsu Headquater-->Ginza Swatch Building--> Sony Park--> Kabuki Theater

【Note】On this tour,you can choose one plan from above information.And please also advise your preferred date and time when you reserve this tour.

【Include】-Experienced director who are well know about Architecture in Japan. The director is the professor of Keio University and also the main funder of the NPO named of Access Point Architecture – Tokyo.
-Entrance fee for the architecture which included in this tour.

【Not Include】-Any meals and drinks. If you require lunch services, please choose the optional services below and pay them for additional cost.
        -Private vehicle for full day transfer service.


¥100,000

Plan2:Half day course-(4HRS)

★【Tour with private vehicle】
【Schedule】
09:30 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
10:10 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
 13:30 Tour will be finished at the last visiting spot.

【Plan 1】Tange Kenzo Mr. Plan:Tokyo St.Mary`s Cathedral ⇒  Embassy of the State of Kuwait ⇒ ARCHI DEPOT
【Plan 2】Japanese traditional Culture Plan: Toukoan Tea house ⇒ Nissaytheatre (Outside) ⇒ Asakura Museum of Sculpture ⇒ Nezu Art gallery
【Note】On this tour,you can choose one plan from above information.And please also advise your preferred date and time when you reserve this tour.

【Include】-Experienced director who are well know about Architecture in Japan. The director is the professor of Keio University and also the main funder of the NPO named of Access Point Architecture – Tokyo.
-Private vehicle for full day transfer service.
-Entrance fee for the architecture which included in this tour.

【Not Include】-Any meals and drinks. If you require lunch services, please choose the optional services below and pay them for additional cost.


★【Walking tour】        
【Schedule】
13:30 Guide will pick up you at your accommodation hotel and then begin the tour.
14:10 The introduction and schedule of this tour.
17:30 Tour will be finished at the last visiting spot
  
【Plan 3】Japan residents visiting Plan: Old Yasuda House ⇒ Asakura sculpture museum ⇒ Netsu Shrine etc.

【Plan 4】OmoteSando visiting Plan: Nezu Art gallery ⇒ COLLEZIONE ⇒ Okamoto Taro Art gallery ⇒ Prada building ⇒ Suny Hills⇒ Omotesando around.


【Note】On this tour,you can choose one plan from above information.And please also advise your preferred date and time when you reserve this tour.

【Include】-Experienced director who are well know about Architecture in Japan. The director is the professor of Keio University and also the main funder of the NPO named of Access Point Architecture – Tokyo.
-Entrance fee for the architecture which included in this tour.

【Not Include】-Any meals and drinks. If you require lunch services, please choose the optional services below and pay them for additional cost.
        -Private vehicle for full day transfer service.

¥60,000

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