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A taste of nostalgia in the heart of Tokyo

This section highlights retro spots that invite visitors to enjoy the leisurely passing of time as well as the design of the unique buildings, from classical museums to old houses renovated into cafés.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

The red brick office building reconstructed from British architect Josiah Conder’s 1894 designs showcases three exhibitions each year. It’s also home to Café 1894, a café-bar operating in the drawing room of a bank from the Meiji period (1868–1912), and the Archive Room, offering visitors insight into the history of the building and business style in the Meiji period.

Address 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)(Japanese and English only)
URL http://mimt.jp/english/(External link)

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

The Art Deco building erected in 1933 as the residence of Prince Asaka today houses a museum. It was designated an important cultural property of Japan in July 2015. Much of the interior designed by French artist Henri Rapin retains the ambience of the era in which it was completed. Enjoy tea at the museum café commanding a view of the lush green garden.

Address 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial; Japanese only)
03-3443-0201 (switchboard)(Japanese and English only)
URL http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/minato/spot/58.html

Kayaba Coffee

A townhouse from 1916 is renovated into the coffee shop founded in 1938. After once closing, it reopened in 2009 reflecting voices calling for the building to be preserved. The beams, exterior, signboard from the Showa period (1926–89), chairs, and cupboard remain in tact even after refurbishing. The nostalgic menu hasn’t changed either—items include coffee, milkshake, buttered toast, and egg sandwich.

Address 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-3823-3545 (Japanese only)
URL http://kayaba-coffee.com/(External link)

Kosoan

A Japanese-style house built in the late Taisho period (1912–26) is renovated into the tearoom. The name derives from an old mulberry tree from which the building is made. Visitors are invited to unwind sitting on the matted floor and savoring sweets like matcha zenzai (green tea soup with glutinous rice balls) and anmitsu (dessert of cubed agar jelly, azuki beans, and fruit). The adjacent gallery displays ceramic art and cloth accessories, and regularly stages Rakugo (storytelling) performances.

Address 1-24-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-3718-4203 (Japanese only)
URL http://kosoan.co.jp/(External link)

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