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Updated: April 2, 2018

Holy Resurrection Cathedral ニコライ堂 東京復活大聖堂教会

Nikolai-do (Holy Resurrection Cathedral), 4-1-3 Surugadai, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Heart of the Orthodox Church of Japan

Also sometimes referred to as the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, the Nikolai-do Orthodox Cathedral is the main site for the Orthodox Church of Japan. The church is named after its Russian founder, St. Nicholas, born Ivan Dimitrovich Kasatkin (1836-1912) and the man responsible for introducing the Eastern Orthodox Church to Japan.

The very Russian looking Byzantine-style cathedral was almost destroyed in 1923 following the great Kanto earthquake. During the disaster the main bell tower fell onto the onion-shaped central dome causing the structure to collapse. It was restored to its former glory thanks to Japanese architect Shinito Okada and it reopened in 1929.

How to Get There

  • Shin-ochanomizu Sta. | 2 mins on foot
    Chiyoda Line
  • Ochanomizu Sta. | 2 mins on foot
    JR Chuo Line | JR Sobu Line | Marunouchi Line

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Opening Hours

  • 13:00-16:00 Mon-Sun (Apr-Sep)
    13:00-15:30 Mon-Sun (Oct-Mar)
    Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours




Discounts available for students

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Japanese | English | Russian |
  • Wheelchair ramp |

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