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Updated: March 22, 2022

St. Mary's Cathedral 東京カテドラル聖マリア大聖堂

3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo City, Tokyo

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

Visit Tokyo's most impressive cathedral

The seat of Tokyo's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, St. Mary’s Cathedral is famous for its cross-shaped structure.

Tips

  • Go to a Catholic mass in Japanese
  • See a piece of impressive modernist architecture

The original church was a wooden structure in the Gothic style, built in 1899 but destroyed during the air raids of World War II in 1945. The church that stands today was designed by Kenzo Tange from 1960 to 1964, assisted by acoustic and structural engineers from the University of Tokyo. Tange was known for artfully mixing modernism and traditional Japanese styles, and is famous for winning the design competition for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
The cathedral is notable for its modernist structure, made up of eight curved walls, or hyperbolic parabolas, which form a large cross. It is made of concrete covered by stainless steel. The imposing interior has seating for 600 and standing room for 2,000. It also contains Japan's largest pipe organ. Concerts are also held here due to the building’s excellent acoustics.

For information about dates when mass will be held, please refer to the official website linked on the right.

How to Get There

  • Gokokuji StationYurakucho LineExit 610 min on foot

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Opening Hours

  • 9:00-17:00

Facility Info

  • RestroomsSmoking areasParking
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • Automatic doorsWheelchair rampDiaper changing facilitiesWheelchair loan

Information on COVID-19 prevention measures

  • Advanced reservation system may be in place
  • Admission restrictions may be in place

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.