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Updated: April 2, 2018

Catholic Kanda Church カトリック神田教会

1-1-12 Nishi-kanda, Chiyoda-ku 101-0065

A century-old church in central Tokyo

Situated between the Kanda River and the Imperial Palace, Catholic Kanda Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Tokyo. The stone walls, stained glass windows, and cross-ornamented façade feel strangely out of place considering that the vast majority of Japanese come from Shinto and Buddhist backgrounds. In fact, the church’s founding dates back to a historically significant period in the 1870s when Japan opened up to western trade and institutions. Both the exterior and interior of the church are worth seeing if you’re in the area, with the stained-glass windows particularly beautiful.

Tips

  • Inside you’ll find rows of stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament

Dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, French missionaries established the church in 1874 shortly after the government abolished its long-standing prohibition of Christianity. Though the present-day structure was rebuilt after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, it managed to survive the firebombing of WWII. Services are offered Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

How to Get There

  • Suidobashi Sta. | East Exit | 7 mins on foot
    JR lines
  • Jimbocho Sta. | Exit A5 | 7 mins on foot
    Hanzomon Line | Mita Line | Toei Shinjuku Line
  • Suidobashi Sta. | Exit A1 | 8 mins on foot
    Mita Line

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Contact

Opening Hours

  • 10:00-16:00 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    9:00-16:00 Sundays
    Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours

Price

Free

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Japanese | English |
  • Wheelchair ramp | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Wheelchair loan | Breast feeding room |

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