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Updated: July 30, 2019
Venture to this former industrial hub and warehouse district located on a 200,000-square-meter island in Tokyo Bay for a lazy afternoon of window shopping, art, architecture and design.
Leaving Tennozu Isle Station on either the Tokyo Monorail or Rinkai Line, head to Yamate Street for the Archi-Depot Museum. It's only appropriate that you pass Pigment on the way; inspired by bamboo, this visually arresting art supplies store is designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and Associates. The Archi-Depot Museum, a museum devoted to architectural models, lies just beyond. Its two exhibition halls contain work by Japanese and foreign architects working in Japan, such as Kengo Kuma and Shugeru Ban, and work by architectural design offices. You'll see early versions of the models, as well as the finished article. The theme changes frequently, so enjoy the museum's educational, moving and enjoyable exhibits. (*The models on display change in accordance with the exhibition theme. Please visit the museum's website for more information.)
Once upon a time, this street used to be home to bonded warehouses, where maritime customs officials kept goods until the appropriate fees were paid. Today, it's a shopping and cultural hub, lined with cafes, shops, and galleries. The street is decorated with colorful artwork, including large murals.
The building housing breadworks has been used as a warehouse, an office space, and even a theater. In 2010, it was transformed into a cafe and bakery, which serves sandwiches, cakes, and drinks from morning until night. Their bread is made daily, from scratch. It's an airy space with plenty of seating, including an outdoor waterfront terrace.
This is a short pedestrian bridge at the end of Bond Street, linking Tennozu Isle with Konan Park. It has an interesting, antiquated look that's transformed at night, when the bridge is illuminated with dozens of lights. They reflect off the surface of the water, making this a very photogenic spot that appears frequently in movies and TV shows.
The sea breezes encouraging your appetite, it's time to head to one of Tennozu Isle's many waterfront restaurants for some seaside dining. T.Y.HARBOR, specializing in craft beer and contemporary American cuisine is a local favorite but there are plenty of other options.