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Updated: November 22, 2022
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. Dotted with photogenic spots to snap for your memories and social media accounts, Tennozu Isle is one of Tokyo's lesser-known gems that you'll be pleased to become acquainted with.
Leaving Tennozu Isle Station on either the Tokyo Monorail or Rinkai Line, head to Yamate Street for the WHAT 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 WHAT 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 Shigeru 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.)
BOND Street is the perfect spot for an urban art walk. 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 photogenic 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 breeze is 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.