Tokyo's Modern Architectural Miracles and Autumn Travel

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Shibuya City launches online video platform and fashion e-commerce website with private businesses and organizations. After watching videos of the hottest Shibuya fashion, you can then easily buy it online.

Renovation of Ikegami Station, the closest station to the over 740-year-old Ikegami Honmonji Temple, will finish in spring 2021. Once complete, it’ll include the “Ikegami Nakamise” passage, which was built in the image of traditional Japanese streets that lead up to temples. The route, overflowing with Japanese aesthetic, will also connect directly to the station and the new etomo Ikegami department store. (Japanese)

The redevelopment of Shimokitazawa, known for its unique fashion and culture (popular with international crowds), continues. With the Odakyu Line tracks now underground, the new 1.7 km long Shimokita Senrogai district stands in their place. On September 28, the YUEN BETTEI DAITA hot spring inn will open in Shimokita Senrogai.

To support restaurants whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19, Tennozu Canalside Kasseika Association will be providing spaces for businesses in public parks from August 1 to November 30. Enjoy the cool Tennozu breeze while eating lunch on the boardwalk in a great new way. (Japanese)
The Ogasawara Maru cruise liner to the Ogasawara Islands (1,000 km from the mainland) is the only transportation that carries passengers to the islands (running every six days). To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, the Ogasawara village and the Tokyo government are conducting PCR tests for passengers. (Japanese)
September 10 saw the opening of the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal. This new gateway to the capital features great access from the city center. Various events such as fashion shows are also held in the terminal building.
Significant changes have come to the Ginza 4-chome Intersection, the center of Tokyo’s leading commercial district. The Ginza Mitsukoshi building is now decorated with the “Ginza Chandelier,” and August 6 was the grand reopening of the Wako store, where its Grand Seiko Boutique Flagship WAKO counter and other stylish interiors are creating a lot of buzz. (Japanese)
Contact: Ginza Mitsukoshi Store, Sales Planning Division, Inbound marketing Mariko YAMAKI (Japanese)
On October 25, makers of YOKU MOKU, a Japanese confectionery popular with international tourists, will open the YOKU MOKU MUSEUM in the fashionable area of Aoyama. The modest-sided museum will display ceramic works from Picasso. (Japanese)
On October 8, the Asakusa Tobu Hotel will be the only place in all 23 Tokyo wards where you can stay in an official Hello Kitty-themed hotel room! (Japanese)
Tokyo gets a new hot spring resort for day-trippers! The all-natural Tamasakai Tennen Onsen Mori no Irodori hot spring opens in Tokyo’s western city Machida on October 1. (Japanese)
Contact: Yu Okutani
Saryo Ginza Seigetsudo’s long-running Mainichi Panda CAFE in Ueno’s Matsuzakaya department store continues to draw visitors! Since pandas are the symbol of Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, the cafe has cute panda-themed menus, panda photos, panda books, panda plush toys, and table clothes decorated with pandas. Even with the coronavirus, Tokyo’s “kawaii” culture is still thriving. (Japanese)
Splendors of Great Tokyo: “Modern” Culture that Embellished the City is being held at the Edo-Tokyo Museum from August 25 to November 23. The exhibition showcases images of Tokyo throughout the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.

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Get Inquisitive

Tokyo remains an example of striking contrast on the world stage with an evolving culture that reflects both Japan’s reverence for tradition and forward-looking ambitions. In this section, each issue dives deep into themes around Food, Craft, Nature, Sports, Architecture, Nightlife, Shopping, and more.

The Wondrous Present and Future of Tokyo’s Architecture

In a city as densely populated with skyscrapers and other grand buildings as Tokyo, it’d be hard for one single structure to stand out. And yet many do. This is a testament to Japan’s capital being a paradise for architecture aficionados.

Wherever you look, you see steel-glass-and-concrete monuments to human ingenuity, from the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, the shape of which brings to mind a mikoshi palanquin or a torii gate, to the stainless-steel facade of Ginza’s V88 Building. Then you have the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which continues to fascinate the world decades after construction. It’s another of Tokyo’s many impressive structures and one of architect Kisho Kurokawa’s best-known designs. The intricate stacking of toy block-looking capsules with round windows manages to feel both old and futuristic. And we cannot forget the imposing towers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Nishi-Shinjuku. You can see all of them and much more on one of Tokyo’s many architectural walking tours.

It’s hard to say where Tokyo’s architecture will go next, but it’ll probably be an elegant union of modernity and tradition, as well as technology and nature. And at the forefront of it, you’ll most likely find accomplished Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, whose latest creation, the National Stadium that is planned to be used for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The project is an expression of the Japanese architectural thought. For one, the stadium is a huge, technological marvel, but it also blends into its environment instead of dominating it. It also uses many natural materials like wood (which Kuma collected from every prefecture in the country.) Finally, its layered design was inspired by tradition, specifically the Horyu-ji Temple, possibly the oldest timber structure in the world.

There are more examples of Kuma’s work in Tokyo. In fact, the Sunny Hills café in Omotesando with the cypress wooden lattice covering the outside of the building is one of them. There is also the Tiffany store in Ginza, which plays with light in otherworldly ways, or the impossible-looking Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. Look them up yourself and prepare to be amazed.

Japan National Stadium

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Popular YouTuber Fuwa-chan joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel to explain Tokyo’s COVID-19 Safety Stickers in English. 

【Updates from TMG】The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel releases [Tokyo 2020 to Mark One Year to Games]“One Step Forward – +1 Message – TOKYO2020”.

Every four minutes, a Shinkansen train arrives at Tokyo Station, leaving exactly 12 minutes later. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel’s 7-minute Miracle shows how crews clean the trains at lighting speeds.


Tokyo’s railway companies are unrivaled in their execution. Now you can see how Keio Corporation manages its railway operations with its online channel KEIOtube.

Founded in the 1950s, the Tokyo Children’s Library, based on four home libraries, is library managed by a non-profit organization where children can discover the joys of reading through a collection of children’s books.

A forest of dawn redwoods fills Mizumoto Park with beautiful autumn colors.


  Tokyo Event Calendar

Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo. You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo.
*Depending on the situation, festivals and events scheduled in 2020 may be canceled. Please check the official website for the latest information.

Open Calendar


Please click on the link below to download the photos, press releases and new opening accommodation list.


From Editor

The peak season for autumn leaves in Tokyo lasts from late November to early December. From the allies between glossy office buildings to private gardens, the entire city is painted in the reds and yellows of Tokyo’s colorful trees. I especially love the golden ginkgo trees. In fact, they are used as a symbol of Tokyo. Along with decorating the sides of each street, the crunchy leaves fall to the ground forming a golden carpet. The scene creates an atmosphere for a very romantic walk.

Kyoko Higashi / TOKYO NOW Editorial Staff  


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