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A Guide to Lesser Known Architectural Treasures in Tokyo

Nezu Museum | © shuzo serikawa / Flickr
Nezu Museum | © shuzo serikawa / Flickr
If you love beautiful architecture, Tokyo is a great place to visit. Whether ancient tea houses or soaring skyscrapers, the city is home to a vast number of architectural marvels. Read on as Culture Trip takes you on a tour of some of Tokyo’s lesser known treasures.

Nezu Museum

Building, Museum
Nezu Museum, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Nezu Museum, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Minato Ward plays host to countless galleries and museums, from the famed Mori Art Museum to Tepia Advanced Technology Gallery. Not as widely known but no less beautiful, the Nezu Museum houses a traditional Japanese garden and the private art collection of Nezu Kaichiro. Renowned architect Kengo Kuma designed the building.
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Tokyo Daijingu

Shrine
Tokyo Daijingu
Tokyo Daijingu
Although Tokyo Daijingu is one of the city’s five major shrines, it doesn’t receive nearly as much press as the Meiji Shrine. This modest shrine is devoted to many high Japanese deities, including Amaterasu, and was intended to bring the kami (divine being) of the great Shrine of Ise closer to the people of Kanto. The structure was completed in 1928 and is famous for standardizing Shinto wedding ceremonies.
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Shibuya Hikarie

Building
Walkway to Shibuya Hikarie
Walkway to Shibuya Hikarie
Not unlike Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, Shibuya Hikarie combines shopping, dining, entertainment and work all in one place. From the basement up to the eleventh floor, Hikarie is accessible to the public and home to shops, restaurants and events spaces. Meanwhile, glass walls allow visitors a unique look at the Shibuya.
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