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.
The tea houses of Happo-en are Edo Era structures, moved from their original locations and rebuilt onsite. The venue mainly caters for banquets, weddings and other large events, but visitors can check out the garden, tea houses or Enju restaurant if reservations are made ahead of time.
Happo-en 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Eitai Bridge, or Eitaibashi, is located north of the Rainbow Bridge. The bridge lights up at night and is best viewed from the paths of the Sumida River Terrace. After centuries of being struck down by structural issues and natural disasters, the final structure was completed in 1926.
Eitaibashi Bus Station 1-24 Shinkawa, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Just steps from the Kanda Shrine lies Yushima Seido. With its imposing black exterior and green, sloping roofs, the Confucian architectural influence is obvious. This temple is a popular place for students to come to pray, because it was historically a training and education institution during the Edo Period.
Yushima Seido 1-4-25 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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.
Tokyo Daijingu 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan