The Best Things to See and Do in Minato, Tokyo

Nezu Museum | © scarletgreen/Flickr
Nezu Museum | © scarletgreen/Flickr
From some of the city’s best art museums to unique historic landmarks, we’ve picked out the best things to see and do in Tokyo‘s Minato Ward.

Nogi Shrine

Shrine
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Nogi Shrine, Shinto Shrine, Tokyo
Nogi Shrine opened in 1923 and is dedicated to General Nogi Maresuke and his wife Shizuko | © Elizabeth Cole / Alamy Stock Photo
General Nogi Maresuke and his wife Nogi Shizuko committed suicide on September 13, 1912, choosing to follow their Emperor into death. Nogi Shrine was established in their honor eleven years later, where the couple – now kami – are enshrined.
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Nezu Museum

Building, Museum
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Nezu Museum, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Nezu Museum, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan. | © World Discovery / Alamy Stock Photo
Nezu Museum in located in the upscale Aoyama neighborhood. The museum focuses on classical and ancient East Asian Art, most of which was once part of a private collection, but the location is equally famous for its beautiful Japanese strolling garden.
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Zojo-ji

Buddhist Temple
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Zojoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Zōjō-ji opened in the late 14th century | © coward_lion / Alamy Stock Photo
Zojo-ji is an important temple of the Pure Land Sect of Buddhism. The temple’s Sangedatsu Gate dates back to 1622 and is considered an Important Cultural Property. It is thought that passing through the “Triple Moksha” gate will free you from greed, hatred, and foolishness.
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Shinbashi

Market, Park
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Shinbashi is a place to discover pockets of Tokyo’s disappearing Shitamachi (Low Town) culture. It’s also a great place for densha otaku (train geeks) to explore. Check out the bars and izakaya tucked under the railway tracks and the train at Steam Locomotive Square.
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