We have covered some of the unique architecture in Japan, and some of them make you feel like you are in another country. Today, we will continue to introduce you to, all the hidden architecture which are designed by famous architects! If you are visiting these areas, try to slot them in your itineraries!
4) MIKIMOTO GINZA 2
Address: 2-4-12 MIKIMOTO Ginza 2, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Business Hour: 11:00～19:00
Official Website: http://www.mikimoto.com/tc/stores/direct/ginza2/index.html
Mikimoto Ginza is located at the high end shopping district in Tokyo; jewelry lovers should be familiar with this building. Mikimoto was founded by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1899, which opened the first pearl specialist store – “Mikomoto’s Pearl Store”, and now Mikomoto is one of the world renowned high end jewellery. The Mikimoto Ginza 2 is built by famous architect Toyo Ito, the highlight of this building is that, all the windows have different shapes.
All the windows scattered on this building represent the different shapes of jewellery. The first to fourth floors are used as jewellery shops, it ranges from normal jewellery to pearls, where it includes high quality pearls, pearls for weddings and diamonds. The 7th to 9th floors are used to house two fine dining restaurants.
5) St. Mary Cathedral, Tokyo
Address: 3-15-16 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku
Official Website: http://tokyo-cathedral-wedding.jp/cathedral/
The original gothic style architecture was constructed in 1899, but it was destroyed during the air raids on Tokyo during World War II. With the assistance from Archdiocese of Cologne, the present building was designed by Kenzo Tange. In 1987, it was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize!
Catholic Churches are not very popular in Japan. However, this church does not even look like a traditional church, the unique space is designed in a way where it allows the sun to shine on those who come to visit, the golden organ also adds on to the gracious appearance of the church. Even those non-Catholic Japanese also come to visit! It is also a popular venue for wedding.
6) Venetian Glass Museum 箱根ガラスの森美術館
Address: Hakone-machiSengokuhara940−48, Ashigarashimo, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hour: 9:00～17:00
Admission Fee: Adult ￥1,500 University Student/ High School student:￥1,100 Junior high school / pupils ￥600
Official Website: http://www.ciao3.com/top.htm
If you are here for the Hakone hot springs, do not miss out on experiencing this beautiful gallery. In here, you can admire the noble European Venetian glass art. Besides the Venetian Glass Museum, there is also modern glass art which was made after 19th century. Besides indoor art pieces, the art museum itself and the outdoor glass decorations, including the ones shown in the picture, which is the famous “light corridor” are worth the visit. There is also an Italian band which performs 6 live music session in the restaurant, many Japanese love to come and visit!