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Minato is a fairly sprawling ward with no single center. It is known as a very wealthy part of Tokyo and home to most of Tokyo's foreign embassies, many of its large multinational corporations and a number of prestigious universities.
The following parts of Minato have their own articles:
- Akasaka - a business district and nightlife area near the government center
- Odaiba - the Tokyo of the future built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay
- Roppongi - Tokyo's hub for contemporary art and nightlife
- Shiodome - a still-growing cluster of brand new skyscrapers
- Shinbashi - an older business and commercial district
- Hamamatsuchō (浜松町), terminus of the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport; the closest station on the Yamanote to both Tokyo Tower (10 min. walk) and Roppongi (25 min. walk).
- Daimon (大門), By underground station Asakusa line and Oedo line.
- Hamamatsuchō Bus Terminal (浜松町バスターミナル), Exway buses came from Chiba (ex Choshi, Kisarazu) and Tohoku (ex Yamagata, Hirosaki).
- Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal (竹芝桟橋, Takeshiba Sanbashi) by boat from Izu and Ogasawara Islands.
- 1 Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō Tawā) (the nearest station is Akabanebashi (5 min walk) although Hamamatsucho and Daimon are accessible through several lines and only slightly farther away). 9AM-10PM daily. This was a newly re-industrialized Japan's 1958 answer to Paris's Eiffel Tower — a bit more modern-looking and 9 meters taller. Entry to the Main Observatory (150m) is ¥820, while ascending to the Special Observatory (250m) is an extra ¥600. It also comprise One Piece-themed entertainment zone. Note that the Tokyo SkyTree tower, opened in 2012 and located in Sumida ward, is twice as high. You'll get also better views from higher up for free if you visit Shinjuku's Metropolitan Government Building observatory instead. Tip: To get a good view of, and picture with, the tower, try the courtyard in front of Zojoji (nearby), or the second-floor deck outside the Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills (farther away but more panoramic).
- 2 Zōjō-ji Temple (増上寺), Shibakoen 4-7-35 (Toei Mita Line Onarimon station). This grand old temple is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū sect and houses the graves of 6 of the Tokugawa shoguns, but is a little off the beaten track and is rarely visited by tourists. Particularly beautiful around cherry blossom time. It hosts a variety of religious and non-religious festivals throughout the year
- 3 Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワービル), 中央区銀座8丁目16−10 (Shinbashi station), ☎ . A famous building of Kisho Kurokawa, that reflects the views Japanese had of the future in the70's. Plans of tearing it down have been running around since 2008 but the building is still there so hurry up! From Shinbashi or Shidome station, take the underpass and get out on exit 5. Walk 150 meters until you reach a street with a highway above it. The building is across the street, a little bit to the right.
- 4 Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺), Takanawa 2-11-1 (Toei Asakusa Line Sengakuji station exit A2), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A temple most famous as the resting place of the 47 Rōnin, a famous group of samurai who banded together to avenge their unfairly slain master. Having obtained the head of the offender, they brought it to this very temple and then were condemned to commit ritual suicide, like their master. The story is told in Chūshingura, the best-known of all Kabuki plays. History aside, the temple isn't much to look at, but the small museum has artifacts from the event and after, including wooden statues of all the ronin, the banner that the ronin posted during their raid, original letters, and the receipt that the priests wrote out for the head. The graves are a popular site of pilgrimage to this day.
- Tokyo Water Cruise. Plies the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay between Hamamatsucho, Odaiba, Asakusa and other points. Fares vary depending on routing.
- Tokyo HackerSpace, Shirokanedai 5-11. Tu 7:30-9PM. Community space for working on projects. The Tuesday evening meeting is open. Hackers, tinkerers, and makers passing through town might want to drop by then. Many events and classes held at other times, some are kid-friendly. Check website for detailed schedule.
- 1 TOKYO ISLAND CAFE (東京愛らんど Tōkyō Airando), 1-12-2 Kaigan (In Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal.), ☎ . 7:30-22:30. Antenna shop of Izu Isands and Ogasawara Islands.
- 1 Minatoya (そば処港屋), Nishi-shinbashi 3-1-10, ☎ . 11:30-17:00, 17:30-20:00. A soba shop that looks like a trendy club. At the corner opposite of Toranomon Hills, it is one of the most futuristic places where you can eat soba. Zero advertisement outside, just a 10 centimetre high horizontal window running along the facade, and a tiny plaque the size of a business card, just reading "Minatoya". Enter to discover the black interior and the water basin around which customers eat, standing. Expect a long queue. Free raw eggs to put in your soup. ¥600.
- 2 Daigo (醍醐), Atago 2 chome 3-1, Atago Green Hills Forest Tower, 2F, Atago (From the Ginza-sen Toranomon station, exit 10, east 60m along Sotoboridori to the Shimbashi 1chome intersection, then South (right) 500m along Iwada-dori.), ☎ . Daily. Lunch 11:30-14:00, Dinner 17:00-20:00. Exquisite vegetarian or vegan "shojin ryori" cuisine. This is the traditional Buddhist spin on kaiseki. Gracefully served by attentive kimono-clad staff. Small private dining rooms look out onto Japanese gardens. Very expensive, but a top-class experience. Lunch ¥10,000 - Dinner ¥20,000-25,000 per person.
- 3 Narisawa, 2-6-15 Minamiaoyama, ☎ . Ranked among the world's best restaurants and with two Michelin stars. Except a blend of classical French techniques with the finest Japanese ingredients. Narisawa also has a commitment to sustainability, which expresses itself at the table. Menus from ¥20,000..
- 4 Petit Point, 4-2-48, Minami-Azabu (3 min south of Hiroo station), ☎ . Superbly prepared French cuisine. Expect to pay about ¥15,000 for a full dinner.
- 1 Hotel Okura, 2-10-4 Toranomon, ☎ , fax: . Luxury hotel that has been host to many celebrities since it's opening in 1962. Currently closed for an extensive renovation that will see the current building, by many considered a modernist masterpiece, torn down and replaced by a high-rise. Projected to re-open in 2019, it remains to be seen if Hotel Okura will continue to live on as a classic Tokyo institution.
- 2 Sheraton Miyako, 1-1-50, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8640, ☎ . Reasonably swish hotel. Good for a layover with its back garden and downstairs cigar bar. Probably a poor option for a tourist unless you have business in the area as it's about a ten minute walk from nearby transport and not close to attractions.
|Routes through Minato|
|Ueno ← Akihabara ← Tokyo ←||N W||→ Shinagawa → Gotanda → Shibuya|
|Kawaguchi ← Akabane ← Ueno ←||N S||→ Kamata → Kawasaki → Tsurumi|
|Shibuya ←||W N||→ Ginza → Suehirocho → Ueno|
|Naka Meguro ← Ebisu ←||W N||→ Ginza → Tsukiji → Ueno|
|Meijijingumae ←||W N||→ Nijubashimae → Yushima → Kitasenju|
|Nishi Magome ← Gotanda ←||W E||→ Higashi Ginza → Asakusa → Oshiage|
|Meguro ←||W N||→ Jinbocho → Kasuga → Sugamo|
|Toshimaen ← Higashi Nakano ← Shinjuku ←||W N||→ Tsukiji market → Kiyosumi-Shirakawa → Ryogoku|
|END ←||W E||→ Daiba → Toyosu|
|END ←||N S||→ Ōi Horse Race Course → Haneda Airport|