Tokyo Architecture Guide: 30 Iconic Buildings to Visit in Japan’s Capital

Tokyo Architecture Guide: 30 Iconic Buildings to Visit in Japan’s Capital

One of the world’s major metropolises, Tokyo is home to extraordinary architecture that fascinates with its blend of traditional values ​​and high-tech expression. The earthquake of 1923 and the bombings of the Second World War considerably influenced the image of the city and its architecture, giving rise to modern urban environments with complex infrastructures.

The Japanese capital is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, home to 33 million people. Divided into 23 boroughs and numerous neighborhoods, the city features a diverse mix of atmospheres and urban fabrics that favor an amalgamation of architectural typologies.

© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo© Kenichi Suzuki.  ImageThe Ariake Gymnastics Center by Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation© Nacása & Partners Inc.. Image Miyashita Park by Nikken Sekkei© Kawasumi Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office.  Image Tokyo Institute of Technology Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza by Kengo Kuma & Associates+ 30

The following list features 30 iconic modern and contemporary buildings that will be a good starting point for your first visit to Japan’s largest city, including works by renowned architects such as Nikken Sekkei, Herzog & De Meuron, Toyo Ito , Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, Kenzo Tange, OMA and Kazuyo Sejima.

Tokyu Plaza Ginza / Nikken Sekkei

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Yamaha Ginza / Nikken Sekkei

© Kenichi Suzuki Photography Studio
© Kenichi Suzuki Photography Studio

Renewal of the Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza facade / Jun Aoki & Associates

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

De Beers Ginza Building / Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects

© Naomi Kurozumi
© Naomi Kurozumi

Shizuoka Press and Broadcast Center / Kenzo Tange

Courtesy of Petr Šmidek
Courtesy of Petr Šmidek

Tokyo International Forum / Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Fernanda Castro
© Fernanda Castro

Louis Vuitton Flagship Store Ginza / Jun Aoki Architects + Peter Marino Architect

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Miu Miu Boutique Aoyama / Herzog & de Meuron

© Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

Omotesando Keyaki Building / Norihiko Dan and associates

© Kozo Takayama
© Kozo Takayama

Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange

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Courtesy of Flickr CC/Jamie Barras License.

Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hase

© Masaya Yoshimura
© Masaya Yoshimura

Miyashita Park / Nikken Sekkei

©Shin Shasin Kobo.  ImageNikken Sekkei Miyashita Park
©Shin Shasin Kobo. ImageNikken Sekkei Miyashita Park

Japan National Stadium / Taisei Corporation + AZUSA SEKKEI + Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd., Kengo Kuma and Associates Joint Venture.  ImageJapan National Stadium by Taisei Corporation + AZUSA SEKKEI + Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd., Kengo Kuma and Associates Joint Venture. ImageJapan National Stadium by Taisei Corporation + AZUSA SEKKEI + Kengo Kuma & Associates

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower / Kenzo Tange

© Koji Horiuchi
© Koji Horiuchi

Spiral Building / Fumihiko Maki

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wiiii [Wikipedia] licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Takeshi Yamagishi
© Takeshi Yamagishi

Koenji Piece

NA House / Sou Fujimoto Architects

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Setagaya Piece

Breeze / ARTechnic Architects

© Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

Za Koenji / Toyo Ito Public Theater

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Shibaura Piece

Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima

Shibaura House.  Image via Flickr User:Park licensed under CC BY 2.0
Shibaura House. Image via Flickr User:Park licensed under CC BY 2.0

Asahi Brewery / Philippe Starck

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Kōtō district

Tokyo Aquatic Center / Tange Associates and Yamashita Sekkei

Ariake Gymnastics Center / Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation

© Kenichi Suzuki.  ImageThe Ariake Gymnastics Center by Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation
© Kenichi Suzuki. ImageThe Ariake Gymnastics Center by Nikken Sekkei + Shimizu Corporation

St. Mary’s Cathedral / Kenzo Tange

© Scarletgreen
© Scarletgreen

Oshiage Piece

A @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo
© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo

Musashino/Sou Fujimoto University of Art Museum and Library

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Tama University of Art Library / Toyo Ito & Associates

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Harumi Piece

Harumi Residential Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

© Ishiguro Photographic Institute
© Ishiguro Photographic Institute

City of Meguro

Tokyo Institute of Technology Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Kawasumi Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office.  Image Tokyo Institute of Technology Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza by Kengo Kuma & Associates
© Kawasumi Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office. Image Tokyo Institute of Technology Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza by Kengo Kuma & Associates

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