Kasumigaseki

Name: Kasumigaseki

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°40’22.31″ N 139°44’58.97″ E

Stations: Kasumigaseki Station, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M-15), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H-07), Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-08)

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? If you’re nearby.

Updated 6/25/2021

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Kasumigaseki is a small town just south of the Japan central gov’t area Nagatcho in west-central Tokyo. Kasumigaseki literally means Misty Gate. It’s also the name of a 19th century Ukiyo-e wood block painting High Noon at Kasumigaseki.

Just to the southeast of Kensei Memorial Park and the Japan central gov’t HQ are a cluster of gov’t buildings including the HQ for the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is also a Metro station at Kasumigaseki.

Because it’s a large gov’t area, there’s not a lot to do, but it’s still worth a look. The walk around the area and up north towards Nagatcho can be spectacular at sunset. The Imperial Palace, jogging path, and moat are also just to the east.

Around further to south and east are Hibiya and Marunouchi north of that. Just east is the spectacular Hibiya Park.

Kensei Memorial Park

Just to the north of Kasumigaseki, out in front of the Diet bldg. around 35°40’33.84″ N 139°44’53.60″ E is Kensei Memorial Park – a very nice green park with a small museum at the north end. If you’re in the area, you’ll want to stop by.

Also just to the northwest of the park is the nice Akasaka area – see our post Nagatcho/Akasaka Superguide for more info.

Kasumigaseki Building

Of particular note around 35°40’17.43″ N 139°44’52.85″ E is the Kasumigaseki Building – Japan’s first real skycraper built in 1968. There’s a large concrete park + fountain behind the building. A film, Chōkōsō no Akebono, was made about its construction.

Access

To get to the area take the Metro Marunouchi Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, or Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (C-08) and exit at Kasumigaseki Station. The Chiyoda Line has a few more key stops just a few stations away in either direction: namely, Hibiya Station, Ōtemachi Station, and Akasaka Station.

When you exit, you’ll come up to the street just south of the park mentioned above. The Diet bldg. will be just to your northwest.

Toranomon to the South

Just a few blocks to the south is the cool Toranomon area. See our Toranomon Superguide for more info. If you have extra time it’s worth a stroll. It’s only a few blocks’ walk.

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Looking southwest into Toranomon from Kasumigaseki at sunset.

Conclusion

Even though it’s a gov’t area, there’s a fair amount to see just by walking around, and at the right time of day, it can be a visually epic area to see. You can enjoy crossing the area on the way between one of the areas mentioned above, or walk around the Diet/park area for some exercise. If you have extra time, be sure to check out the Akasaka area as well. Hibiya Park to the easy is a must-see.

Enjoy!

LINKS

Also see our Nagatcho/Akasaka Superguide since Kasumigaseki is very close to Nagatcho/Akasaka.

Kasumigaseki

Kasumigaseki Station (Tokyo) – Wikipedia

Kasumigaseki Area Guide | Tokyo Cheapo

Edo Castle Outer Moat Underground Museum | Tokyo Cheapo

Kasumigaseki Building – Tokyo’s 1st high-rise office building[4]

Chōkōsō no Akebono (A film about the construction of the Kasumigaseki Building).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kuniyoshi_Utagawa,_High_Noon_at_Kasumigaseki.jpg

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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (M0+)

Name: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (M0+)

Kind: Museum

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°40’48.56″ N 139°48’24.94″ E

Station: Sumiyoshi Station, Metro Hanzomon Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? A must-see.

Updated 6/20/2021

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Access

To get to the museum, take the Metro Hanzomon Line, get off at Sumiyoshi Station and exit to the street. Head west down side streets until you hit a river. Cross one of the river’s bridges west, and then head south on Mitsume Dori (Boulevard) about 1/2 a mile. The museum will be on your left. It’s a about a mile walk total from the station to the museum.

If you’re visiting or staying at Tokyo Sky Tree to the north, you can also easily walk south to the museum within a few miles.

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Hanzomon Line map @ Suitengumae Station. Sumiyoshi is 2 stops northeast of that, and Sky Tree (Oshiagé) is the northern terminus 2 stops later.

Also, just across the street to the east of the station is Sarue-Onshi Park, which is also worth a stop if you have extra time.

There’s loads to do at the museum and its exhibits are excellent. You can easily spend several hours there.

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West-side entrance to the museum.

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Kiba Park

Just south of the museum is the huge and excellent Kiba Park which is worth a stroll too if you have time.

Kinshicho

Also just to the north of Sumiyoshi Station about 1/2 a mile is the interesting little town of Kinshicho. Worth a quick walk + look if you have time.

Enjoy!

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This sign shows a map and the way as soon as you exit the station.

LINKS

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Sumiyoshi Station

Oshiage Station/Z14

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiba_Park

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Printing Museum, Tokyo

Name: Printing Museum, Tokyo

Kind: Museum

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°42’30.89″ N 139°44’29.72″ E

Station: Iidabashi Station/T06/Y13/N10 | Tozai Line, Korakuen Station (M10) Marunouchi Line, Yurakucho Line, Namboku Line, Kasuga Station, Toei Mita Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? A must-see.

Updated 6/20/2021

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Also see our Iidabashi Superguide for the surrounding area.

Access

The quickest way to the Printing Museum is to get to Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi or Namboku Line, then head west a few blocks. There is another portal to Korakuen Station a bit further to the east around 35°42’30.21″ N 139°45’14.27″ E. This portal also services Kasuga Station on the Toei Mita and Odeo Lines. But it’s a bit more of a walk (but still under a mile).

If you’re looking for a nice cheap hotel nearby, there’s a nice Dormy Inn right across the street from Kasuga Station.

Kasuga Station portal at night.

If you’re up for more of a walk, you can also get there from Suidobashi Station further to the south if you take a JR line.

Area Layout

From Tokyo Dome at Korakuen Station, you’ll have to head west down side streets as there is no direct route. Be sure to bring a phone with a GPS-enabled map.

You can also follow Rt. 434 west, and then head north where it crosses Rt. 8. The museum is just to the north on Rt. 8.

Tokyo Dome/Korakuen Station, lower right, and the Printing Museum, upper left.

The museum has an incredible display of the history of printing in Japan, all kinds of books and parchments, and other exhibits. The displays are top-notch and the entire place has an air of excellence about it.

It’s a must-see when you’re in Tokyo.

Enjoy!

Toppan Koishikawa Head Office Building

1-3-3 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8531

TEL +81 3-5840-2300

FAX +81 3-5840-1567

Hours 10:00 – 18:00 (last admissions 17:30)

Closed Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday).

Korakuen Gardens

If you have time, also pop into Korakuen Gardens just west of Tokyo Dome and check it out. It’s worth a stop.

LINKS

https://www.printing-museum.org/en/

Iidabashi Station/T06/Y13/N10

https://foursquare.com/v/%E6%98%A5%E6%97%A5%E9%A7%85-kasuga-sta-i12e07/4b22109df964a520944324e3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toei_Mita_Line

https://kyohotel.jp/en/hotel/mshotel-kasuga-en/

https://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Name: HOTEL GAJOEN TOKYO

Kind: Hotel/Museum

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°37’53.35″ N 139°42’47.64″ E

Station: Meguro Station, Namboku Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Yep.

Updated 6/16/2021

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Access

Take the Metro Namboku Line and get off at Meguro Station.

You can also take the Keisei Skyliner directly from Narita International Airport to Meguro Station.

The hotel lies a bit out on the west side of southwest Tokyo – expect anywhere from 20-30 minutes on a normal train from central Tokyo, or around an hour from Narita.

If you need to exchange currency, there is the Smart Currency Exchange at 1 Chome-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0064, although it is a bit south of the station.

Grounds + Museum

The hotel sits on the banks of the Meguro River and has lush green parks + Japanese gardens surrounding it. There is also a very large modern museum on the south side. The museum is in fact, one of the best in Tokyo and is a hidden gem.

Rooms are elegant + understated.

Less than a mile to the northeast is the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, which was once the residence of Prince Asaka (who was allegedly involved in the Nanking Massacre), and of former Japanese prime ministers during and after World War 2. It became a museum in 1983. If you’re up for a bit of a walk, pop over and check it out. There is also an Institute for Nature Study and park at the museum.

Kita Roppeita XIV Commemorative Nōgaku Theatre

Just to the south a few blocks is the excellent traditional Kita Roppeita XIV Commemorative Nōgaku Theatre where traditional Noh plays are performed – also worth a look.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/

https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/en/

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo | GO TOKYO

https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/skyliner/index.php

http://kita-noh.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noh

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I-Garden Terrace

Name: I-Garden Terrace

Kind: Mixed Use

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°42’05.14″ N 139°45’00.67″ E

Station: Korakuen Station (M22), Metro Marunouchi Line, Metro Namboku Line (N11), JR Suidobashi Station

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Worth a stop.

Updated 6/15/2021

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Just south of Tokyo Dome in west central Tokyo lies I-Garden Terrace – a small mixed-use complex. The building is mostly restaurants, but they also sometimes have events.

Access

To get here, take the Metro Marunouchi Line or Metro Namboku Line to Korakuen Station, or a JR Line to Suidobashi Station.

From Korakuen Station exit to the south, walk across the elevated platform, past Tokyo Dome, down the stairs the right, then 2 blocks west, then 1 block south. From Suidobashi Station head directly west approx. 3 blocks.

There’s not a whole lot to do here, but it does have some interesting restaurants. If you have time for lunch or dinner and are in the area, pop in and check it out.

Enjoy!

LINKS

I-Garden Terrace

Additional Photos

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There are lots of other cool places to eat south of Suidobashi Station as well.