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/

Tokyo’s World Trade Center

Name: World Trade Center

Kind: Skyscraper

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’23.93″ N 139°45’25.72″ E

Stations: Daimon Station, Toei Asakusa Line (A09), or Toei Oedo Line (E20), Hamamatsucho Station.

Address: 2-4-1, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-6140

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? For the observation deck + restaurants.

Updated 4/13/2021

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The Tokyo World Trade Center was completed in 1970, 2 years before the former US World Trade Center. It offers an observation deck, offices, a conference center, and underground shops + restaurants. It also has a large wedding venue. For a year or so it was the tallest building in Tokyo in the early 1970’s. In the basement is also a station for the Tokyo Monorail.

Access

To get to World Trade Center, take Toei Asakusa Line (A09), or Toei Oedo Line (E20), and exit Daimon Station to the street. You can also walk or bike fairly quickly from Tokyo Tower to the north, or Hamamatsucho to the west (it’s actually in south Hamamatsucho). It’s also close to Shimbashi to the northeast. Also just to the southeast a few blocks is Shiodomé. The Toei Ōedo Line has over 40 stops and is huge.

Also note that the eastern terminus of the Toei Asakusa Line is in Oshiagé, where Tokyo Sky Tree is.

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A place to park your bike is out front.

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Heading north to Tokyo Tower. This street is actually an interesting stroll. Lots of restaurants + shops along the way.

Area Layout

Facing north. WTC is the tall bldg. on the left with the white top. Shiodomé is at the top, and Takeshiba Pier is to the right. Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens is in the center.

Observation Deck

The observation deck is on the top floor. Admission is 600¥ ($6 roughly) as of this writing. It has 360-degree panorama windows and a decidedly 1970’s decor. This is the must-see attraction at the WTC, so don’t miss it.

The famous western view of Tokyo from WTC’s observation deck.

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Looking down at the street from the observation deck.

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If you look to the north from the observation deck, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance.

In The Basement

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In the basement of WTC are shops, restaurants, a huge parking garage, and some art exhibits. There is also a rail station for the Tokyo Monorail.

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Tokyo Monorail station.

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens (Old Shibarikyu Gardens)

Just to the south of WTC is a nice small Japanese garden called Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens. Since it’s so close, it’s worth a stop – especially in the spring or fall. There’s a large pond with walking trails, so stop in and have a look.

Takeshiba Pier

Just to the east on Tokyo Bay is Takeshiba Pier. It’s only 2 blocks past the gardens, and well worth the walk for the view. There’s also stuff to do at the pier, and restaurants, so check it out. There’s also a station in Takeshiba on the Yurikamome Line. So if you’re coming from Shimbashi or Odaiba, that may be faster than the subway. The waterfront affords great nighttime views of Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba.

Planned Demolition

In 2014 the building was purchased and is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a new complex. So if you want to see it, best hurry before it’s gone.

Conclusion

Well that’s it. Enjoy World Trade Center. It’s a quick + easy stop and you can spend a few minutes or a few hours wandering around. The 360 degree view of Tokyo is not to be missed.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://www.wtcbldg.co.jp/

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

World Trade Center (Tokyo) – Wikipedia

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/19/index.html

World Trade Center Tokyo – LIVE JAPAN

Tokyo Observation Deck Guide

5 Reasons to Visit the World Trade Center Building Observatory

World Trade Center | Sebastian Motsch

155 Tokyo World Trade Center Photos + Premium High Res Pictures

大崎の屋外多目的広場 | ThinkPark Arena

http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/

World Trade Centers Association

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