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/

Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

Name: Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT)

Kind: Museum

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°41’25.15″ N 139°45’16.30″ E

Station: Takebashi StationMetro Tozai Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? A must-see.

Updated 6/14/2021

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Just north of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo is the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (not to be confused with the Museum of Contermporary Art, Tokyo further to the east). This excellent and modern museum lies just west of the Parkside Bldg., just north of the moat north of the Imperial Palace, and also just west of Hibiya. Just beyond Hibiya to the east lies central Tokyo and the Marunouchi district.

Further to the west around the moat to the south lies the fabulous Akasaka.

Just northeast lies Otemachi.

The complex also houses the National Craft Museum. For the craft museum you must make a reservation online in advance.

Just northwest of the museum is Kitanomaru (North Circle) Park – so named because it is on the circular route that rings the Imperial Palace. The park has other stuff to do – such as a large science museum, walking paths, and Nippon Budokan (built for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics). Budokan is now used for various sporting events and concerts.

Access

To get to the museum, take the Metro Tozai Line and exit Takebashi Station to the street. At street level, head west down the sidewalk, pass the Parkside Bldg. on your right, and the museum will be up a block on your right – across from the Imperial Palace. Note that for Takebashi Station there is no above-ground station – the entire thing is under street-level.

Takebashi Station exit, right, Parkside Bldg., left. One block left of that is the museum.

Area Layout

Takebashi Station exit, far right, Parkside Bldg., upper center. One block left of that is the museum. South of the museum is the Imperial Palace. You can also walk all the way around the palace by walking the sidewalk along the moat. The science museum is in the upper left corner of the frame. To the very upper right of the frame is Otemachi. Way off to the right out of frame is Hibiya.

There’s lots to do here, although the museum isn’t terribly large. The building itself is impressive, as is its collection of art. Most of the art is from Japan but it’s impressive nonetheless and worth a look. If you have time, stop in and look around.

Enjoy!

LINKS

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Takebashi StationMetro Tozai Line

National Craft Museum

National Museum of Modern Art | JNTO

Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Chiyoda

Iidabashi Superguide

Name: Iidabashi

Kind: Town

Location: 35°42’01.65″ N 139°44’57.25″ E

Station: Iidabashi Station

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? For a quick stroll.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Last updated 8/2/2021

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Iidabashi is a small town in central Tokyo just west of Tokyo Dome City and just east of Kagurazaka. Just to the south is the Imperial Palace and Maruonuchi areas.

To get here take the Tozai Line, Namboku Line, or Yurakucho Line and get off at IIdabashi Station. The Yurakucho Line can also shoot you into the Ginza area @ Yurakucho Station by going east across Tokyo. The Tozai Line has some other notable nearby stops such as Nakano, Waseda, and Kagurazaka. It’s also less crowded. The Namboku Line stops @ Korakuen Station at Tokyo Dome where you can change to other critical lines such as the Maronuchi Line (which can also shoot you to Ginza, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, and Tokyo stations).

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Maronuchi Line map @ Korakuen Station.

History

The area was originally called Iidamachi (literally ‘Iida’s Town‘), named after a local samurai in the late 1500’s – Iida Kihei. Later a bridge (bashi) was built in the area. The town informally came to be known as Iidabashi (‘Iida’s Bridge’) during the Meiji Restoration of the mid 1800’s. But the town wasn’t officially renamed to Iidabashi unti 1966 when the first post office was opened there.

Area Layout

Central Iidabashi – the main intersection with its huge elevated walkways is in the middle. The station is in the center left below the walkways. The Ramla complex is in the tall bldg. on the left. Mejiro Dori is the street running to the south towards the Imperial Palace. If you head east (right in this photo) at the small 2-story white bldg. in the center, you will come to Tokyo Dome. Shinjuku is to the west (left).

IIdabashi is a rather small town by Japanese standards but is just central enough to be important for easy access to different parts of the city. The town is mostly organized around one central intersection on Rt. 8 (Mejiro Dori), and includes 4 major streets – 2 running north, one running east-west, and one running south (Mejiro Dori).

The central area around the major intersection has everything you want to see as well as IIdabashi Station on the southwest corner. The station is the small tan bldg. on the right shown in the photo at the top of this page.

Just to the right of the station is a Becker’s (Bekazu’s to locals) which has all kinds of food and great burgers. Just to the right (west) of that around the corner is a shopping complex called Ramla.

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Ramla complex, left. The station is just around the corner to the left. If you head up this street (west) for about 1/4 mile, then turn right, you’ll come to Kagurazaka. There is also a Metro subway entrance for Iidabashi Station there. A few blocks down on the left is the Canal Café.

A reverse view of the station – looking back north. The station and Ramla are on the left.

There is a massive long walkway system with stairs on each corner of the intersection. You’ll have to climb the stairs and then walk along the walkway to get to the other side.

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The massive pedestrian elevated walkway.

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Get ready to climb some stairs.

On the walkway, facing east. Tokyo Dome Hotel is just barely visible in the upper left side of the photo.

Facing west on the walkway.

If you cross to the northwest corner of the walkway, then down to the street, you’ll be on a street running northwest (the next street to the north of the street Ramala is on), you’ll find some good restaurants and shops. There’s a nice Tully’s Coffee right on the corner, ramen and soba noodle shops, pizza, and a nice Italian place across the street called Spiga. A few more blocks up the street on the left is a Doutour café which has some good cheap food like lettuce hot dogs for a few bucks. There is also a Denny’s in the area.

Facing west. Station is to the southwest.

Spiga restaurant.

Plenty of local places to eat.

Hotels

There is the aforementioned Tokyo Dome Hotel to the east in the area, a nice FLEXStay Inn to the northwest a bit (up Shin-Mejiro Dori), and a nice APA Hotel to the south on Mejiro Dori. All are worth it. Tokyo Dome Hotel tends to run roughly around $100/night, the other two around $65-80, depending on season + demand. There are various other hotels in the area.

Walk to Imperial Palace + Marunouchi

Once you’ve had your fun in Iidabashi, you can stroll for a few miles south on Mejiro Dori and after crossing Rt. 302, it will turn into Sotobori Dori. Continue south here for about 1/2 mile until you hit Hakusan Dori and then turn right, then 1 block and turn left. Continue south a bit more, and you’ll come to the Imperial Palace (south on Rt. 301).

Head south on Sotobori Dori for 1 block, turn right onto Hakusan Dori shown here, cross over the river, then make the next left for the Imperial Palace.

The entire walk is only a couple of miles. Just to the east of Imperial Palace is the Otemachi/Marunouchi financial district which is well worth a look. But be prepared because the Marunouchi area is vast + takes several days to explore fully. The Otemachi/Tokyo Station underground area is a city unto itself.

As a footnote, if you turn around north on Hakusan Dori it will take you all the way back north to Tokyo Dome City.

That’s about it for Iidabashi. It’s a nice little town for a quick evening or weekend look.

Enjoy!

Additional Photos

Another view of the station from the walkway stairs.

The small Doutour Café on the right. Station is down the street straight ahead, then right.

The huge walkway coming down the street from the Doutour. Tully’s is on the right, out of frame.

LINKS

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/iidabashi/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_tozai/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_namboku/index.html

https://www.ramla.jp/

https://chikatoku.enjoytokyo.jp/en/spot/ramla.html

https://tokyocheapo.com/locations/central-tokyo/idabashi/

https://www.canalcafe.jp/

http://tenmintokyo.com/2020/07/12/walk-in-waseda/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1066457-d1095031-Reviews-FLEXSTAY_INN_Iidabashi-Shinjuku_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www.doutor.co.jp/en/

VIDS

A stroll in Kagurazaka

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Name: Kagurazaka

Kind: Town

Location: 35°42’05.34″ N 139°44’25.41″ E

Station: Kagurazaka, Tozai 05

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? Yep.

Our Rating: ★★★★

Last updated 6/4/2021

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Kagurazaka is a small town in northwest Tokyo. It’s near Waseda University. The main street through the town is called Waseda Dori.

Kaguraza is stop T05 on the Tozai Metro Subway Line. In fact, you can make a day trip of 4 stops on Tozai near each other: Nakano (T01), Waseda (T04), Kagurazaka (T05), and Iidabashii (T06). If you feel adventurous + have more time, you can also stop at Takadanobaba (T03). But hitting all 5 in a day would be a full day as there is a lot to see at each.

Kagurazaka is northwest of the next small city on the Tozai LineIidabashi – and is also southwest of Tokyo Dome City to the northeast. You can also change to the Maronuchi Line @ Iidabashi Station to get to Tokyo Dome.

Kagurazaka has a small-town charm all its own. The main attractions are a wide variety of small food, restaurant, wine and shop establishments. The main station exit is off on a little side street. When you pop up out of the station turn right to get to Waseda Dori. Then turn left + head down the hill to walk the main street. You can also turn left from the station, then right again at the next right + walk all the way to Shinjuku. If you turn right for Waseda Dori + head down the hill, at the next major interesection there is a corner entrance to Iidabashi Station.

Kagurazaka is known for its large number of Kaiseki restaurants. Kaiseki is a refined form of dining considered a delicacy in Japan.

If you’re into wine, there are a lot of wine shops on Waseda Dori. Check out the World Wine Bar. They also serve lunch for around $10. Also don’t be afraid to check out the side streets and alleys which have a huge number of nice hidden shops as well.

Kagurazaka Metro Station is the orange bldg. on the left. Turn right at the end of the street to walk to Shinjuku. You can also visit the shrine at the end of the street shown above.

Kagurazaka Metro Station

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When you pop up out of Kagurazaka Metro Station, across the street you’ll see this French wine shop. It turns out Kagurazaka has a lot of French expats living in it. Turn right here to head to the main street:

Looking right from the station. Turn left at this light for Waseda Dori. Head down the hill. There’s a nice Family Mart on the corner if you want some food.

Waseda Dori facing east. Shinjuku is in the distance. This street is lined with all sorts of charming shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars. At night especially it’s interesting.

Waseda Dori facing east. The Iidabashi Metro Station is on the lefthand corner across the street. If you head straight ahead, eventually you’ll end up in Shinjuku.

The Iidabashi Metro Station is on the left. Waseda Dori continues straight ahead.

Sakura Coin Laundry

If you need a good laundromat (as they say in the US), there’s the Sakura Coin Laundry just north of the station shown in Rambalac’s video below.

Courtesy Rambalac

Conclusion

That’s about it. While Kagurazaka isn’t a big town, there’s lots to see + do on its main street – so plan on a few hours at least if you want to visit some shops, or stop in at cafés + restaurants. All-in-all it’s well worth the trip. Also see our post on Nakano 3 stops to the west.

Enjoy!

Additional Photos

Another view down Waseda Dori

Organic vegetable grocery. Note the tiny café to the left. This is what makes Kagurazaka so awesome – lots of quaint little shops.

LINKS

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

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/kagurazaka/index.html

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ushigome-kagurazaka_Station

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3071.html

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

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48QeaX8PL-w

Walk in Waseda

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Name: Waseda University

Kind: Education

Location: 35°42’31.44″ N 139°43’10.73″ E

Address: 1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8050, JAPAN

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Yep.

Last updated 7/12/2020

Waseda is one of Japan’s top universities. It’s located about 2-3 miles west of the Tokyo Dome area. It’s well worth a day trip to stroll around. There’s a quaint little side street entrace from the main street – shown below.

You can walk there from Tokyo Dome down Waseda Dori, but you will have to have a map and make a few twists and turns along the way.

The easiest way to get there is to take the Metro subway on the Tozai Line and get off at Station 04 – Waseda.

If you have time, you can also check out the eastern terminus of the Tozai Line at Nakano – 3 stops to the northwest – also worth a day trip.

Once you exit the subway and come up onto the street, turn right (north) and head up the street. At the corner with the big red Tori Gate on it, hang a right and you’ll be on the street shown below:

Waseda University – the university is just at the end of this street.

Courtesy Mohejin Japan

On return you can also walk the other way down the main street where the subway exit was and explore the town of Waseda. There are a lot of restaurants and shops along the way.

Enjoy!

LINKS

VIDS