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

VIDS

Hokusai Museum

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Name: Hokusai Museum

Kind: Museum

Location: 35°41’45.93″ N 139°48’01.54″ E

Address: 2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida ward, Tokyo 130-0014

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Site: hokusai-museum.jp

The Sumida Hokusai Museum in Ryogoku is an interesting little stop. There are various levels of admission – a small free gallery, and larges ones at $18 and $26.

To get there, take the JR Chuo-Sobu line to Ryogoku Station (JB21), exit north or west, and head west. You will pass the massive Edo-Tokyo Museum on your left, and a few blocks up on your left, in a small, non-descript aluminum-looking bldg. is the Hokusai Museum.

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Hokusai was Japan’s most famous painter who lived in the 16th century. He is best known for a ukiyo-e style of wood block painting, including his most famous work, 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. and Fine Wind, Clear Morning.

As a footnote, Ryogoku Station is one stop east of Kinshicho, another area worth checking out.

There’s lots to do in this area – known as Sumida. The Sumida River and walks are to the west, Tokyo Sky Tree is to the northeast, and there is also a Japanese Sword Museum 2 blocks to the northwest at the Former Yasuda Garden, which is free. There is also the massive Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo museum just south of the garden and just north of the station. Tokyo Sky Tree’s location was deliberately planned so that it would have spectacular views from this garden. One block northeast of that is Yokoamicho Park, also worth a look. During the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923, 44,000 people were killed in the park when it was swept by a firestorm. There is also a tiny park just behind the Hokusai Museum with spectacular views of Sky Tree.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a spectacular feat of engineering, and is not to be missed. Admission is reasonable at $18 and well worth it. The inside of the museum is a massive recreation of an Edo-period village including a massive wood bridge, traditional Japanese houses, and all sorts of exhibits. Be sure not to miss it while in the area.

2 blocks north of Edo-Tokyo Museum is a very nice, albeit somewhat expensive hotel, the Dai-ichi Hotel Ryogoku. A block north of that is another museum, the Great Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum.

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There’s also a nice organic grocery right across the street from the Hokusai Museum.

There is also a seperate Hokusai Museum in Nagano, northwest of Tokyo, and a gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Hokusai Museum, shown at the red marker on the right. Ryogoku Sta. is to the left. The sumo museum is the bldg. with the green roof just north of the station. The Sumida River is on the left.

LINKS

https://hokusai-museum.jp/

https://www.city.sumida.lg.jp

https://whenin.tokyo/Sumida-Hokusai-Museum

https://en.japantravel.com/tokyo/sumida-hokusai-museum/35523

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-six_Views_of_Mount_Fuji

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Tokyo-station/Ry%C5%8Dgoku-Eki

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

http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index087.html

http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/#googtrans(en)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%AB%C5%8D-S%C5%8Dbu_Line

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei%C5%8D_Line

https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/hokusai

http://greatkantoearthquake.com/index.html

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KGxFp6Vg18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeTFqveZOGU