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“Nice for a change, off the touristic routes” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Holy Resurrection Cathedral

Holy Resurrection Cathedral
4-1 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 101-0062, Japan
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Ranked #28 of 72 attractions in Chiyoda
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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“Nice for a change, off the touristic routes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

St. Nicholas Cathedral or Nicholai-do is located at one block distance from JR Ochanomizu station. Being a little bit isolated from other tourist attractions it is usually overlooked, as not many things are around this area. I would only recommend a visit if you have plenty of time. It means a visual change from typical shrines (architectural wise), but the mandatory payment for entering, being given a brochure and a candle (if you are orthodox) seems preposterous. An outside visit might be enough for most tourists. Not far from here you can complement the visit with a small walk on one of the musical instruments streets of Tokyo.

Visited October 2013
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“Nikolai Cathedral very limited”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Holy Resurrection Cathedral, better known as Nikolai Cathedral, is worth looking at if your visiting close by, but I wouldn't make a special trip. The building exterior is quite imposing and beautiful, and something completely different in the Tokyo landscape. The interior is not as big as you'd expect. It is a single space, with a foyer and visitors seating area. As you enter you pay 300yen and receive an information brochure (several languages available) and a candle to light. You move into the visitors seating area, adjacent to the main worship area, and that's as far as you go. You can lean in to look around. Photography is not allowed. There is a table of books and postcards for sale. The ceiling of the main dome is largely undecorated and the interior itself is fairly subdued compared to other Orthodox cathedrals. It is, however, an important historical building in Tokyo, surviving disasters and wars, and probably warrants a look on that basis alone.

Visited January 2013
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“Off the beaten track and a nice change from shrines and temples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Also know as Nicholai-do. Named after the founder of the Orthodox church in Japan, who later became St Nicholas of Japan.
The church took 7 years to build and was completed in 1891.

It'd in a leafy part of town, easily accessible by subway.
Opens between 1pm and 4pm.

All Japanese tourists when we were there.

Very serene and spiritual place.

A 100 yen donation to light a candle and send your prayer heavenward.

Worth a visit for something different to do.

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