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Beautiful and unexpected

This cathedral was a bit out of the way and took a little deeper to find out about online, but the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
Spectacular. If interested at all in modern architecture it is a must

An absolute must if you have any interest in modern architecture. The exterior is spectacular but... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
Christina C
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3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo 112-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cathedral was a bit out of the way and took a little deeper to find out about online, but the architecture and design of the place are stunning. The Gokokuji area itself, while upper class, is a great introduction into suburban Tokyo too.

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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

An absolute must if you have any interest in modern architecture. The exterior is spectacular but the interior is even more awe-inspiring. You do not have to be religious to appreciate the architecture and beauty of this building. It’s even more majestic that it just...More

1  Thank Christina C
Reviewed January 21, 2018

My family andI visited the Tokyo Cathedral for Christmas Mass this year. It was an exceptional experience - the architecture of the cathedral, the interior decoration (SO Japanese!) and especially the music. It is well worth the visit - even if we understood not a...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Toured this Church this morning. A bit hard to find from Metro Station, but it was worth the visit. No Mass unfortunately but the Church is open as some maintenance guys are working inside. Exterior: I can't believe it was done in the 60's. Tange...More

1  Thank bml_012
Reviewed January 2, 2018

If you are fond of modern architecture this will be a nice side trip. It is just a bit out of the usual rail line that we go through and took a bus to reach the place.

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Reviewed October 18, 2017

This Cathedral was just next to the hotel I was staying in and its architecture makes it spectacular. Although the design may seem harsh and uninviting, inside the church it is very serene and conducive to prayer. We also attended a weekday morning Mass in...More

Thank DJNKSingapore
Reviewed August 15, 2017

What I immediately noticed about this building, because I used to live near San Francisco, CA., is how much this Tokyo edifice resembles the iconic Mary's Cathedral of San Francisco, by the renowned architect I.M.Pei. It was a RADICAL design for the time, and garnered...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed July 26, 2017

This cathedral was finished in 1964 after the old one was destroyed. It features a wonderful steel design. Not as big as I believed. A pamphlet describes most elements inside and out. No pictures are allowed inside. It was nice seeing a copy of the...More

1  Thank Julian T
Reviewed January 18, 2017

The architecture of this cathedral is very modern and far from the old cathedrals we are used to. I liked the metallic surface and the sweeping lines. It is also interesting to find this cathedral in a country where there are few Catholics.

1  Thank StefanHaeger
Reviewed January 4, 2017

If you get tired of temple hopping in Tokyo, you should definitely pay St. Mary's Cathedral a visit. It's designed by Kenzo Tange, who is also the designer behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku (where you can get a stunning view of Tokyo...More

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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
I cannot be precise about opening hours but being a church I think you could safely say 9.00 to 5.00. there appears to be administrative staff working there who have offices within the cathedral building. It is open at... More