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St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

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Address: 3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo 112-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
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Spectacular, "brutalist" style architectural gem.

The light within is magical: peaceful and serene. Not-to-be-missed architectural gem for the design lover.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2016
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Eugene, OR
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Eugene, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The light within is magical: peaceful and serene. Not-to-be-missed architectural gem for the design lover.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Designed by master architect Kenzo Tange, St Mary's Cathedral is something else. It is a must visit for architects, but will be a spiritually uplifting experience even for non architects. It is walking distance from Gokokuji Station, which is on the subway Yurakucho line just 15 mins ride from Yurakucho.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We travelled some distance especially to visit this Cathedral. We had seen photos of it on the web. It was spectacular in real life. Inside the church was equally spectacular. The only regret is that we didn't hear the organ playing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

If only all Catholic churches could be this refined and elegant and free of clutter. This is an extraordinarily beautiful building well worth a detour from the usual Tokyo tourist route for anybody with even a slight interest in architecture. It is so elegant and calm.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This modernized cathedral gives off a very serene yet sophisticated aura. The interior of the cathedral was breathtaking. You can also find a Mother Mary grotto similar to the one existing in Lourdes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I'm not given to superlatives, but the architect and builders have produced something, which in church design terms, is simply awe inspiring. It is a church design which speaks to the modern age. It's clean lines and angular planes draw the senses and mind upwards..transcendentally even. It's a beautiful juxtaposition of a Japanese take on a Christian tradition. And you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This was not my first time in Japan, but I had never seen this beautiful building. It is very modern and it is a working cathedral. If you would like to visit to see the building and not be at mass make sure of the time. For people that like arquitecture is a must

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I visited in December 2012. I had been working in Tokyo for awhile and decided to go here for Sunday morning mass. The building itself is very nice inside and outside, and for the mass they had a booklet in English, although it was in Japanese and difficult to understand what was going on sometimes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Built in 1964 and designed by Kenzo Tange, it features a column-less interior. Many weddings take place here and offer a colourful spectacle with the groom and bride, and most of the guests, in traditional ceremony clothes. And there's an organ recital once a month.

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