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St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

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St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

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3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo 112-0014 Tokyo Prefecture
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jktrock wrote a review Mar 2020
Sagamihara, Japan692 contributions70 helpful votes
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If you happen to be in the area (Mejiro) stop by and visit. Other than that, I wouldn’t make a special trip (unless you major in architecture). Steel cathedral, seems very impersonal. There is absolutely nothing around it worthy a tourist eye. However, across the street there is Hotel Chinzanso with impressive banquet/wedding facilities. So, if you are into F&B, it might interest you.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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John S wrote a review Jan 2020
Poquoson, Virginia237 contributions39 helpful votes
Very stunning architectural cathedral with some interesting relics from the magi (Cologne Cathedral is its partner), John Paul II and St. Faustina. Very goad we went to see it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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JensTetz wrote a review Dec 2019
Berlin, Germany323 contributions37 helpful votes
There are so many temples, shrines and pagodas to see in Tokyo – that makes visiting a church sometimes a bit more special (even when you are European). This cathedral is definitely something extraordinary. It's a masterpiece by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. You can take the metro to Gokokuji Station and then walk about 15 minutes. You will find an iconic modern church which is stunning from the in- and outside. You can visit it free of charge but it's officially not allowed to take photos. If you are in the area you can also visit the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden which is close to St. Mary's.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Bima088 wrote a review Dec 2018
Jakarta, Indonesia290 contributions37 helpful votes
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We visited here the last time during mid year. This time finally we can attend the Christmas Mass. So grateful. Although the mass was in Japanese, we could blend in with the rest in good prayers. We took pictures after the mass was finished.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Tokyo Local Sites wrote a review Dec 2018
Bunkyo, Japan122 contributions174 helpful votes
Actually went to celebrate fall foliage at Chinzanzo Hotel on Friday Dec 23rd which was a National Holiday. After exiting the hotel I was attracted by the strong glare being reflected from the cathedral's facade. Let's say I was drawn to the "Light." The design is definitely impressive and I was surprised to know it was a place of worship. Couldn't imagine this was designed and built in 1963-64 by Tange Kenzo. Most cathedrals have a Gothic, Renaissance or Romanesque design and architecture but St. Mary's Cathedral looks absolutely modern and different. The pamphlet has a picture showing a nice birds eye view of the cathedral where you can see it has eight walls that form a large cross and the outer stainless steel supports symbolises the light of Christ while the dull, concrete walls inside the cathedral represent God as the pillar, rock and foundation of Christians. To top it off, I thought I had gatecrashed a couple's wedding ceremony but it seems other visitors were also graciously invited to witness the proceedings, too. The huge Pipe Organ, designed to gel in with the architecture, sounded deep, strong and majestic. It was definitely a wonderful experience to be part of this occasion. The cathedral is a little out of the way. It is a 15 min walk from Edogawabashi station on the Yurakucho subway line Exit 1A or Bus No:61 departs from Mejiro Station on the JR Yamanote line and drops you directly outside the Cathedral. Will definitely take my Catholic friends / family to worship there, when they visit me next. If you are looking for a place to grab a bite, try out 'Oto no ha Cafe' right across from the cathedral.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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