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One of a kind Cathedral

Actually went to celebrate fall foliage at Chinzanzo Hotel on Friday Dec 23rd which was a National... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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 September 19, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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3-16-15 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo 112-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love spiritual places, chuches and shrines of all faith. Thought I’m a devout and very liturgically open Roman Catholic, I thought this quite overwhelming sterile and emotionally void for a prayer and worship environment. Maybe those who are thrilled with the architecture are in...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2018

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 454christinac
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

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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 180rickb
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

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planetarium, theme park as well as an observation
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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