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8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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Reviewed March 21, 2019 via mobile

Easily added to your visit to the fish market, but there is not much to do there, while the building itself is contrasting to the neighboring structures, it’s mainly a photo op.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DonCesar
Reviewed March 21, 2019

Very interesting tour, with loads of information on the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Metabolism in general. Our guide Mari san was very knowledgeable and forthcoming with very relevant information about this and other similar buildings in Japan. Given that the tower is no longer owned...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Londonsense
Reviewed January 20, 2019

The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by the iconic architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbash, near Ginza. Go and see it before they demolishes the building. The hot water to the building was shut off in 2010.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richards_remarks
Reviewed December 6, 2018

I thought you couldn’t but yes, through the Facebook page Tokyo Architecture Walking Tours you can book for one of their weekly tours. It costs about 5000 ¥ for one hour and you get to go inside one of the capsule apartments for one hour....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Simón V
Reviewed September 24, 2018

This abandoned capsule tower might have been an interesting and innovative building once upon a time, but now it's basically just a ruin. Its rundown state though is in itself fascinating, giving a vibe of dystopian future. Worth a visit if you're in the neighbourhood.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank ChiisanaSaki
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Unfortunately, the iconic building is in bad repair. Comprised of (individually-owned) studio pods, it was futuristic in the 1970s. But, a since some of the owners want to tear it down and build a more profitable building on this valuable Ginza land, it has received...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank inNewEdo
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

The building is a place for architecture students who are interested in metabolism architecture in Japan. It’s the only one that still existed and worth studying. It’s hard to get into the building without permission. We asked the showcase Tokyo architecture to offer us a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Yifen Z
Reviewed June 23, 2018

This is the a unique piece of architecture and still is operating as hotel, I found the best view to be from the opposite site of the freeway at the top of the stairs. It is only a short walk from Shimbashi station and well...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 235AndrewR
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

Worth the walk - especially if you are visiting tsukiji. It is nearby. You can’t go in if you aren’t staying there - they have signs that they will call the police for trespassing - but t is worth the walk by if you are...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 454christinac
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Our booking for a private tour for our family of five was made seamlessly over a series of simple Messenger exchanges with Tokyo Architecture Walking Tour by Show.Case. Payment was through PayPal. Our most congenial, highly conversant and professional contact person & guide Ms Yuka...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank ECKLKualaLumpur
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Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's
also a downtown area with shops that were founded over
a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury
boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza.
It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll
while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels,
world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a
collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular
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January 2, 2018|
Response from Aaron S |
The Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation and Restoration Project offer tours. I can't seem to post links here, but search for "中銀カプセルタワー見学ツアー". Try contacting them if you're interested. It's normally restricted to residents.