Minato (港区) is a ward in central Tokyo. The name means "port", referring to its seaside location, although due to reclamation many areas in the district are quite far from the sea these days.

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Tokyo Tower

This was a newly re-industrialized Japan's 1958 answer to Paris's Eiffel Tower — a bit more modern-looking and 9 meters taller. Entry to the Main Observatory (150m) is ¥820, while ascending to the Special Observatory (250m) is an extra ¥600. It also comprise One Piece-themed entertainment zone. Note that the Tokyo SkyTree tower, opened in 2012 and located in Sumida ward, is twice as high. You'll get also better views from higher up for free if you visit Shinjuku's Metropolitan Government Building observatory instead. Tip: To get a good view of, and picture with, the tower, try the courtyard in front of Zojoji (nearby), or the second-floor deck outside the Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills (farther away but more panoramic).

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A temple most famous as the resting place of the '''47 Rōnin''', a famous group of ''samurai'' who banded together to avenge their unfairly slain master. Having obtained the head of the offender, they brought it to this very temple and then were condemned to commit ritual suicide, like their master. The story is told in ''Chūshingura'', the best-known of all Kabuki plays. History aside, the temple isn't much to look at, but the small museum has artifacts from the event and after, including wooden statues of all the ronin, the banner that the ronin posted during their raid, original letters, and the receipt that the priests wrote out for the head. The graves are a popular site of pilgrimage to this day.

SEE   —  Takanawa 2-11-1


A soba shop that looks like a trendy club. At the corner opposite of Toranomon Hills, it is one of the most futuristic places where you can eat soba. Zero advertisement outside, just a 10 centimetre high horizontal window running along the facade, and a tiny plaque the size of a business card, just reading "Minatoya". Enter to discover the black interior and the water basin around which customers eat, standing. Expect a long queue. Free raw eggs to put in your soup.

Capsule Tower

A famous building of Kisho Kurokawa, that reflects the views Japanese had of the future in the70's. Plans of tearing it down have been running around since 2008 but the building is still there so hurry up! From Shinbashi or Shidome station, take the underpass and get out on exit 5. Walk 150 meters until you reach a street with a highway above it. The building is across the street, a little bit to the right.

Hotel Okura

Luxury hotel that has been host to many celebrities since it's opening in 1962. Currently closed for an extensive renovation that will see the current building, by many considered a modernist masterpiece, torn down and replaced by a high-rise. Projected to re-open in 2019, it remains to be seen if Hotel Okura will continue to live on as a classic Tokyo institution.

SLEEP   —  +81 3-3582-0111 —  2-10-4 Toranomon

Zōjō-ji Temple

This grand old temple is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū sect and houses the graves of 6 of the Tokugawa shoguns, but is a little off the beaten track and is rarely visited by tourists. Particularly beautiful around cherry blossom time. It hosts a variety of religious and non-religious festivals throughout the year

SEE   —  Shibakoen 4-7-35

Tokyo HackerSpace

Community space for working on projects. The Tuesday evening meeting is open. Hackers, tinkerers, and makers passing through town might want to drop by then. Many events and classes held at other times, some are kid-friendly. Check website for detailed schedule.

BUY   —  Shirokanedai 5-11


Exquisite vegetarian or vegan "shojin ryori" cuisine. This is the traditional Buddhist spin on ''kaiseki''. Gracefully served by attentive kimono-clad staff. Small private dining rooms look out onto Japanese gardens. Very expensive, but a top-class experience.


Ranked among the world's best restaurants and with two Michelin stars. Except a blend of classical French techniques with the finest Japanese ingredients. Narisawa also has a commitment to sustainability, which expresses itself at the table.

Tokyo Water Cruise

Plies the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay between Hamamatsucho, Odaiba, Asakusa and other points.

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Antenna shop of Izu Isands and Ogasawara Islands.

BUY   —  +81 3-5472-6559 —  1-12-2 Kaigan

Petit Point

Superbly prepared French cuisine.

About Tokyo/Minato

Minato is a fairly sprawling ward with no single center. It is known as a very wealthy part of Tokyo and home to most of Tokyo's foreign embassies, many of its large multinational corporations and a number of prestigious universities.

The following parts of Minato have their own articles:

Source: wikivoyage