H: buildings


Sensoji-temple at Asakusa in Tokyo

According to a legend, this temple was built in 628.

It is the oldest temple in Tokyo.


It is said that when two fishermen fished in the Sumida River,

they found a Cannon statue, and then a wealthy landlord enshrined the Cannon here.



The Thunder gate at Asakusa in Tokyo


This is the Kaminarimon gate, it means thunder gate.


This is a gate of Sensouji-temple and a symbol of Asakusa.

Inside of the gate, there are wooden statues. Right side of it is the wind god. Left side of it is the thunder god. They are guardian gods of this temple.

The original gate was built in the 10th century. However the gate was burnt several times over the centuries. Today's gate was built in 1960 donated by Konosuke Matsushita who was one of the most famous Japanese business men.


Tokyo SKYTREE in Tokyo Japan

This tower is TOKYO SKYTREE.

It's a broadcasting tower with restaurants and observation decks in Sumida-ward Tokyo.

It's the tallest structure in Japan. It's 634 meters tall.

The height was decided on for two reasons.

First, it's the tallest free-standing tower in the world.

Second, "634" can be pronounced as "MUSASHI" in Japanese.

"MUSASHI" is an old name of Tokyo area.

It was completed in 2012.


They have two observatories.

The height of the first observation deck is about 350 meters. 

The second deck's height is 450 meters.

↓The view from the deck at 450 meters.


↑This photo was taken by my English teacher.

Thanks, Cindy!

You need to buy tickets to go these decks..

It's a very popular sightseeing spot,

so I recommend you to book the ticket on their website.

Tokyo SKYTREE website




The view from Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

You can see the wide area of Tokyo from the 45th floor of

Tokyo metropolitan government building.

This prospect hall is about 202 meter from the ground.


↑The prominent building at the center of the photo is Shinjuku  Park Tower.

Park Hyatt Tokyo is in the building.

Sofia Coppola's movie "Lost in translation" was filmed in the luxury hotel.

The building was designed by Kenzo Tange who designed Tokyo metropolitan

government building.



↑The green area at the right side of this photo is Meiji Shrine.

↓There are horribly many buildings.


You can go to the hall by the elevator from the ground floor of the main building.

The hall opens from 9:30 a.m. to 23:00 p.m.


Tokyo metropolitan government building at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan

This is the Tokyo metropolitan government building.


It is 243 metre tall.

It is three underground stories and 48 stories above the ground.

It was completed in 1991.


↓This space is called "the Tokyo citizens' square".


This place is  in front of the building entrance.

Map and information


Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower at Shinjuku in Tokyo Japan


There are many skyscrapers in Shinjuku area.

Above all, this building very stands out because of the shape.

This is called "Mode Gakuen Cocoon tower".

A company who runs schools owns the building.

It is  home to three educational institutions.

Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion vocational school),

HAL Tokyo (special technology and design college),

and Shuto Ikō (medical college).


It was completed in 2008.

The height is about 204 metre.

It is the second tallest educational building in the world.

The building's cocoon shape symbolizes a building that nurtures the students inside.


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