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Showcase Tokyo Architecture tours

Shibuya, Japan
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About Showcase Tokyo Architecture tours
We provide you with an architecture tour which is easy to understand and enjoyable even for a non-professional, giving you a glimpse into Japanese life from a local point of view along with the historical and cultural explanations by tour guides who are all architecture lovers with the National Guide license.
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Private Ginza Architecture Walking Tour

The Ginza district of Tokyo is one of the best places to enjoy seeing a blend of both new and historic architecture. A tour guide will make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity to learn about these iconic buildings. This private walking tour is customizable to your interests and knowledge base, and will take you to sights you may not be able to access on your own. You’ll end the tour with great photos, feeling like a Ginza expert yourself.
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3 hours
from USD 103.50

Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour

The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a unique look at what Japan thought the future would look like in 1972. Take a guided tour of the 20th-century complex built by avant-garde Japanese students during a high economic growth period in Japan. See vintage relics, like a 45-year-old Sony TV with an attached open reel tape deck, and learn how you can help to save this piece of history from demolition.
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1 hour
from USD 63.11

Private Harajuku Omotesando Architecture Walking Tour

Get pumped for the Olympics with this insider’s walking tour of Harajuku and Omotesando, covering landmarks like Yoyogi Stadium. Tours are fully customizable, offering a mix of top attractions and under-the-radar sites, overlooked by most tourists. Browse the boutiques along Tokyo’s own “Rodeo Drive,” stop for a coffee along atmospheric backstreets, and listen to an enriching primer on the city’s vibrant architectural history from your own private guide.
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3 hours
from USD 103.50

Tatemono-en (Edo-Tokyo Open air Architectural Museum) Tour

The Edo-Tokyo Open air Architectural Museum (Tatemono-en) is filled with beautifully restored historic buildings, showcasing a variety of traditional Japanese architectural styles. On this walking tour, benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide as you explore the open-air museum. Admire buildings from the Edo and Showa periods, peek inside for a glimpse of 17th- or early 20th-century life, and see the real-life buildings from Ghibli films like ‘Spirited Away’.
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4 hours
from USD 112.66

Private Ueno Park Architecture Walking Tour

Ueno Park is well-known for its springtime cherry blossoms and its important museums. But many visitors miss the fact that it is also filled with great works of architecture by the likes of Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier, and Kunio Maekawa. Enjoy the opportunity to appreciate these works on this private guided tour, which takes you to each site, provides context, and includes entrance to the National Museum of Western Art and Tokyo National Museum.
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3 hours
from USD 103.50
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Noa wrote a review 3 Jan.
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There's no building like the Nakagin Capsule Tower in the whole world, and sadly it's not clear how long is going to last. After years of admiring the building from the outside, I decided to discover the inside. I was so lucky that my guide Yuka was available for a visit on December 31st, it was a fantastic way for me to finish the strange year 2020. The history of the building is just fascinating, and listening to it while you inside make you understand a lot about the history of Tokyo and Japan itself. Architecturally and aesthetically, the building is just astonishing, so unique. I totally recommend the experience ... before it's too late. I keep my fingers crossed and hope that this magnificent piece of architecture gets the recognition it deserves because I truly believe Tokyo wouldn't be the same without it.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Vanesa A wrote a review Dec. 2020
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One of the places that you must visit even if you live or travel in Tokyo. Our guide, Yuka san, told us about the smallest detail of the tower and answered all our questions thoroughly. Also we could take plenty of amazing pictures. Let’s help to keep the spirit of the Nakagin Capsule Tower!
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Will D wrote a review Nov. 2020
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Even though I was there virtually, I know have a deep understanding of the tower and hope to see it in person someday. My tour guide was very kind and happy to answer any questions.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Connie wrote a review Jul. 2020
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This is the online tour but I felt as if I participated in the real walking tour, thanks to well-prepared materials such as slides and videos. Above all, the most remarkable thing about this tour is an excellent guide, Yuka! Her explanation was just perfect and flawless. I’m sure you’ll be an expert in this great condominium, like me, after joining this wonderful online tour. Unfortunately, this building is facing difficulty in finance, etc. and is on the verge of demolition, but I think Japanese government or Tokyo metropolitan government should help to maintain this precious building as an important cultural asset.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Chapi wrote a review Jul. 2020
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I surfed on the internet looking for some interesting online tours and happened to find this tour, virtually visiting an unfamiliar building for me in Tokyo. Until them, I had never known that this kind of building existed in Tokyo. I was interested in the photo of the building which is kind of retro, at the same time, kind of futuristic, and decided to take the tour. The story introduced by the guides, Yuka san and Yasuo san was very intriguing. I was moved by their efforts for preserving the building which is on the verge of demolition. Actually the building is nearly 50 years old and its rooms are not convenient to live in or use as an office or something. However it's architectuerlly very valueable and a kind of Tokyo's Icon which has seen the history of the metoropolitan for half a century. This building also reminds me of Gaudi's casa mira in Barcelona. By taking tour of Nakagin Capsule Tour Building, you will get to know not only about the building but also the history of Tokyo seen from the building. I hope the group's efforts to keep it will be successful!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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