Tokyo in 3 stops – what to see, what to do in half a day

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Tokyo’s traditional and cutting-edge architectural gems

Tokyo is an apex – the place where the East collides with the West, where the ancient fuses with the modern, and where the liberal mixes with the conservative. This is no more expressed than through the city’s urban design (photographed brilliantly by Alberto Carrasco Casado).

With this half-day itinerary oriented around Omotesandō, one of the foremost “architectural showcase” streets in the world, design lovers can get a taste of Tokyo’s traditional and cutting-edge architectural gems.

Meiji Shrine, Shibuya, Tokyo
Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson
Omotesandō, Tokyo, Japan
Omotesandō, home of fashion flagship stores. Photo by t-miki

Stop 1:

Omotesandō was created as the entryway to the Meiji Shrine. Surrounded by serene yet atmospheric expanses of dense green woodland, and built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style, this nearly 100-year old shine is emblematic of ancient Japanese design.

Tod’s store by Toyo Ito, Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
Tod’s store by Toyo Ito, Omotesando. Photo by Tina.Ivano
Prada Store by Herzog and de Meuron, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Prada Store by Herzog and de Meuron. Photo by pat_ong

Stop 2:

Take a short stroll up Omotesandō to the Aoyama district for an open-air architecture tour. This stretch of the avenue is home to a number of architecturally lauded fashion flagships, such as the Tod’s store by Toyo Ito and Herzog and de Meuron’s Prada building.

Shibuya, Tokyo
Shibuya. Photo by Candida.Performa
Beacon Urban Chophouse, Shibuya, Tokyo
Beacon Urban Chophouse, Shibuya, Tokyo. Photo courtesy of

Stop 3:

Whatever your plans for the afternoon, you’ll want to refuel. Do as Tokyo’s high fliers do and grab a power lunch in the sleek confines of Beacon, an urban chophouse just a few minutes away on Shibuya.

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Tokyo in 3 stops – what to see, what to do in half a day was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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