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Minato [10] (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.


Tokyo Tower and the temple of Zōjōji

Minato is a fairly sprawling ward with no single center. The following parts of Minato have their own articles:

  • Akasaka - a business district and nightlife area near the government center
  • Odaiba - the Tokyo of the future built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay
  • Roppongi - nightlife central for Tokyo's foreign population
  • Shiodome - a still-growing cluster of brand new skyscrapers
  • Shinbashi - an older business and commercial district

Get in[edit]

  • Hamamatsuchō (浜松町), terminus of the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport; the closest station on the Yamanote to both Tokyo Tower (10 min. walk) and Roppongi (25 min. walk).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō Tawā), (the nearest station is Akabanebashi (5 min walk) although Hamamatsucho and Daimon are accessible through several lines and only slightly farther away), [1]. 9AM-10PM daily. Tokyo's largest tourist trap, 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. If you've still got money in your pockets, you can burn it by visiting the Wax Museum (¥870), the Mysterious Walking Zone (¥410) or the Trick Art Gallery (¥400). Tip: you'll get better views from higher up for free if you visit Shinjuku's Metropolitan Government Building observatory instead. Another 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).  edit
  • Sengaku-ji Temple (泉岳寺), Takanawa 2-11-1 (Toei Asakusa Line Sengakuji station exit A2), [2]. Not all that much to look at, but the fascinating history makes up for it: this is where the famous 47 rōnin of the true story that became the Kabuki epic Chūshingura committed ritual suicide after avenging their master's death. The graves are a popular site of pilgrimage to this day.  edit
  • Zōjō-ji Temple (増上寺), Shibakoen 4-7-35 (Toei Mita Line Onarimon station), [3]. This grand old temple is the headquarters of the Jōdō Shinshu 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.  edit
  • 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.  edit
  • Pokemon Center Tokyo. One of 6 stores dedicated to the cute popular Pokemon characters. The Tokyo store is the flagship store, and is very busy at weekends. --Has moved to Ikebukuro--  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Tokyo Water Cruise, [4]. Plies the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay between Hamamatsucho, Odaiba, Asakusa and other points. But quite constlier than US. Fares vary depending on routing.  edit
  • Omotesando-Shibuya area. shopping in Omotesando-Shibuya area Omotasando-Shibuya area gives birth to new trends. These are the cultural capital of Japan and there are a lot of high-brand clothing shops and many beautiful cafes and restaurants there. Also there is Aoyama Gakuin University, which is really famous for its marathon and Miss and Mister university contest. It holds festival every November and it is really enjoyable.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Chiipao - Vegetable Farm Akasaka, Tokyo-to Minato-ku Akasaka 3-8-8 Akasaka Floral Plaza Bldg. 1F (Leave Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station through the ticket gate at Exit 11; turn right out of the gate and take the elevator. Out of the elevator, do a U-turn and walk along the street - in a few metres you'll see a small pedestrian path leading between the buildings on your right. Take this path, and when you get to a crossroads, the restaurant is on the first floor of the red-brick building in front of you on your right.), 03-6435-5941. 11:30-23:00 every day except Sun (Sun 18:00-23:00). Shanghai-style Chinese noodle restaurant Noodle bowls from 700 yen.  edit


  • Petit Point, 4-2-48, Minami-Azabu (3 min south of Hiroo station), +81 03-3440-3667, [5]. Superbly prepared French cuisine. Expect to pay about ¥15,000 for a full dinner.  edit
  • Azabu Shu, Takeda Bldg. 1F, 2-12-8 Azabu, +03-5444-6585, [6]. Mon - Sat 6PM - 12AM, closed Sun & Holidays. High-end, meticulously crafted traditional Japanese food prepared by top-of-the-line chefs. Lighting and music changes to suit the time of the evening. Massive Sake, Shochu and Wine list. About ¥4000 or ¥5000 per person, courses ranging from ¥7000 to ¥15000.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Hotel Okura, 2-10-4 Toranomon, +81 03-3582-0111 (fax: +81 03-3582-3707), [7]. One of the Tokyo's grandest hotels. Rack rates begin at ¥36,750 for singles, ¥46,200 for doubles.  edit
  • Somerset Azabu East Tokyo, 1-9-11 Higashi-azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044, +81 3 5114 2800 (), [8]. The property offers 79 fully furnished apartments fitted with a fully equipped kitchen, separate living and dining area, home-entertainment system, complimentary Internet access, and air-conditioning and heating.  edit
  • Somerset Shinagawa Tokyo, 4-24-58 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074, +81 3 3445 2805 (), [9]. The property features studios to 3-bedroom apartments equipped with a kitchen, separate living and dining space, television with satellite and cable channels, daily housekeeping services and Wi-Fi connectivity.  edit


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