Two to three hours
The center of Tokyo has a fusion of traditional things and new mystery.
Akasaka, Minato Ward, is the place where the skyscraper-filled business district and historic architecture mix.
Let us tell you about a walking route that allows you to quickly enjoy the charms of Akasaka! It is also great for a morning run.
Pass temples, high-rise apartments, capital freeways, State Guest House, Meiji Kinenkan, and during the autumn foliage season, Ginkgo Avenue. Pray at Nogi Jinja Shrine.
Then relax and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and brunch at a New York-style cafe in Roppongi.
Once you experience the allure of the big city of Tokyo, you will definitely be captivated.
The fruit and vegetable store is located on a street lined with apartments and skyscrapers. The community-based greengrocer offers strictly selected fruits and vegetables. Sometimes they sell smoothies featuring seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as vegetable sticks. Have a bite of seasonal fruits or vegetables at the beginning of your walk to replenish your energy. Then the steep slope called Sanpunzaka awaits!
*There are many slopes in Minato Ward, each of which has a name. Signs stand near the slopes and some explain the history. Sanpunzaka was named after the three silver coins (sanpun in Japanese) that were once the additional charge for a rickshaw, due to the steepness. Enjoy the view of both sides of the slope that is aligned with several temples.
Address:7-8-12 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business hours:10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Access from hotel: 1 minute
Look at the forecourt, the main building of Akasaka Palace, and its exterior during public hours. Check the schedule on the website before visiting, because such dates are limited. You can make a reservation to visit or just casually go without reservation.
Akasaka Palace is called Geihinkan, which means a guest house for welcoming and entertaining guests, such as sovereigns and prime ministers from other countries.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the fascinating building and garden. It is a delightful place to see! Sometimes there are makeshift shops and stalls selling goods, beverages or food.
Address: 2-1-1 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (admission free, visitors accepted until 16:00)
*The palace is opened to the public irregularly. Check with the website before visiting.
(The English website: http://www.geihinkan.go.jp/geihinkan/akasaka/koukai_e.html)
Access from hotel: 38 minutes
Walk along the avenue, starting at Akasaka Palace. You will find Meiji Kinenkan on your right. It is the wedding hall of Meiji Jingu, located on premises with rich foliage despite being in the center of Tokyo. If you are lucky, you may see a wedding ceremony and a bride in a beautiful kimono.
Pass the nearby Jingu Stadium and find the avenue leading to Aoyama Street. It is lined with ginkgo trees, whose leaves turn yellow in autumn.
Besides the autumn leaves that are only visible for a short period, enjoy the variety of events and festivals held there, such as fireworks shows and beer gardens in the summer.
Address: 2-1 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access from hotel: 22 minutes
Nogi Jinja is in a tranquil location despite its urban surroundings. It enshrines Maresuke Nogi, the famous soldier from the Meiji period.
Take beautiful photos of the photogenic path lined with red torii gates!
The shrine opens at 6:00 a.m. Go there early to avoid crowds and explore as much as you like.
An antique market is held on the fourth Sunday of every month, although it is cancelled if it rains. You may find a terrific bargain there.
Address:8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 6：00-17：00
Access from hotel: 8 minutes
Relax at a chic New York-style cafe and have brunch after enjoying the diverse glamor of Tokyo.
If you are starving and crave something substantial, steak is the choice for you! It is one of the regularly featured morning and brunch menu items. We recommend the brioche French toast! The popular dish is based on brioche specially prepared for French toast. The crust is crispy with a lovely aroma. The center of the brioche feels soft like rich custard pudding! There are twelve brunch menu items, including salads, in addition to French toast and steak. In the evenings, the cafe turns into a place for adults. The fireplace at the center lights the dimly lit cafe. Enjoy Italian cuisine that mainly includes meat dishes in a luxurious space. The popular French toast is also available in the evenings.
Address:4-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Mon. to Fri.:10:00-15:30 (last call: 3:00 p.m.)
Sat., Sun, and national holiday: 9:00-18:00
Mon. to Sun. and national holiday: 18:00-23:30 (last call: 22:30)
Access from hotel: 9 minutes
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