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Akasaka and Roppongi

Akasaka and RoppongiAkasaka and Roppongi mapAkasaka and Roppongi areas are at nearly center of the loop of JR Yamanote Line.
To the east of the areas there are Kokyo and Tokyo Tower, and to the west there are the towns such as Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Akasaka is the north part of these area, and Roppongi is the south part.
These areas are undulating, so the town has many sloping roads.

In Edo Period (1603-1868) here had been the town with old samurai residences.
And until the end of World War II, a regiment of Japanese Army had been stationed, so here was a town for soldiers.
After the war, the site of the army was condemned by allied forces. Then many shops for forigners had been opened.
Since the 1950s, a commercial broadcaster moved to Akasaka. And exclusive cabarets and nightclubs had been opened.
Since the late 1960s, the restaurants and discos for foreigners and young people had increased in mainly Roppongi area.

Tokyo, Roppongi Hills

In this area there are several large hotels. And the embassy offices of many contries are in this area.
Of course, here is one of business towns, but many foreigners visit here and the business town changes an entertainment town.
Here is a characteristic town in Tokyo.

Recently new buildings of skyscraper complex has been built in this area one after another, so this area attracts a lot of attention.

State Guesthouse /1/

State GuesthouseIt is the facility for treating the state guest, and is located 1.5 km west of Kokyo (Imperial Palace). In Japanese, it is called "Geihinkan".
Originally it was built as the Palace in 1909, when Emperor Taisho was still a Crown Prince. And it was repaired as State Guesthouse in 1974.
Of course, it is not opened to the public.

State Guesthouse : The pages in the Cabinet Office official website

Akasaka Estate /2/

Akasaka EstateIt is the imperial estate, then there are the Crown Prince's Residence and Residences of some other Princes in this site. It is spread to the south of the State Guesthouse.
The general public cannot enter here.

Hie Shrine /3/

Hie ShrineIt is a Shinto shrine, and is located about 0.5 km west of the National Diet Building.
It is said that the first shrine was built as a guardian deity of Tokyo Castle in the 15th century, and current building was rebuilt in 1958, after the destruction by Great Tokyo Air Raids on March 10th, 1945.
This shrine have the outlook that monkeys are the messenger of God, so there are some stone statues of monkey.
"San'no Festival" in June is one of the major festivals in Tokyo.

Hie Shrine official website

Akasaka Sacas /4/

Akasaka SacasIt is a complex facility located in the center of Akasaka area and 0.5 km southwest of Hie Shrine.
This complex has been built as the redevelopment project of a commercial broadcaster (TBS) and was opened in 2008.
In this site, there are "Akasaka Biz Tower" (Commercial facilities and business offices), "Akasaka BLIZ" (Hall for live music), "Akasaka ACT Theater" (Musical Theater), the broadcasting center of TBS and "The Residence" (Rental housing).
And there are a few promenades planting a lot of cherry trees.

Nogi Shrine /5/

Nogi ShrineIt is a Shinto shrine located 0.7 km west-southwest of Akasaka Sacas.
It enshrines Mr. and Mrs. Nogi. Maresuke Nogi (1849-1912) was a general and he was a hero who defeated Russia in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905).
He had enjoyed Meiji Emperor's confidence, so when Meiji Emperor had died, he and his wife killed themselves.
And this shrine was built in 1923 by the people who had admired him.

Tokyo Midtown /6/

Tokyo MidtownIt is a complex facility located near Roppongi area and 0.7 km southwest of Akasaka Sacas.
It was opened in 2007. The main building "Midtown Tower" is 248 meters high, and some high buildings are built around it.
These buildings include hotels, housings, offices, commercial facilities, hospitals, an art gallery, park and other facilities, so it forms a town.

Tokyo Midtown official website

Roppongi Hills /7/

Roppongi HillsIt is a complex facility located 0.5 km south of Tokyo Midtown.
It was opened in 2003 for the redevelopment of Roppongi area.
As soon as it was opened, it became one of the popular spots in Tokyo.
The central building is "Mori Tower", which houses many famous IT companies and worldwide investing companies.
And there are commercial facilities, a first-class hotel and a commercial broadcaster (TV Asahi).
Additionally there is a Japanese garden "Mohri Garden".

Roppongi Hills official website

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How to get to this area

Around State Guesthouse

  • JR Yotsuya station (Chuo Line).
  • Subway Yotsuya station (Marunouchi, Nanboku Lines).

Around Hie Shrine, Akasaka Sacas (subway)

  • Akasaka (Chiyoda Line) / Tameike-San'no (Ginza, Nanboku Lines)

Around Nogi Shrine, Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Hills (subway)

  • Roppongi (Hibiya, Ooedo Lines) / Nogizaka (Chiyoda Lines)

Gate of State Guesthouse
The building of State Guesthouse
Hie Shrine
TBS building in Akasaka Sacas
Akasaka BIZ in Akasaka Sacas
A scene in Akasaka Sacas
Akasaka BLIZ and Akasaka ACT
Nogi Shrine
Tokyo Midtown
Entrance of Tokyo Midtown
A scene in Tokyo Midtown
Garden in Tokyo Midtown
Roppongi Hills
A scene in Roppongi Hills
Mohri Garden in Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills in the evening
Akasaka Street Roppongi Street

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