Similar to Berlin, Tokyo’s architecture is overwhelming modern due to its destruction during the 20th Century. Its minimalistic yet experimental architecture has drawn the world's attention, attracting a considerable number of tourists to the Japanese capital every year. New technologies and old traditions are assembled together to build this city, providing it with uniqueness in its architecture and design along with the richness from the way they build with concrete, wood, and glass.
The following list showcases 25 iconic and contemporary buildings that will provide a good starting point for your first visit to Japan's largest city, including works from renowned architects such as Nikken Sekkei, Herzog & De Meuron, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Sou Fujimoto, Kenzo Tange, OMA and Kazuyo Sejima.
- Tokyu Plaza Ginza / Nikken Sekkei
- Yamaha Ginza / Nikken Sekkei
- Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza Facade Renewal / Jun Aoki & A...
- De Beers Ginza Building / Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects
- Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center / Ken...
- Nakagin Capsule Tower / Kisho Kurokawa
- Tokyo International Forum / Rafael Viñoly Architects
- Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron
- Omotesando Keyaki Building / Norihiko Dan and Associates
- Coach Omotesando Flagship / OMA
- Yoyogi National Gymnasium / Kenzo Tange
- Sunwell Muse Kitasando / Takato Tamagami and Tsutomu Hase
- Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower / Tange Associates
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Kenzo Tange
- Do-C Ebisu / Schemata Architects
- Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates
- Breeze / ARTechnic Architects
- Za Koenji Public Theatre / Toyo Ito
- Shibaura House by Kazuyo Sejima
- St. Mary Cathedral / Kenzo Tange
- One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates
- Musashino Art University Museum & Library / Sou Fujimoto
- Tama Art University Library / Toyo Ito by Iwan Baan
- Harumi Residential Tower / Richard Meier & Partners Architects
- House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects
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