THURSDAY 15 JUNE
Highlights – Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Midtown and 21_21 Design
This mornings tour will include the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo’s most significant of Shinto shrines.
This will be followed by a walking tour of Tokyo Midtown, a 569,000-square-metre mixed-use development completed in March 2007 at a cost of US$3 billion. The development includes office, residential, commercial, hotel, and leisure space, and is also the location of the Suntory Museum of Art, designed by Kengo Kuma. When completed, the Midtown Tower was the tallest building in Tokyo.
Tokyo Midtown is also the home of 21_21 Design Sight, a design gallery/workshop created by fashion designer Issey Miyake and architect Tadao Ando. Born as a venue to redirect our eyes to everyday things and create a place where visitors can be exposed to the pleasures of design and have new experiences.
After this mornings tour you may return by coach to the hotel, or visit the Suntory Museum of Modern Art. If your energy levels are holding up, we’ll provide you with a map for a self-guided tour of modern architecture around Ginza, which has some of the best contemporary architectural works in the area.