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Meguro Sky Garden and More Beautiful Buildings in Tokyo!

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The outside of Meguro Sky Garden.

Tokyo has many modern buildings that combine different styles from other countries with traditional Japanese designs! One amazing place is the Meguro Sky Garden. It’s a rooftop garden high up in the air with amazing city views. Let’s look at some more unique and even international buildings in the city!

Meguro Sky Garden

Meguro Sky Garden is a magical rooftop park in the Ohashi area of Meguro Ward. This park was cleverly built on the Metropolitan Expressway, offering an exclusive escape from the busy city streets. Launched in 2013, the Meguro Sky Garden was designed to cover the junction of two major expressways. It rises from 15 to 35 meters (49 to 114 feet) above street level, creating a circular oasis in the sky. 

Meguro Sky Garden during the daytime.
Meguro Sky Garden is a rooftop garden above the Metropolitan Expressway. Image via Shutterstock

Meguro Sky Garden is divided into different zones, each with unique features. There’s a community space, an amusement area, and tranquil spots to relax and enjoy the view. On clear days, the park provides stunning views of Mount Fuji and Tokyo Tower. The pathways also have many benches to sit and soak in the beautiful scenery.

This spacious garden has over 1,000 trees, including cherry blossoms and pine trees. In spring, the cherry blossoms turn the garden pink, perfect for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Additionally, there’s a bamboo grove and play areas for children, making it a versatile space for everyone.

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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center

Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, in the Ōyama-chō district of Shibuya Ward, has a long history from its origins as the Tokyo Islamic School in 1938. Initially established by Tatar immigrants from Russia seeking refuge after the October Revolution, the mosque became a central hub for Muslims in Japan. Yet, because the old building was falling apart, they had to tear it down in 1986. Thankfully, with Turkey’s help, they rebuilt the mosque in 2000, showing the beauty of Ottoman-style architecture.

Tokyo Camii and Diyanet Turkish Culture Center. It's a traditional mosque.
Tokyo Camii is a Turkish mosque in the middle of the city. Image via Shutterstock

Tokyo Camii stands as a testament to the fusion of tradition and modernity. Its impressive dome and tall minaret stand out against the modern skyscrapers nearby. Inside, you’ll find incredible decorations like stained glass windows and detailed writing, showcasing Turkish-Islamic art at its finest.

The Turkish Culture Center provides information about Islam, mosques, and Turkish culture through displays and learning materials. You can also check out the bookstore, which has books in different languages. This venture also hosts events such as weddings, lectures, and exhibitions, fostering dialogue and understanding between different cultures.

Marquis Maeda House

The Marquis Maeda House, nestled in the serene Komaba Park, holds a special place in Tokyo’s history. This fancy mansion was crafted in the late 1920s by Marquis Maeda. Back then, it warmly welcomed essential guests from all over the world of the Marquis. 

The outside of Marquis Maeda House, an elegant European style manor.
The Maeda Family was a prominent noble family in the early 20th century. Image via Reddit

This historic estate harmoniously blends Western and Japanese architectural styles. It shows how Japan’s aristocracy lived in the early 1900s. Visitors can explore its elegance, from the majestic Western-style mansion to the peaceful Japanese-style quarters. 

Visitors can admire the intricate details of European-inspired decor inside the residence, such as marble pillars and colorful glass windows. They can also relax in the calm simplicity of traditional Japanese tatami rooms. Komaba Park, the perfect background for Marquis Maeda House, is surrounded by cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant autumn foliage in fall. It’s such a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls. 

Hatoyama Hall

Hatoyama Hall, also known as Otowa Palace, is an elegant house in Bunkyo Ward. It was where the Liberal Party, now known as the Liberal Democratic Party, was formed. Hatoyama Hall was built in 1924 by Ichirō Hatoyama, a key figure in Japanese politics. The fascinating house and gardens are now becoming a museum to honor the Hatoyama family’s contributions to Japan’s politics and education.

Hatoyama Hall, a European-style manor in Bunkyo-ku.
Hatoyama Hall was a manor built by a political party. Image via Reddit

The building was designed with three parts of natural stone and oversized windows. Inside are unique rooms for Ichiro, his wife Kaoru, and their son Iichiro Hatoyama. Visitors will see a unique mix of Western and Japanese styles from the early 1900s. You can walk around the gardens and explore several rooms in the house. The garden has statues of Kazuo Hatoyama and his wife, Haruko. Also, don’t forget to check out the magnificent view from the sunroom! 

Why should I visit places like Meguro Sky Garden?

You should visit these places because they offer unique experiences. The Meguro Sky Garden is a serene rooftop oasis above the bustling city. At the Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, you can learn about Islam’s history in Japan and see stunning Ottoman architecture.

Next, you can return to the Marquis Maeda House to experience the lavish lifestyle of Japanese nobility in the early 1900s. Finally, you can uncover the political significance of Hatoyama Hall, an important historic venue. With such diverse sites, each promises a unique cultural experience. Which one interests you most? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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