Tokyo, as the capital city of Japan, is home to many old buildings with historical significance. Some of these have undergone several renovations but are still being used today. If you would like to be more familiar with Tokyo’s historical spots, here are three buildings which are still in use and are highly valued by the city of Tokyo.
The oldest surviving department store chain in Japan is Mitsukoshi. It was founded in 1673 when it began by selling things on a door-to-door basis. In later years, it started up a store which eased their selling strategy as buyers only needed to drop by in order to purchase items. Nowadays, several Mitsukoshi stores can be found internationally, with the main headquarters in Tokyo. In case you can’t speak Japanese or understand the language, some shopping assistants are ready to help you with interpretation. Its Foreign Customer Service Counter is located on the second floor.
This historical building is also known as Tokyo Memorial Hall and it serves as an important reminder of the Great Kanto Earthquake which occurred in 1923. It is also a resting place for those who died during the disaster as well as those who lost their lives during the Tokyo air raids during World War II. It was built by Chito Ito, a Japanese architect, as a three-story pagoda in a Buddhist-temple style reaching a height of 41 meters.
Hitachi Mejiro Club is a two-story building with a basement which plays an important part as a dormitory for students in the Gakushuin school, a school educating the children of noble families. It was finished in 1928 and was known for its minimalist design. After World War II, it was purchased by Hitachi Ltd. and served as a facility in helping motivate and retain employees. The building is reachable either by car or by train.
The historical value contributed by these buildings is one thing that makes Japan unique as a country. If you’re interested in seeing some historic sights that are not shrines or temples, check out these places!