Tokyotecture Walk #1
The walk starts at Harajuku Station, a popular meeting spot along the zelkova tree-lined avenue Omotesando. Major attractions include Yoyogi National Gymnasium and the Prada store.
The walk is more than just looking at buildings. The leader goes into the design process of the architects, and their philosophy towards design. Japanese architecture has really flourished in the past 15 years, because of the persistence of the architects to redefine design standards. This is a great tour if you're looking for something more than the usual.
From Harajuku Station, the walk meanders through one of the most trendy areas of Tokyo. The area is a popular place to visit for people from all around the world. There are a few significant buildings off of the main street that are also included to show the range of creativity of Japanese and international architects. Many buildings you will be visiting were built after 2003, and are the definition of contemporary architecture.
There are also opportunities to grab a coffee or visit a cafe if you so choose. This walk goes through a busy area teeming with life, and is a great tour for those who love to people watch. At the end of the walk you will have a good appreciation for contemporary Japanese architecture.