Stroll around the neighborhood and streets by Homat Viscount, Residence Viscountess, Homat President and Homat Royal, surrounded by a variety of excellent eateries, bars and cafes to choose from any time of day and evening. At Akasaka Scacs you will come across every kind of food you may desire.
Some important buildings are located in the district such as the Diet Building, where the Japanese parliament is held. The word is Japanese is “Kokkai Gijido”. The prewar parliament under the Meiji Constitution was modeled on the Imperial German, which in English is called the Diet. It opened its doors in 1936, tours can be arranged to view the inner parts of the chambers.
Akasaka being on a hill, used to be the guard post protecting Edo Castle. Nearby river was made as a moat called Tameike meaning, “Dammed Pond”. The water supply brought many eateries during its time and has remained until present day.
Out of all the important venues, there stands the State Guest House ( Geihinkan ) built between 1899-1909. The look is similar to the Palace of Versailles in France. Entrance has the
“ Ichimatsu “ motif design, traditional Japanese checkered pattern. There are many tall pillars, look carefully and you will find many other Japanese hidden designs. Walls are paneled by
“Kinkazan ” from the famous Kyoto Nishijin weavers. View closely at the walls on the
”Asahi No Ma “, the Japanese armor and helmet used during the Samurai period, same as in the “Sairan No Ma “, this room has martial motifs of Napoleonic and Japanese warriors in traditional armor in Alabaster reliefs. On the MantelPiece there is a relief representing both swords from the West and East. A splendid panel can be seen at the “Kacho No Ma “. Depicting 4 seasons in cloisonne with Nihonga artists of the Meiji Era. The outer garden has a wonderful collection of Black/White Pine Bonsai dating nearly 140 years.
Don’t miss the Akasaka Palace, （Togu Goshio ）home to many of the Imperial family members, covering a whole city block. This Palace is not open to the public.
Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin Shrine, dedicated to the money god. Popular among shop and company owners, bringing money and luck. You will always know if the Shrine is dedicated to the money God whenever you see the statue of 2 foxes at the entrance.
There is the Supreme Court, since 1947, rebuilt to its present concrete structure in 1974.
Meiji Kinenkan, beautiful venue for weddings and summer beer garden.
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine, built in 1729 by the 8th Tokugawa shogun in the Edo Period. Was not damaged during the Great Kanto Earthquake, now designated as a Tokyo Cultural Property.
Toraya, 500 year history to this fabulous Japanese confectionery giant.
All of the above are walking distance to each other, enjoy strolling the entire day.