Updated: October 02, 2019
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8 Things You Should Do In Akasaka, Tokyo!

Akasaka is one of the major business districts in Japan, located next to the popular Roppongi area. If you are in Akasaka, here are the best places to visit to make the most of the area.

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Suntory Hall (サントリーホール)

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This has to be mentioned first because it is quite arguably the most culturally significant attribute located in the vicinity of the Akasaka Station. Built in 1986 by the Suntory company, the famous Japanese whiskey maker, as a commemorative project to underline the company's 60 years of whiskey production, Suntory Hall is renowned for its outstanding acoustic qualities. The inside is covered with wooden panels and the concert hall has a capacity of 2,006 people. It is a prestigious venue for classical music performances. For information on the performance schedule, please refer to the link below.

Learn How to Make Temaki Sushi (Handrolled Sushi)

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Temaki Sushi is the kind of sushi that Japanese people typically make when they feel like eating sushi at home. If you're looking for a really cool local experience in Akasaka, there's a nice lady named Yoko who hosts cooking classes in her home! Learn how to make temaki sushi, and then feast on your delicious creations while taking with Yoko and getting an inside look at Japanese life.

Get Yourself Some Awesome Ramen

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There are some pretty fine ramen joints in Akasaka. If you are one of those ramen warriors, on a quest to find the richest, most satisfying bowl of the addictive Japanese dish, then Akasaka should be one of the areas you should explore. Here's the lowdown on some of the best joints in Akasaka.

Akasaka Sacas (赤坂サカス)

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There is a major commercial complex of 53,000 square meters called the Akasaka Sacas that is worth exploring. Home of the TBS, a major broadcaster in Japan, it was completed in 2008. It has five main towers with a sleek modern architecture surrounding a nice park-like public space. You'll find all kinds of restaurants, stores, and entertainment facilities. The complex is directly connected to the Akasaka Station (Chiyoda Line).

Toyokawa Inari Temple (豊川稲荷東京別院)

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Although far from being the biggest the most stately temple in Tokyo, the Toyokawa Inari Temple has some interesting particularities that make it worth a visit. Most notably, it is a Buddhist temple that venerates a Shinto white fox deity. You will see plenty of statues of the fox diety on the premises of the temple. Also, the temple is recognizable by its red lanterns. Located a short distance walk from the Akasaka Mitsuke Station.

Location: 1-4-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Eat Sublime Sushi

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Akasaka is one of the most central business districts of Tokyo. There are many excellent restaurants, among which you'll find some of the city's best sushi restaurants for all budgets. Here's a list of some of the good addresses you should check out while you are in Akasaka.

Hie Shrine (日枝神社)

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The Hie Shrine is a major place of worship in Tokyo. The shrine is dedicated to the Sanno God of Mount Hie in Shiga Prefecture and it has many sub-shrines across the country. The monkey features a prominent role at this shrine because it is believed to be the messenger of the Sanno. Another interesting feature you will notice is the many torii gates (Shinto shrine archways). Everyone one is welcomed to pray. If you want to learn the etiquette for doing so, please refer to the link below. The Shrine is also the venue of one of the three biggest Matsuri festivals in Japan: the Sanno Matsuri held in June. For more information on this festival, refer to the link below.

Location: 2-10-5 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Ninja Akasaka Restaurant (忍者赤坂)

You may know that Tokyo has many themed restaurants mostly based on anime or manga series. Ninja Akasaka is themed on, you've guessed it, ninja! It proposition of a ninja-themed restaurant might sound a bit tacky but it is made with good taste. You'll be thoroughly entertained and will have the chance to eat excellent food too. For more details on Ninja Akasaka, check out the link below.

Lastly...

If you'd like to explore other areas of Tokyo, refer to the area guides below for some great ideas of things to do.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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