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Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour in Tokyo

Product ID: 121689
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Discover Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower and experience what the future looked like back in 1972. Now it's facing the risk of demolition and special arrangement is necessary to observe the capsules, therefore this is a chance not to be missed.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get to see an interior design of the Capsule Tower Building and stimulate the senses
  • Understand the background of “Metabolism”, a post-war Japanese architectural movement.
  • Photograph inside the capsules and freely post them on SNS
  • Support the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation & Restoration Project by being a part of the tour
Full description
Among all the modern and contemporary works by world-renowned designers in Tokyo, Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower constructed in 1972 is probably the most iconic architecture of the 20th-century. It's most striking feature is the prime example of the "metabolism architecture movement" advocated by a group of young, avant-garde Japanese architects, including Kurokawa during the high economic growth period in Japan.

However, the Capsule Tower building is now facing the risk of demolition, as it is showing signs of dilapidation. On this tour, you will also learn of the various activities to save the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

You will visit a couple of beautifully-renovated capsules with the original amenities, such as a 45-year-old Sony TV and open-reel tape deck attached. Since the capsule appeared in the "Heroes Reborn" TV mini-series in 2015, many intrigued fans from all over the world started visiting this building to experience what the future looked like back in 1972. 
Includes
  • English-speaking licensed guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Nakagin Capsule Tower building entrance.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour is supported by the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation & Restoration Project and part of the tour fee will be donated to support the project