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Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour


Among all the modern and contemporary works by world-renowned designers in Tokyo, Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower constructed in 1972 probably is the most iconic architecture of the 20th century. It's most striking feature of 4 x 2.5m size capsules stacked up high 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 Bldg. is now facing the risk of demolition, as it is showing signs of dilapidation. In this tour, you will also learn various activities to save the Nakagin Capsule Tower.


  1. You will get to see an interior design of the Capsule Tower Building and stimulate the senses!
  2. You will get to know the background of “Metabolism”, a post-war Japanese architectural movement.
  3. You will be able to photograph inside the capsules and freely post them on SNS.
  4. Your participation on this tour will support the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation & Restoration Project.


On this tour, we 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 but internal observation without special arrangement is usually not accepted, therefore please don’t miss this chance to discover Nakagin Capsule Tower and experience what the future looked like back in 1972.

Meeting point

In front of Nakagin capsule tower building entrance.
8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-0061 Tokyo 【Google map

Tour fee

5,000yen for a single guest
(4,000yen for paying in advance via PayPal)

What's included

・Guiding fee by a friendly English-speaking licensed guide who is familiar with architecture both traditional and urban design of Tokyo.
(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.)


1 hour
starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 13:00pm
for a group of 5, your preferred time can be arranged upon request.


・Please keep in your mind that the Nakagin Capsule Tower is a residential and office building and photography shooting in residents’ common space such as lobby, stairs and corridors is not allowed, however you can take photos inside the capsules and share them freely.
・For booking, pease contact with your full name, e-mail address, preferred date (NB:everyThursday), number of participants, and nationality.

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