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Holy Resurrection Cathedral

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The building was designed by Josiah Conder, a notable architect in Japan who during the Meiji era was commissioned to transform the Marunochi area into a business district. There... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

The building was designed by Josiah Conder, a notable architect in Japan who during the Meiji era was commissioned to transform the Marunochi area into a business district. There was a time when the Cathedral overlooked the Imperial Palace. The icons inside are gorgeous.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

It is a very nice quite church. Donation Y300. there were just couple of people inside. feels very secluded and peaceful. On the map it was named Nikolai-do. less than 5 minutes walk from Ochanomizu or Shin-ochanomizu Station. close to Yushima Seido and Kanda Myojin shreins.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We have been already several weeks in Tokyo when we have spotted that church. I am from Europe and we have churches in all colours, forms and for something for the most individual church preference. However, it is the very first church I have seen in Tokyo and I want to tot also the only church in total which I... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

Not being familiar to orthodoxity, I do not say anything about the significance of this church, but, for I, this church was impressive. Built in Meiji Period, more than 120 years ago,(Year Meiji 24th), that this was kept well is vey rare since Tokyo had heavy airstrikes and lost most the of traditional buildings before WW2.Located in the center of... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

The Russian cathedral looks absolutely beautiful from the outside, with an impressive façade. However, upon entering it you cannot help but be disappointed by the not-so-impressive interiors. You can avoid paying for a ticket just by saying "No, thank you". It's not really worth getting to the cathedral, unless you're in the area and have some spare time. Otherwise –... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

The Holy Resurrection Cathedral, or Nikolai-do, in Kanda district, is the main cathedral of the Japanese Orthodox Church. It is located on Surugadai knoll and designed by British architect using original plans from St. Petersburg. St. Nicolas (baptized as Ivan Dmitrievich Kasatkin), a Russian missionary, has brought Orthodox Christianity to Japan in 1861 at the time when Tokugawa regime was... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

A friend had asked me to go to the Cathedral and see if I could find a copy of music which she had lost during hurricane IKE in Galveston. The music - Russian Orthodox Chants in Japanese recorded here at the Cathedral. I walked up the road from the Imperial Palace to the Cathedral (a lovely walk in itself) and... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Found on the map as Nikolai Cathedral, it is nice to stop in and have a look if you are in the area. I was slightly disappointed as it is quite beautiful architecturally from the outside, in a Byzantine style. The interior is much smaller than expected and I was slightly disappointed by this after the striking exterior. As you... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

St. Nicholas Cathedral or Nicholai-do is located at one block distance from JR Ochanomizu station. Being a little bit isolated from other tourist attractions it is usually overlooked, as not many things are around this area. I would only recommend a visit if you have plenty of time. It means a visual change from typical shrines (architectural wise), but the... More 

Thank Jac-and-Jek
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Holy Resurrection Cathedral, better known as Nikolai Cathedral, is worth looking at if your visiting close by, but I wouldn't make a special trip. The building exterior is quite imposing and beautiful, and something completely different in the Tokyo landscape. The interior is not as big as you'd expect. It is a single space, with a foyer and visitors seating... More 

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Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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