Meiji Seimei Kan – Marunouchi
One of my favorite buildings in Tokyo is the Meiji Seimei Kan, one of the finest examples of western classical architecture to ever be built in Japan. It was built in 1934, survived the war only to be occupied by the Allied GHQ after the war. In 1956 it was returned to Japan and today is, amongst other things, the starting point of the traditional horse and carriage ride from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace for new ambassadors meeting the Emperor. On weekends the first two floors are open to the public (more photos of that to come) but the six floors above remain in business use. I remember having dinner in a restaurant in the basement once, so if you want to have your evening meal in possibly the same spot as General Douglas MacArthur when he dined in the canteen it should still be possible.
I took these photos outside the building, which faces the Imperial Palace gardens, on a beautiful crisp autumn day a few weeks ago.