Mitsubishi Ichigokan, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Ichigokan, located 5 minute walking distance from Tokyo Station, is a replication of the first Western office building in Japan, which was designed by Josiah Conder and constructed in 1894. Now inside the building, there are an art museum, a cafe restautrant and a shop.

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Though it’s not an original building, it creates an unique and dignified atmosphere. After this building first appeared, this district was filled with brick buildings and called “Iccho London (London Block)”.

Last Saturday, we visited Cafe 1984 in this building. Lots of people were waiting, and we were told to wait for 40 minutes. There was a waiting space but we took a look around the building, got into a small exhibition space in this building explaining its history and came back.

They have nice desserts – we had a hot apple pie and a chocolate cake plate. At night, they serve Western style dishes. The price is a bit expensive, but it’s a nice place if you want to relax in the middle of Tokyo, feeling the Meji atmosphere 🙂

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