Tokyo International Forum was completed in 1996 on the site of the former City Hall which was moved to the great Shinjiku City Hall five years earlier. Located in the immediate vicinity of Tokyo’s central station, it consists both of a business and entertainment center with 8 halls, 34 conference rooms, a 5,000m2 exhibition and special events hall, a 5,012-seats movie theatre and several restaurants, cafés and shops.
The Tokyo International Forum’s amazing boat-shaped design was created by architect Rafael Viñoly, for which he won the first international architectural contest in Japan. Each side stands in sharp contrast with the other based on the use of different materials, glass for the western side and steel for the eastern side opposite the railways.
The Forum typically hosts a large number of high-profile events such as concerts and musicals (Folle Journée, various artists), international conventions (banks and technological symposiums for example) or even sports events (the 2020 Olympics weight-lifting competition is scheduled to take place at the Forum). Antique fairs are held at the Forum on Sundays on a regular basis, providing visitors with the opportunity to admire some beautiful art pieces.
The general public can, however, take a tour of the International Forum even when there are no events scheduled. They can take a lift up to the seventh floor for a view of the ground floor great hall and admire the building’s global architecture from on high.
How to get to Tokyo International Forum
By JR train:
- Yurakucho Station (Yamanote or Keihin Tohoku lines) and a 1-minute walk
- Tokyo Station (many lines) and a 5-minute walk
By Tokyo Metro:
- Yurakucho Station (Yurakucho line H18) and a 1-minute walk
- Tokyo Station (Marunouchi line M17) and a 5-minute walk
By taxi -- Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 271)
How long / when to visit
Fifteen minutes to half an hour outside events
東京国際フォーラム (Tôkyô Kokusai Forum)