These top Tokyo attractions will close permanently in 2022
Despite the ongoing pandemic which has been difficult for businesses and attractions of all kinds, we have seen many new restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries pop-ups around Tokyo Last year. However, we also had to say goodbye to some Tokyo’s iconic landmarks last year, including top tourist attractions like Kawaii Monster Café, Mega Web Toyota City Showcase, and Oedo Monogatari Onsen.
Unfortunately, 2022 should see the same thing, with many sites already announcing that they will close this year. So you don’t get caught, here’s a list of Tokyo’s top attractions that will close in 2022.
Although Shinkiba may not be known as a nightlife district, many Tokyoites have stories of wild nights at Ageha, Tokyo’s biggest nightclub. Most weekends (and some weeknights), Ageha takes over the Usen Studio Coast concert venue, transforming it into a sprawling club known for its big dance floors and big parties. Unfortunately, Usen Studio Coast is permanently closing on January 30 and Ageha closes with him. Ageha organizers say they are still hoping to find a new home for the club, so keep an eye out.
Hotel Koe Tokyo
This stylish hotel in central Shibuya is sadly closing its doors January 31. Managed by clothing company Stripe International, Hotel Koe Tokyo is known for its sleek space, on-site clothing boutique, and spacious dining room that offers an all-you-can-eat bread buffet for breakfast.
Ikebukuro’s famous quirky eyewear store closes March 20th. The store on the east side of Ikebukuro Station is a must-see: the ceiling, walls and even the facade are adorned with an eclectic range of frames, reading glasses and sunglasses. After 50 years of activity, the shop is finally closing its doors. But there’s a silver lining: Until closing day, everything in the store is 50% off. In addition, each store visitor receives two free items as a special gift.
This huge mall in Odaiba is part of the Palette Town complex, which is undergoing a massive redevelopment starting this year. While Mega Web Toyota City Showcase and Zepp Tokyo have already closed their doors at the end of 2021, VenusFort will operate until March 27. Don’t miss his latest enlightenment event, Grateful Carnivalto see the Fountain Plaza adorned with colored lights and golden curtains.
Yokohama Gundam Factory
Despite the delayed opening due to the pandemic, Yokohama Gundam Factory opened in December 2020 with an 18-meter tall mecha. Unlike the Gundam statue in Odaiba – or any of the others in Japan – this one can actually move. In addition, the place offers shops, exhibitions, interactive experiences and a themed café dedicated to the Gundam series. Surprisingly, despite all the work that went into building it, the giant robot is only temporary.
It was to be removed on On March 31 of this year, but in a last-minute twist, the venue announced that the Gundam would stay for another year, closing in 2023 instead. Unfortunately, Gundam cafes in Tokyo (and Japan) weren’t so lucky – all cafes closed on or before January 30.
One of Tokyo’s most popular history museums is about to undergo some changes. Don’t worry, this closure isn’t permanent, but it’s important. The Edo-Tokyo Museum opened in 1993, and with nearly three decades of activity, it is long overdue for renovation. The temporary closure will begin on April 1 and last until 2025 or early 2026. During this three-year period, there will be a complete renovation of the entire facility, including screens, equipment, appliances and more.
After more than 50 years, Iwanami Hall in Kanda-Jinbocho presents its latest film on July 29 due to the impact of the pandemic. This mini-cinema is a favorite haunt of Tokyoites who love indie films that you simply won’t find in the bigger multiplexes. The theater is still showing movies until its last day, so head to Jinbocho to see foreign films like Ankon and Golden Thread while you still can.
Just four years after opening in the summer of 2018, Odaiba’s digital art museum team, Lab Borderless, is set to close August 31. Since it is located in the same complex as VenusFort, the museum is evicted by the same redevelopment. However, there’s good news here: while Borderless won’t be reopening in the same location, the art collective says it’ll get a new downtown spot in 2023.
Giant celestial wheel
The 115-meter tall Ferris wheel in Odaiba is also part of Palette Town, which means it is expected to be dismantled this year. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to take a ride on this iconic bay attraction before its last day on August 31.
One more thing…
Unlike Borderless, teamLab’s second major exposure was only meant to be temporary. Opened in 2018 and originally slated to close in fall 2020, the Toyosu Museum has instead seen its closing date pushed back throughout the pandemic. It has even been modernized with a new garden and a branch of the art collective Vegan Ramen Uzu restaurant last year. Sadly, TeamLab Planets is currently scheduled to close at the end of 2022. However, no specific date has yet been announced, so there is always a chance that it could get another extension.
This article was published on January 17 and updated on February 16.
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