The University of Tokyo Akamon
A Symbolic Gate at the University of Tokyo, Japan’s Most Exclusive University
Important cultural property of Japan
Akamon is a red gate located at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus. Although there are historical structures everywhere inside this campus, Akamon is known as a symbol of the University.
This gate was built in 1827 to welcome Yohime, a daughter of the 11th Shogun, Tokugawa Ienari, as the legal wife of Maeda Nariyasu, the 13th lord of the Kaga Clan.
At the time, it was customary not to rebuild red gates when they were burned down, so this one is a treasure because it is the only existing one to have avoided disaster.
In 1877, control of the property was transferred to the University of Tokyo. Akamon is now designated an Important Cultural Asset by the Japanese government.
It is designated an Important Cultural Asset by the Japanese government.
The vivid vermillion hue of this gate calls to mind the young and gorgeous Yohime.
Having avoided disaster to this day, Akamon is an important historical structure.
You may walk inside the campus, taking into consideration that classes are in session.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
1) Main Door: 7 am to 6 pm (closed on weekends and national holidays)
2) Side Door: 6 pm to 10 pm(7 am to 10 pm on weekends and national holidays)
1)About 5 minutes on foot from Hongo-Sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Toei Oedo Line
2)About 10 minutes on foot from Todaimae Station on the Namboku Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)