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Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Chiyoda

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Feel the echoes of the East Roman Empire at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, the main cathedral of the Japanese Orthodox Church. The cathedral's impressive Byzantine-style facade, which contrasts sharply with the modern buildings surrounding it, features a 38 m (125 ft) high dome and has a number of beautifully painted icons inside. Completed in 1891, and dedicated to St. Nicholas of Japan, the site is popularly known as the "Nikolai Cathedral," testifying to good Japanese-Russian relations in the fin-de-siecle period. You can buy souvenirs, such as postcards, brochures, or CDs with Russian religious chants at the cathedral, but you can't take photos inside. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Tokyo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Holy Resurrection Cathedral and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is definitively worth visiting! You don't have many chanses to see Orthodox church in this part of the world.  more »
  • It is always interesting to see an orthodox cathedral in the middle of Tokyo, this is a nice building near the metro and easy to reach. However you must pay to enter it which makes the difference with...  more »
  • The building was designed by Josiah Conder, a notable architect in Japan who during the Meiji era was commissioned to transform the Marunochi area into a business district. There was a time when the C...  more »
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  • This is the main orthodox church of Japan, so if you are an Orthodox Christian you would go often. They perform mass for the main holidays, however the working hours are not convenient at all. Service is performed in Japanese and in Russian which makes it quite longer then usual. The building is beautiful though.
  • Very nice church, a great find at Easter time in Tokyo. Japanese service for Pascha was a delight, impressed by the service and the choir, walking around church with the lit candles at midnight under a beautiful sound of bells...
  • It is a Great construction. By the stand point, it looks like the GUNDAM base.
  • The bells one Sunday called me to service. I cried against a wall as the Orthodox Priest performed the service...
  • This place might be boring for tourists because this church is by far smaller than Europeans'. But I think the church is beautiful. If you are Japanese, you can enjoy!