Online Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour With a Professional Guide


Considered the icon of a post-war Japanese architectural movement called Metabolism, the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Ginza is also one of the last Metabolist structures standing. Virtually tour this fascinating building before it’s gone for good!


  • Virtually explore the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a private building that’s off-limits to casual visitors
  • Get a glimpse of life as a resident in the Nakagin Capsule Tower
  • Have all your questions about the iconic building answered by a knowledgeable guide
  • Interact with fans of the tower from all over the world
  • Help save the tower: part of your fee will go towards the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation & Restoration Project

Key Information

Important Information

- Please be punctual: the experience will proceed at the scheduled time and cannot be adjusted for latecomers if there are other participants - Please ensure your internet connection is fast enough for video calls; we cannot offer refunds in case of connectivity issues - Recording the experience or sharing the Zoom link with unregistered guests is strictly prohibited - Ages 0–4 are free of charge - This is not a private booking; other guests may join you on your chosen date and time - This experience is available in English or Chinese, please choose the language for the guide you require - All prices are per person: when booking, please select the actual number of people joining, regardless of the number of devices used - All times listed are in JST, Japan Standard Time (UTC +09:00); please book accordingly - This is a live online experience; participants should have a fast, stable internet connection - Please be sure to install Zoom on your device in advance


An icon of the Metabolism architectural movement that emerged in post-war Japan, Nakagin Capsule Tower is a fascinating structure in Tokyo with significant cultural value for design enthusiasts worldwide. Unless you book a special tour of the venue, or rent one of its capsules to stay, Nakagin Capsule Tower is, in most cases, off-limits to casual visitors. But in this unique opportunity, you’ll get to tour and virtually explore the tower’s interiors while in the comfort of your home! Your online tour will be led by a passionate and knowledgeable professional guide. Through commentary accompanied by photos, they will share the story of this building with you, and answer all your burning questions about it. Why was the tower built? What is Metabolism? Why was architect Kisho Kurokawa chosen to design this building? Why is it loved by design enthusiasts worldwide? And will the building really be demolished? Your tour will also give you a glimpse into the lifestyle of a resident in the tower, as well as efforts made to preserve the building and save it from demolition. You’ll get to see not only the interiors of the building, but also valuable artifacts collected from residents of the tower. Most important of all, as a tour participant, you’ll be helping to save the tower from demolition! This tour is supported by the Nakagin Capsule Tower Preservation & Restoration Project, and a part of the fee you pay will go towards supporting the project.

How it works

1. Please read the Important Information and Activity Rules carefully before booking 2. Choose the number of participants who will join the experience 3. Choose your preferred date and time, in the time zone of the experience host: JST (UTC +09:00) 4. Your host will send the link for your online experience by email 5. Make sure you have the software, hardware, and any required items listed under What to Bring, plus a stable internet connection 6. Use the Zoom link provided to log in by the designated time

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