St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo

St. Mary's Cathedral (in Japanese: 東京カテドラル聖マリア大聖堂, romanizedTōkyō katedoraru sei Maria daiseidō) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo. It is located in the Sekiguchi neighborhood of Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.

St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo
General information
Location3-15-16 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku
Town or cityTokyo
OwnerRoman Catholic church
HeightCathedral: 39.4 m (129 ft)
Tower: 61.6 m (202 ft)
Technical details
Floor area3,650 m2 (39,300 sq ft)
Grounds15,098 m2 (162,510 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Kenzo Tange
Structural engineerYoshikatsu Tsuboi



The original wooden structure, constructed in 1899 in the Gothic style, was destroyed during the air raids on Tokyo during World War II.[1] The present church, designed by Kenzo Tange, was inaugurated in December 1964.[2] His funeral was held there in March 2005.[3]



The layout of the building is in the form of a cross, from which eight hyperbolic parabolas open upwards to form a cross of light, which continues vertically along the length of the four facades. This Tange design inspired the later similar design of the landmark cathedral in San Francisco, also referred to as St. Mary's Cathedral.

To this rhomboid volume other secondary constructions are added, including the baptistry and the baptismal font. The rectangular shapes contrast with the symbolic character of the cathedral. The bell tower is 61.6 m (202 ft) high, standing a short distance away from the main building. The exterior cladding is made of stainless steel.[4] In 2004 a large organ built by Italian firm Mascioni was installed.[5]



  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Tokyo". Archived 2014-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 14 March 2010
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Tokyo". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ "NBM Media". Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ Kultermann, Udo (1989). Kenzo Tange: Works and Projects. Barcelona: Gustavo Gili, S.A. p. 175. ISBN 978-8-4252-1400-4.
  5. ^ "TOKYO (Japan) – St. Mary's Cathedral". Mascioni Organs. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2010.

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