Exploring Architecture: Shibuya & Omotesando

An up-close-and-personal exploration of Tokyo’s most significant buildings and sites.

What will I learn in this class?
This tour will focus on the new and renewed urban and architectural developments in Shibuya and Omotesando. Participants will learn how current, dominant logics of life in cities are translated into architecture and public spaces. They will also learn about key factors and forces in urban development.

This class observes the built environment, traces the main events that have formed it, links cultural phenomena and historical affairs with form and points at how buildings and urban sites carry meaning. Participants will be given rich information and practical tools for a broader understanding of Tokyo and contemporary Japan.

This tour includes a short break at a local café.

Who teaches this class?
Dr Erez Golani Solomon is a lecturer in architectural design and theory at Waseda University and Keio University. Golani Solomon practices architecture as partner at the Tokyo-based firm Front-Office.


  • Apr 26
  • 9:30am–2:30pm
  • Meeting point: Harajuku Station (tour disbands at Shibuya Station)
  • ¥8,250 (excludes food and drink)
  • Cancellation deadline: Apr 18
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members.