The Keio Line principally connects Shinjuku to the western side of Tokyo with seven different lines running through to the likes of suburban city Hachiōji and the mountainous area at Takaosanguchi. All of it’s stations actually lie within the boundaries of Tokyo and, thanks to regular free tickets, Tokyo Fox has dug deep to come up with a few places worthy of visit beyond perennial favourites like Mount Takao and Tama Zoo……
#6 – Inter-University Seminar house @ 1987-1 Shimoyugi, Hachioji-shi.
This inverted-Pyramid building was built in 1965 and perhaps the inspiration for the similarly-shaped Tokyo Big Sight which appeared in the capital 31 years after that. It is a 30 minute walk from Naganuma Station (KO32) on the local line (no express trains stop here) which is about 35 kilometres west of Shinjuku.
The unusual-shaped concrete building was designed by Yoshizaka Takamasa and is operated by multiple universities. As its an academic space where free ideas are respected, that may be why this reverse-pyramid form was given the green light for construction. It is not just used by college students though as it is also used by the general public for various activities if I can be so vague!
The shape of the building is hugely impressive and naturally the main thing to see but it’s quite nice to walk round the rest of the campus and see the other structures. When the sun is out, the building does light up and glow albeit not quite to the yellow-ness levels of Pyramid Onsen!!
Click here to read ‘Hidden Treasures Along The Keio Line #1 – Nakayasu Hotel’
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Click here to read ‘Hidden Treasures Along The Keio Line #5 – National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)’