Located between Ginza and Hibiya, Yūrakuchō is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Tokyo. A little known fact is that Yūrakuchō developed around the mansion of Oda Nagamasu, the younger brother of the famous Oda Nobunaga, who was authorized by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to build its residence near the Edo Castle. Actually, Yūrakuchō means Yūraku town and the name comes directly from Urakusai (有楽斎), one of the nicknames of Oda Nagamasu.
Today, Yūrakuchō is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods from Tokyo, a place where you can experience the traditional Japan, in an izakaya or yakitori-ya (like those located under the JR Yamanote line) and you can also admire the architecture of modern Japan.
Here’s a wide angle image taken on Harumi-dori, a place with vivid colored buildings, one of those areas making Tokyo so friendly for the city explorer. On the adjacent street, the white building with the sharp tower is one of the landmarks of the area, the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, one of the places where the Takarazuka Revue troupes are performing.
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