“Nikolai Cathedral”, Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo.
Holy Resurrection Cathedral (復活大聖堂, fukkatsu daiseidō), also known as Nikorai-do (ニコライ堂, nikorai-dō), in Chiyoda, Tokyo, is the main cathedral of the Japanese Orthodox Church.
The founder of the Japanese Orthodox Church Ivan Dmitrievich Kasatkin (1836-1912), later St. Nicholas of Japan, was an archbishop who devoted himself to improving Japanese-Russian relations during the Meiji period. He selected the location on the hill at Kanda Surugadai. The site is on a height that overlooked the Imperial Palace. Today it is hidden among the many tall buildings erected since the 1960s.
“Nikolai Cathedral, A completely different building from Japanese buildings.”
Nikolai Cathedral is a building that has a completely different atmosphere from other Japanese buildings. This building is an “Orthodox Cathedral” built in “Neo-Byzantine architecture”. It is the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“Byzantine architecture founded by Bishop Nikolay of Russia”
Nikolai Cathedral was founded by the Russian Bishop Nikolai. In general, this cathedral is called “Nicholas Cathedral”, but its actual official name is “Japan Haristos Orthodox Church Tokyo Resurrection Cathedral”.
The building was built in 1891 with the original design of Spupov and the detailed design of the condor. Later, the dome and bell tower collapsed due to the Great Kanto Earthquake, but it is said to have been rebuilt through the design of Okada Shinichiro in 1929.
“Opening hours of Nikolai Cathedral”
To see the interior of Nikolai Cathedral, you have to visit in the opening hours. We arrived earlier than the opening hours and was not able to go inside.
Th opening hours and entrance fee are like below:
- (April – September) 13:00 – 16:00
- (October – March) 13:00 – 15:30
- Entrance Fee : 300 yen(Adult), 100 yen(Middle School students), Free(Under an d Elementary school students)
“Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Tokyo, Japan”
- Address : 4-1-3 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0062 Japan
- Phone : +81332956879
- Website : https://www.orthodoxjapan.jp/annai/t-tokyo.html