The word "Nagatacho" is often used to refer to Japan's national government (the same way that "Washington" is used to refer to America's federal government).
National Diet BuildingThe National Diet Building was completed in 1936. Although the building is western style its constructed almost entirely of Japanese materials. The building offers free tours Monday to Friday 08:00 - 1700.
Frequent ProtestsNagatacho (and nearby Kasumigaseki) have a heavy police and security presence. The area is the site of frequent demonstrations (mostly by right wing groups).
Police and right wing vehicles are equally intimidating.
Hie ShrineHie Shrine in Nagatacho sponsors the Sanno festival — one of Tokyo's best spring festivals.
The shrine was constructed in the 14th century. Who constructed it and why are something of a mystery. Hie Shrine burned to the ground in WWII. The present buildings date from 1958.
Area MapNagatacho is in central Tokyo beside the Imperial Palace. Nearby Kasumigaseki is a similar neighborhood filled with national government buildings.
Natatacho is home to Japan's National Diet Building, the Prime Minister's Official Residence and Hie Shrine.