Tokyo / Asakusa Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Tokyo)

Mototerakoji Catholic Church
Mototerakoji Catholic Church

Due to the efforts of Zenemon Honda, who was baptized at the church in Tsukijinaribashi on April 15, 1877 (Easter Sunday), a house was obtained on 16 Saruya-cho, Asakusa-ku (currently 3-2 Asakusabashi), near to the reported execution ground during the Edo period, and established Maikai School (the characters for "maikai" means rose" in Chinese) to teach the French language. A room of the house was named "St. Paul's Chapel," where 40 people were baptized on this day. In order to produce remarkable results and continually increase the number of adherents in the Asakusa area, it was desirable to construct a church as a base for missionary activities centered around Maikai School. Although the priest and congregation faced many setbacks, land and a building on 1-15 Mukoyanagihara-machi (site of current Asakusa Catholic Church) were purchased. The cathedral was dedicated on December 25 of the same year using the entrance and study of the purchased building (1877)

Location 5-20-5 Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to
Contact information TEL:+81-3-3851-4009 (Japanese)
FAX:+81-3-3851-7002 (Japanese)
Open hours 7:00–19:00 (subject to change due to classes,
Mass information Sunday: 10:00 (Japanese), Third Sunday of the month: 14:30 (English)
Chief priestFather Misaki Xavier
Further informationClick here (Japanese)