Hi there! If you have read my previous articles, you will know that I am currently studying at the University of Tokyo as a first year undergraduate student under the MEXT scholarship, and today I will be writing about the campus I am currently studying at right now : the Komaba campus!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Hongo campus, which is the campus with the famous Akamon (Red Gate) often featured on TV, but not the Komaba campus. The Komaba campus is surrounded by lush nature and has many hidden charms (which I will cover in part 2 and 3). Unlike the Hongo campus, it only takes seconds to reach the campus from the train station (Komaba Toudai Mae Station), so it is extremely convenient. First and second year students, PEAK Program students, and students majoring in the liberal arts faculty study there.

The Komaba campus can be further divided into two campuses, but the second campus is mostly used for research so I will focus on the first (main) campus. Now, join me as I introduce a few key buildings in the first campus.

(1) Main gate and clock tower

Source: http://www.komex.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/about/history

There are seven gates in the first campus, and the main gate is the first you see when you walk towards the campus from the train station. Right behind the main gate, is the famous clock tower, as seen in the photo below.

(2) Communication Plaza

If you walk right from the main gate, you will see the Communication Plaza. The Communication Plaza is divided into three parts, the South building, the North building, and the Japanese-style building.
The South building is a two-story Shokudo (School canteen) which offers a variety of food such as noodles, rice bowls, ice cream and so on, and the price ranges from about 500~700 yen.
The North building consists of Seikyo (School store), and has a mini supermarket and a bookstore.
The Japanese-style building is usually used for tea ceremonies, but students are able to book them for certain events.

(3) 21 Komcee

Source: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/whyutokyo/komaba_index.html

Made of concrete, this stylish modern building is catered for the PEAK program students. Occasionally, Japanese students have lessons there as well.

(4) Komaba Library

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/31029865@N06/20072266084

Right next to the Shokudo is the Komaba library. You will need a student ID to enter and/or borrow books there.

That is all for part 1 and do check out part 2 and 3 as well!