Finnish-style sauna facility and artist exhibition. Kanda PORT Building is a space where different cultures intersect
Opened in April 2021, Kanda PORT Building is 2-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro's Takebashi Station and 3-minute walk from Jimbocho Station. It is a composite facility that was created as a base to create a new culture by renovating the Seikosha printing company's old building, originally constructed in 1964.
The "SaunaLab", a facility dedicated to saunas, operates on the 1st basement floor. The ceiling inside the saunas, which is set to a comfortable temperature, was made low in order to make it easier for steam to circulate. The men's sauna is equipped with the "OKE SAUNA" which imitates a sauna bucket, while the women's sauna is equipped with the "IKE SAUNA", which consists of a water-filled flower basin placed in a tatami room.
In addition, both the men and women's spaces contain an "ICE SAUNA" in which guests can feel the cold, -25 degrees Celsius wind that reproduces the outside air of the Lapland region, the northernmost part of Finland. The saunas can be used for a maximum of 90 minutes and can be reserved 6 days in advance. What's more, the shop features a selection of sauna goods designed to increase your appreciation for saunas even further, and procured from Finland and Lithuania, the home of saunas.
"Kanda PORT" on the 1st floor is host to various events such as workshops and exhibitions, as well as to the "KITCHEN SAUNA" café, which serves "Sauna Blend" (Hot: 370 yen, Iced: 420 yen) which is a perfect drink to have after a nice sauna session, as well as "SHAKE Sandwiches" (780 yen) for those who are feeling peckish.
"Akarui Photo Studio" on the same floor is a photo studio where photographers affiliated with Yukai Co., Ltd., a photography and design company, work together with their customers to create an entire worldview through their photography. It is the perfect place to get a souvenir photo to add a touch of decoration in a room.
The 2nd and 3rd floors are home to the "Hobonichi School" classroom studio, where learning is fun for everyone. Here, lessons by various instructors are recorded, in a style that makes it possible to learn through a variety of genres. The former owner of the building, Seikosha, has moved to the 4th to 6th floors. It is a long-established printing company that has been active for over 100 years, focusing on books and picture books.
Kanda PORT Building is a place where various cultures including saunas, events, cafes, exhibitions and offices intersect. Come, and you may gain a few insights, and make some new discoveries.