Plants underground

Two weeks ago I visited a place underground where they raise plants with artificial light. It is in the Marunouchi area next to Tokyo station, I was very surprised to see what they are doing below all those skyscrapers in Maronouchi.

These are some of the pictures I took. In some of the rooms the light was so shinny I had to use sunglasses, it was like going out to the street in a clear summer day.

These two plants are growing with LED light.



A rice pad.





Can you find the pumpkin?




More LED plants



Girls preparing salads made with lettuce and herbs grown underground.

I ate this salad, it was pretty good.

They were selling groceries grown underground with artificial light.

And this is how it looks like upstairs, above the place I just showed you in the pictures. Pretty amazing right?

  • Bobby

    October 16, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Could you give the address of this place?
    I would be interested in visiting!

    Arigatou 🙂

    – Bobby

  • omar

    October 16, 2008 at 6:04 am

    woo, that is very interesting indeed.

    where in Japan is this? I would also like to visit.



  • Ekowc

    October 16, 2008 at 6:30 am

    o_O @ Underground salad

  • Digi

    October 16, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Hi, I’ve recently started coming to your site more often and noticed that a lot of the time people are always asking for the addresses of the places you visit. So as a suggestion I think it would be very convenient if you could implement a sort of google map thing where you link the post to a tag on google earth.

  • CS

    October 16, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Hmm.. what exactly is this place is it a research facitlity and this was their publicity area or does it serve a commercial purpose?

  • Curtis

    October 17, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I used to work with artificial light and hydroponics when i worked at a nursery, it’s really intresting stuff. Thanks for the photos.


    PS- as others have asked above where exactly is this place? I would like to go there when i come to japan in a few months.

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  • curious

    October 19, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hey, the article about gorwings plants interground sounds like it came straight from a film! Japan is so kooky, I really want to go there one day.

  • Paul

    February 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    In Amsterdam, we do the same, but with just one plant species: Marihuana. Works great, but you need a lot of electricity for the lights and the waterpumps and the airco

  • Karasu-kun

    March 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The innovative nature of Japan never ceases to amaze me. Have you seen the Japan Underground books by Hideaki Uchiyama? There are 4 volumes total, they’re all photos of amazing spaces underneath Japan just like the one you did the article on.

  • Ash

    July 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    You don’t need a lot of electricity with LED’s , very little actually!

  • Mark

    August 6, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I was just there yesterday, at least I think I was… it’s supposed to be in the basement of the Nomura building in Marounuchi. I couldn’t find it so I asked a lady working in the coffee shop down there and she said it had closed. This post indicates it was still there less than a year ago. So… I don’t know. Maybe I had the wrong building and they were just trying to be polite?

  • hoho

    October 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm
  • Cyberbob

    December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures. The plants look wonderful, but puts a lot of work in it.

  • mitch

    January 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    woo, that is very interesting indeed.