January 21, 2008
Tokyo Midtown is the name of the last “micro-futuristic city” in Tokyo. The construction cost was 300 billion dollars and it opened its doors last year.
The direct competitor is Roppongi Hills, that it’s just 500 meters away. Midtown’s main building is taller than Roppongi Hills Mori tower, in fact, it is the tallest building in Tokyo. Inside Tokyo Midtown there are the offices of Konami or Yahoo Japan, it seems the office rental is cheaper than the Roppongi Hills one. There are also apartments, if you want to live in Tokyo Midtown it will cost you around 5.000~8.000$ a month for a100 square meters.
Here there is a map with the most interesting places in Tokyo Midtown:
- 1.- Main entrance: from this entrance you have the best view of the complex. It gives access to the commercial area that fills the first five floors.
- 2.- Suntory museum: museum with temporal exhibitions.
- 3.- Hinokicho park: is my favorite area. It’s a very quite park even been in the center of a so big city.
- 4.- Oedo line Roppongi station exit 7: the best way to arrive.
- 5.- Design Sight: it’s a little building designed by Taku Sato e Issey Miyake (Yes, the same guy who “makes” perfumes).
- 6.- Chiyoda line Nogizaka station exit 3: it’s a little bit farther than the Oedo line exit but it’s also pretty convenient.
- 7.- Roppongi Hills: read more about Roppongi Hills.
- 8.- The National Art Center: one of the best museums in Japan.
- 9.- Roppongi crossing: considered the main reference point in the area.
It’s interesting that the complex doesn’t have any shopping malls (American and European style), but it has museums, luxurious shops like for example the one selling food for dogs, expensive restaurants etc. Both, Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills are pretty far away from the western commercial area we are used to that would include a cheap shopping mall, a big cinema and access only with car.
Tokyo Midtown scale mode.