Tokyo Midtown

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:

Tokyo Midtown

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.

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Tokyo Midtown scale mode.

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midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills is a “futuristic micro-city” that was built in Roppongi (Tokyo) in 2003. The complex has more tha 800 apartments, Livedoor, Yahoo Japan, Lehman Brothers, Rakuten, Konami and Goldman Sachs offices, a cinema, a hotel, bars and luxurious restaurants, a museum, a TV studio, gardens, a gym, a shopping area etc. All you need to live compressed in various towers, the main one is the Mori Tower that has 54 floors. It seems a convenient place to live but living there would cost you an arm and a leg, 100 square meters rental it’s about 10.000$~20.000$. The construction of Roppongi Hills was a changer, it reactivated the financial activity in Roppongi and brought many business from Shinjuku (Businessweek article from 2002).

If you travel to Japan, here there is a map with the most interesting places to visit in Roppongi Hills.

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Roppongi
More detailed maps here and here.

Blue circles are the best exits from Roppongi station if you want to go to Roppongi Hills. But you can also go to Roppongi using Oedo line and then take exit 7. If you love architecture you will love Roppongi Hills and you will spend a long time enjoying it, if not maybe just with one hour you will have enough to grasp the essence of the area. Add one extra hour if you go to up to the Tokyo City View and the Mori Art Museum

1.- The giant spider: is a sculpture made by Louise Bourgeois. I love the eggs detail.
2.- Muesum: on the top floor there is a panoramic city view and a museum. If it’s a clear day you will even be able to see Mount Fuji.
3.- Cinema: interesting if you are living in Tokyo. You can make reservations from the web or from your keitai.
4.- TV Asahi and Doreamon shop: next to the Mori Tower there is a huge TV studio owned by Asahi TV. Inside the building there is a shop full of Doreamon merchandising.
5.- Heartland bar: it’s a ‘classic’ bar. It’s a meeting point to have the first beer of the night. It’s located below Zara.
6.- Garden: is specially beautiful with night illumination.

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The Mori Tower is more than 200 meters tall, but the most impressing feature is how wide it is.

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The giant spider(Number 1 in the map)

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Below the spider.

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roppongi roppongihills

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Map of the first floors. It’s really complex!

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roppongi roppongihills

roppongi roppongihills

roppongi roppongihills

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Mori museum entrance (Number 2 in the map)

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roppongi roppongihills

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Asahi TV studio and Tokyo Tower in the horizon (Number 4 in the map)

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Tokyo Tower taken from Roppongi Hills.