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

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Mori museum entrance (Number 2 in the map)

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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.

8 Comments
  • Brad

    December 21, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for reminding me! Roppongi Hills looks great at Christmas! Will head there tomorrow!!!

  • Pete

    December 21, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve been in it before, very cool place 🙂

  • Locksley McPherson Jnr

    December 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I was completely surprised to see these pictures, because they look so much like the ones I took when I was in Hong Kong of ‘Langham Place’ here and here

    Same designers maybe? Hmm… 🙂

  • Haider

    December 23, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Good post! Roppongi Hills is one of my favourite places in Tokyo, haven’t been in the museum or observation deck yet but will have to go sometime soon.

  • Amadeus

    December 28, 2007 at 12:59 am

    It’s very cool place. But as overprice as Fifth avenue or Bloor St. But the girls are very cute. Just for two lipsticks that I got for my sister (Sheishido) was about 150 dlls. But the girls were so cute and sexy.

  • D

    January 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Hey, the spider is just like one in Ottawa:

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2005/05/11/ot-maman20050511.html

    http://www.google.ca/images?q=spider in front of national gallery ottawa&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-13,GGGL:en

  • […] 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. […]

  • Hana

    November 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Oh wow~
    Roppongi Hills is sooo beautiful!
    what i find SUPER interesting is that in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. where is a spider statue EXACTLY like the one in these pictures.
    Keep up the awesomeness! I love this site… next to dannychoo’s of course~
    😀