Known as a city within a city, Tokyo Midtown is a collection of shops, restaurants, museums, nature, apartments, offices, and a luxury hotel. The high-end, artsy complex is steps away from Tokyo’s lively and entertainment-driven Roppongi district.
Standing like a beacon of refinement in the heart of the miniature city is Midtown Tower, one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings at 248 meters tall. Behind the towering building is an expanse of greenery composed of the Midtown Garden and Hinokicho Park, and alongside it is the Galleria, which is home to high-end stores and the Suntory Art Museum. The sophisticated shopping area attracts visitors annually with its diverse entertainment and shopping offerings.
<p>Midtown Tower, located centrally in Tokyo Midtown, houses the famous and luxurious Ritz Carlton Tokyo on its top floors. The hotel takes advantage of its prized location by filling its facility with floor to ceiling windows that perfectly frame the Tokyo skyline and, on clear days, offer surreal views of Mount Fuji. To witness the phenomenal views book a room or dine at one of the hotel’s high-end restaurants. Enjoy fine dining with Japanese, French, or café cuisine, or immerse yourself in the area’s nightlife with a cocktail in hand at The Bar as you gaze out at the glittering cityscape.<p> <p>Midtown Tower also includes a clinic, an elegant conference hall, and Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, which is a facility that holds exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and presentations to connect people and offer new perspectives through design.<p>
<p>Galleria, located directly beside Midtown Tower, is a multi-story building composed of shops, restaurants, and the Suntory Art Museum. Shop to your heart’s content, and peruse high-end stores that sell everything a fashionista could ask for, from clothing to cosmetics to perfume to watches to shoes to handbags. Aside from fashion, Galleria also includes stores that sell kitchenware, furniture, and interior decorations. Stop by Hashi Choh to purchase a pair of exceptionally crafted chopsticks for a cultural memento of the area. After browsing through all the stores, you can rest your feet at one of the spas onsite.<p> <p>As you explore the complex, replenish your energy at one of the many quality restaurants serving French, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and American cuisines!<p>
For art lovers, a trip to Galleria would be incomplete without visiting the Suntory Art Museum. First opened in 1961 and relocated to Tokyo Midtown in 2007, Suntory Art Museum is a celebration of Japanese art. The building, which was designed by famed architect Kengo Kuma, displays exhibits of Japanese paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, glassware, dying, and weaving. The museum also offers a cultural experience in its Gencho-an tea room where you can sample a cup of exquisite tea.
Midtown Garden is located behind and to the side of Midtown Tower and connects to Hinokicho Park. The combination of these parks create a lovely half perimeter of nature around the highly commercialized area and is a perfect place to unwind after a long day. Midtown Garden is home to about 140 trees, including cherry blossoms that bloom beautifully in the springtime. Regardless of the time of year, the park is bursting with seasonal flowers. Take a leisurely walk and enjoy the expertly crafted landscape and waterscape, which incorporate Asian and Western garden elements to reflect the cultural diversity of the area.
Also located in Midtown Garden is the popular 21_21 Design Sight, which is a museum dedicated to expanding and nurturing visitors’ understanding and interest in design. The venue hosts numerous design-related exhibitions every year that are suitable for guests of all ages. Stop by to gain a new perspective on everyday life!
Hinokicho Park is located beside Midtown Garden. This historic park was once the garden of the Azabu villa, which was the residence of the lord of the Hagi clan during the Edo period. The park still retains its old-time feel and is rich in traditional Japanese charm and greenery. The area is especially popular for its abundance of cypress trees. Lounge by the park’s pond and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere.
Tokyo Midtown is directly connected to Roppongi Station. Visitors can either travel via the Toei Oedo Line to Roppongi Station’s Exit 8, which is an underground platform linked to the complex or take the Metro Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station, where they can walk along an underground passage to Tokyo Midtown. The area is also about a 4-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and a 10-minute walk from Roppongi-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
At the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, it is—as the name already suggests—all about design. It wants to connect "people," "business" and "knowledge" through design and therefore hosts exhibitions, seminars and publications with a high level of interaction. In October the Design Hub was hosting an exhibition called Long Life Design 2013 where I was overwhelmed by a selection of incredibly well designed every day products, products we use everyday and which make our lives easier. If you are interested in design, make sure to check out their English website for current activities.
Idée Shop and Cafe are hidden gems worth checking out in the Galleria at Tokyo Midtown. Idée offers fresh and chic interior designs while Idée Café Parc, located in the back of the store, offers coffee, tea, and snacks with outdoor patio seating and great views.
A number of ice skating rinks open in Japan over the colder months, and one of the biggest in Tokyo is located at the Tokyo Midtown complex. The rink here has been in operation for 13 years now, and it's seen by many as one of the city's best winter traditions.
21_21 Design Sight is a museum in Roppongi in Minato, Tokyo, which opened in 2007. The design museum was designed by architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake. The building is on the e...
Oakwood Premier Tokyo comes from a brand of standout luxury hotel & service apartments right at the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. It is located in the business hub of Marunouchi with JR Tokyo Station in close proximity. This will allow guests and travelers to easily access the city's extensive transport network and visit various landmarks such as Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza and Shopping District. Boasting 123 luxurious apartments on the upper floors of a multi-serviced complex, each room offers a magnificent view of the city, not to mention all furnished and a fully-equipped kitchen set which is rarely seen in your everyday service apartment. Without doubt, these spacious tranquil retreats are curated to give you the amenities and services of a luxury hotel and a feeling of home. They are good options for both business executives and leisure travelers from one night of a short-stay to a few weeks/months of mid-to-long-term stay.
Just minutes from Shinagawa Station, the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is surrounded by lush greenery in the Takanawa area, with rooms offering balcony views of the nearby gardens and the surrounding Tokyo cityscape. This urban resort features convention facilities like the Hiten banquet hall, the international Convention Center Pamir, as well as a wide variety of Japanese, Chinese and Western restaurants.
Located right next to Shinjuku Chuo Park, THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku is a modern hotel with an exceptional design and easy access to the nearby Shinjuku train station and the Meiji Shrine. The 14-story hotel building was renovated and reopened in August 2018 as THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku . The western-style rooms offer a park view on the top floor as well as a newly opened terrace suite. The spacious atrium design offers a relaxed atmosphere and connects the restaurant, bar, lounge and lobby with one another. One of the highlights of THE KNOT is the delicious dishes. There are six areas in which food and drinks are offered. From the grill area to high-quality black tea and fresh bread, everything is on offer.
There is a restaurant right in front of the Meguro station where you can eat your own fish. All kinds of Japanese dishes and fresh seafood are also served. In some pools inside the restaurant you can catch your own fish with a fishing rod and net and then let the staff know which table it should be brought to. You can watch the fish being prepared in the kitchen and let you know in advance how the fish should be prepared: whether as sashimi, grilled, boiled, deep-fried (with tempura) or as sushi. If you don't manage to catch your own fish, then you can of course order a fish from the menu. However, the price is much lower if you want to have your own catch cooked .
One of the long-established restaurants in the area, it is always packed. But since there are also seats on the second floor, customer turnover is quick. The Spicy Beef Tendon Stew made by stewing high-quality meat from the neighborhood butcher with Korean spices is popular.
Motsu (offal) is their signature item, and they offer not the common motsu-yaki, but stir-fried motsu with different flavors depending on the type of offal meat. The stir-fried beef Abomasum eaten with a traditional sauce passed down over many years is popular.
The National Art Center (NACT) is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility in Roppongi, Tokyo. It opened in 2007 and is located on a site previously used by a research facility at the University of Tokyo. The structure is one of the architect's last works Kisho Kurokawa. Instead of maintaining a permanent collection, the NACT uses its 14,000 square meter exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. In addition, the public relations work is supported by various educational programs. The art library, which can also be found there, serves to collect and disseminate information about art.
The Mori Art Museum in Roppongi has set itself the goal of being a place of fun, stimulation and discussion - a place where what is important in culture and society is openly discussed. Not only through the exhibitions that are shown there, but also through a wide range of educational programs. It appeals to an audience that ranges from young schoolchildren to college students and seniors, from people who live in regional society to all over the world. The operators of the museum also consider it their task to create a platform for the artists from the region. Since opening, the museum has received high critical acclaim for its wide variety of unique exhibitions, many of which are centered on cosmopolitan themes.
Roppongi Hills is one of the largest real estate complexes in Japan, based in Roppongi, Minato-ku. The building complex designed by Minoru Mori and opened in 2003 consists of offices, stylish apartments, shops, restaurants, cinemas, a museum, an art gallery, a hotel, a TV studio, an outdoor amphitheater and a few parks, the office floors house leading companies in the IT and financial sectors, making Roppongi Hills a symbol of the Japanese IT industry. In the center of Roppongi Hills is the 238-meter-high Mori Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the city. On the top floors there is an observation deck that offers a beautiful view of Tokyo and a modern art museum focusing on new artistic ideas from around the world. There are numerous shopping opportunities throughout the complex and there is also a large Toho Cinemas cinema showing both Japanese and international films.