lies on the Hibiya and Toei Oedo
subway lines in the well-known Roppongi
district of Minato Ward. Roppongi
is the district of Tokyo that is
infamous for its night life and
famous for Roppongi Hills, Japan's
largest integrated property development.
goes back to the 1660's when during
the Edo period it was the residence
of feudal lords. In 1890, the Japanese
Imperial Army moved in and stationed
its Third Imperial Guard in Roppongi.
The influx of soldiers led to its
becoming a nightlife quarter.
During World War II, Roppongi was
completely destroyed, but after
the war the American Army moved
in and the area became alive again.
It now became a foreign neighborhood,
with U.S. military installations,
western-oriented shops and restaurants.
Several entertainment facilities
also opened in the area, making
Roppongi a nightlife spot again.
By the late 1960's the district
had grown both in size and popularity
among both the Japanese and foreigners
as more foreigners came to live
in the area. Today Roppongi is an
upmarket place with many embassies
located in the district.
What gave a boost to the image of
the area was the opening of Roppongi
Hills in the year 2003. Rightly
called "a city within a city",
is a redeveloped neighborhood within
Roppongi consisting of residential,
recreational and office space. Several
foreign banks and companies have
opened offices here.
Roppongi Hills was constructed by
the building tycoon Minoru Mori
with the vision of building an integrated
development where urban communities
could live, work, play, and shop
in proximity. He believed that if
commuting time was eliminated, the
quality of life would improve. Built
at a cost of $4.7 billion and covering
an area of approximately 27 acres,
Roppongi Hills is Japan's largest-ever
property development, and Tokyo's
In the center of Rappongi Hills
stands the 54-storey Mori
Tower, named after the
builder and his company Minoru Mori.
This 238 meters high building is
the newest of Tokyo's landmarks.
The first six floors of Mori Tower
are occupied by shops and restaurants.
The next 43 floors have offices,
and the top six floors house the
Mori Art Center and the Tokyo Sky
The Mori Art Center
occupies the top 6 floors of Mori
Tower. This complex includes:
1. Mori Art Museum
The Mori Art Museum is devoted to
contemporary art, architecture,
design, fashion and video art. What
sets this museum apart is the fact
that it holds no permanent collection
of its own. Instead, it holds special
exhibitions and special public events
with the aim of providing an international
platform for emerging and established
artists and designers not only from
Japan, but from around the world.
2. Roppongi Hills Club
The Roppongi Hills Club is a membership
club which provides a stimulating
and relaxed forum for social and
creative exchange. It includes several
restaurants and bars for its members.
3. Roppongi Academy Hills
Roppongi Academy Hills is a multi-purpose
academic facility which includes
a school, library, and a conference
center. It aims to stimulate intellectual
curiosity of Tokyo's urban population,
as well as communicate new information
and cultural ideas to the world.
4. Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View is the observation
deck on the top floor of Mori Tower.
This 250 meter high deck gives an
unobstructed 360 degree-wide view
of the surrounding buildings and
beyond. The 11-meter high stairwell
and glass wall provide "a liberating
feeling". Both the daytime
and nighttime panoramic views of
the city hold a charm of their own.
Around Mori Tower
are a few more buildings with offices,
shops and restaurants. The variety
of shops is enormous, which makes
it the ultimate place to shop. Prominent
buildings in the area include those
of the luxury hotel Grand Hyatt
Tokyo, headquarters of TV
Asahi, and a Virgin
Cinemas complex. This cinema
is a nine-screen one with futuristic
decor, THX and reserved seating.
It is open all night long. Close
by is the Roppongi Hills
Arena, an outdoor arena
with a gigantic roof. Perhaps the
most remarkable part of Roppongi
Hills is the Mori Garden.
This is a traditional Japanese garden
which spreads over 4,300 square
meters, and includes a duck pond.
This beautifully landscaped garden
is on the former site of a feudal
lord's residence of the Edo period.
The Mori Garden is along the Gaien
Higashi Avenue. This is
the road in Roppongi
which heads towards Tokyo Tower
from Roppongi Station, and is the
main area which draws crowds at
night. Both sides of Gaien Higashi
are lined with bars, restaurants
and nightclubs to suit all tastes
Tokyo Midtown is the latest composite
urban district of Tokyo. Completed
in March 2007, this brand new complex
is located in Roppongi in Minato
Ward, a short distance from Roppongi
Hills. It is directly connected
to Exit 8 of Roppongi Station.
Tokyo Midtown, built on the former
site of the Defense Agency, covers
an area of 69,000 square meters
and includes three office towers
(including the tallest building
in Tokyo), three residential complexes,
a museum, a hotel, shops, restaurants,
and much more. A vast expanse of
sloping greenbelt is another highlight
of the district.
The whole project was designed by
the architectural firm Skidmore,
Owings & Merrill LLP with the
active participation of several
other architects and designers.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui
Fudosan Co. Ltd., the Tokyo Midtown
Management Co. Ltd., is in charge
of the overall management of Tokyo
Midtown. It looks after all issues
and activities related to the facilities
of the complex.
Midtown Tower is
without doubt the new landmark of
not only Tokyo Midtown, but of the
city of Tokyo. At 248 meters, it
is the tallest building in Tokyo
Prefecture. The top 9 floors (45th
to 53rd floors) of this soaring
tower are occupied by the 5-star
Ritz Carlton Hotel. Each
of the luxurious guest rooms located
on floors 47 to 53 offers panoramic
views of Tokyo. Floor 46 contains
a spa and a fitness center, while
floor 45 has a restaurant, a bar,
and a lounge. The lower floors have
offices of such giants as Yahoo!
Japan, Gaga Communications, Fujifilm,
and Konami. There are Sky lobbies
at both the high and medium level
banks offering breath-taking views
of the city.
Midtown East is
the second office building of the
district. Called the gateway to
Midtown, it is located nearest to
Roppongi Station. Besides offices,
the building also has convention
and meeting halls with state-of-the-art
equipment to handle all kinds business
meetings, events, and functions.
Midtown West is
the third office building. Holding
prime location, it faces Gaien-Higashidori
Street and the Midtown Garden.
On the eastern edge of the property
is the Park Residences at
The Ritz Carlton. This
first housing complex operated by
a 5-star hotel in Japan consists
of 244 rental apartments on 29 floors,
complete with concierge desk, housekeeping,
chef-prepared meal deliveries and
other services. Amenities include
underground parking, fitness center,
Jacuzzi, sauna, and trunk room.
Tokyo Midtown Residence,
the second residential building
in the complex, consists of 25 floors.
Apartments are located on 12th to
24th floors. The lower floors have
rental conference and meeting rooms,
private lounges, and offices.
Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown
is the third residential building.
This is Japan’s first Premier
brand of mid- to long-term stay
serviced rental housing from Oakwood
The main shopping area of Tokyo
Midtown is the five-floor Galleria.
This open foyer shopping arcade
has a rich assortment of stylish
and high-end shops. The glass ceilinged
Plaza also has
some chic establishments, besides
several cafes and pastry shops.
This expansive and open place is
ideal for a stroll and relaxation.
For stylish dining there is the
which consists of a large variety
of international and Japanese restaurants.
Suntory Museum of Art,
originally opened in 1961, just
recently moved to its present location
in the Midtown Gardenside. With
the underlying philosophy of “Lifestyle
Art”, the museum is unique
in the sense that it contains works
of art created through people's
lives in Japan. The collection consists
of over 3000 articles closely connected
to Japanese life. The museum building
itself is unique, being a combination
of both traditional and contemporary
elements of Japan. The exterior
has a white porcelain look, while
the interior is toned with wood
and Japanese paper. Besides the
exhibition rooms, there is a lecture
hall, a café, a museum shop,
and a tea-ceremony room.
Other facilities at Tokyo Midtown
include a Medical Center,
two Halls equipped
with the latest sound and light
systems, and a Conference
Room with the latest audio/visual
Almost 40% of Tokyo Midtown is covered
with grass and greenery, giving
the area a rich and open verdant
look. The Midtown Garden
is the main green area with over
140 cherry, camphor and other trees
displaying their full beauty, especially
when the cherry blossoms are in
full bloom. Hinokicho Park
is on the east side of Tokyo Midtown.
This site was originally the garden
of an Azabu villa of the Edo period.
This impressive garden is rich in
flora of a large variety.
Tokyo Midtown also has special Tours
for its many visitors. These 60-minute
tours have services in English,
too, but reservations have to be
made in advance.
Hotels in the Roppongi area that we represent
Hyatt Tokyo (H-04, E-23)
in Roppongi Hills, adjacent to Mori
Tower, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo offers
every imaginable convenience and comfort.
Each of its 361 rooms and 24 suites
are huge with high ceilings, black-out
blinds, a 30-inch flat screen TV, a
DVD player and high-speed Internet access.
Facilities include 10 restaurants, bars,
pool, gym and spa.
Appartments Roppongi (H-04, E-23)
in the heart of Roppongi, Oakwood Apartments
Roppongi offers 69 stylish serviced
apartments, each with flat screen televisions
and a large work desk with broadband
access. Facilities include a well-equipped
gym and business center.
Ritz Carlton Tokyo (H-04, E-23)
Located in the center of the Tokyo Midtown Shopping Complex, it is walking distance from nearby metro stations. Direct link from the Roppongi Toei Oedo metro Station [Exit 8], direct link via underground passageway from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station [Exit 4a], 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station [Exit 3], and 10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Roppongi-itchome Station [Exit 1]
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