The “mega development” of 2007 definitely goes to Tokyo Midtown Project – Mitsui Fudosan Corporation’s answer to Mori Building’s Roppongi Hills. Opened right in the middle of the bustling Roppongi district in 2007, one of Tokyo’s newest complex features a neat package of 6 multipurpose buildings surrounded by open green space. This mini-city includes office, residential, commercial, hotel, and leisure space, the new venue for the Suntory Museum of Art, as well as the tallest building in Tokyo, (Midtown Tower 248 meters).
Tokyo Midtown Project has not only reshaped the city’s landscape but also its character – the Roppongi known for nightlife and shopping is now officially in a state of change. Inspired by midtown in Manhatten, Tokyo Midtown, through inspirational design and a promotion of the arts, promises to make Roppongi a cultural as well as economic center. Suntory museum, together with the Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills), and the new National Art Center nearby, form what is now being called the “Art Triangle Roppongi”. As well, in contrast to Roppongi Hills – which is all about a stylish international image – Tokyo Midtown has taken on a more “Japanese aesthetic” with native wood materials, traditional washi papers, and bamboo. Instead of being a vast complex of varying styles, Midtown embraces harmony and simplicity.
Tokyo Midtown Overview
The 5-floor retail Galleria is the main shopping area of Tokyo Midtown. This open foyer arcade is 150 meters long and features an assortment of stylish yet unique shops and restaurants – Terence Conran, Coppola’s Vinoteca (Francis Ford Coppola wine bar), and Dean & DeLuca (high-end American food retailer) to name a few.
This large outdoor public space welcomes visitors right off Roppongi’s main street and into the center of Midtown. A great place to sit outside at one of the cafes – it offers a touch of nature and tranquility with water and greenery all under an impressive glass canopy.
Garden Terrace has a great selection of international restaurants in a range from everyday up to lavish gourmet. All the fine-dining Midtown has to offer with a great view of the surrounding gardens, gallery and green space.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
This 5 star hotel is on floors 47 to 53 in Midtown Tower and features breathtaking panoramic views of Tokyo.
Design Sight 21_21
Design Sight 21_21, a design gallery and workshop created by fashion designer Issey Miyake and architect Tadao Ando. This elegant structure leis on the edge of the park, includes two galleries and an attached cafe and boasts a hand-sanded steel roof.
Suntory Museum of Art
Originally opened in 1961, the Suntory Museum of Art has re-opened at Tokyo Midtown and mainly exhibits genuine art treasures. Visitors can also enjoy the museum shop, cafe, and tearoom.
Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
A designer workspace dedicated to the international influence of Japanese industry and design.
Tokyo Midtown Medical Center
Tokyo Midtown Medical Center is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International – one of the great success stories in of health care in the United States. It has already made a name for itself as a multi-specialty outpatient complex with English service and outstanding facilities.
Main Buildings/ Facilities
• Midtown Tower – office space, condominiums, Tokyo Midtown Medical Center, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, Tokyo Midtown Hall & Conference, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (47th through 53rd floors)
• Midtown East – office space, Tokyo Midtown Residences, Tokyo Midtown Hall & Conference
• Parkside – The Park Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
• Midtown West – office space
• Midtown Gardenside – Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown, Galleria, Garden Terrance, Suntory Museum of Art
• 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT – gallery & research design center
• Greenery and Park Space – Hinokicho Park, Grass Square, & Midtown Garden
Location – Hours of Operation
9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo – Open daily 11am-9pm.
Roppongi & Akasaka Area
Located in Roppongi a few minutes north of Roppongi Crossing and connected to the Oedo Line Roppongi Station on the opposite side of Roppongi Hills.
Roppongi Station Exit 8 – Hibiya & Oedo Lines
Nogizaka Station Exit 3 – Chiyoda Line
Even on rainy days, the underground passageway allows visitors dry access to Tokyo Midtown from the station.