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by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com

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2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo

Opened on June 11, 2014, Toranomon Hills is Tokyo's newest landmark. It is named after the Toranomon district which lies between Tokyo Station and Tokyo Tower. Toranomon Hills is the latest creation by the Mori Building Company that undertakes urban redevelopment projects and owns several tall buildings in Tokyo, including Roppongi Hills. At 255.5 meters, Toranomon Hills is now the tallest building in Tokyo.

Toranomon Hills in the middle, seen from Tokyo Tower with Tokyo Skytree in the far back on the right

The majority of Toranomon Hills is occupied by office and conference space and a few floors of residences, but the lower four floors and the hotel on the top floors are open to the public. The first to fourth floors are occupied by restaurants and a small numbers of shops. Visitors to Toranomon Hills will be spoilt for dining choices at around twenty trendy restaurants and cafes spread over the four dining floors. My favorite part of the visit was having lunch at one of the restaurants at Toranomon Hills to "try things out".

Artwork surrounding the entrance to the office elevators
Looking down from the third floor
Artwork at the first floor hotel entrance
A delectable burger from one of the restaurants

The hotel at Toranomon Hills is the Hyatt corporation's first Andaz branded hotel in Japan, the second in Asia. The Andaz Tokyo is a luxury boutique hotel occupying the top six floors of the skyscraper. The hotel reception, lounge and restaurant are on the 51st floor while the guest rooms are spread over the 47th to 50th floors, all with great views over Tokyo. On the top floor (52nd) is a rooftop bar and a wedding chapel, the highest chapel in Tokyo. The hotel also has a casual restaurant and pastry shop on the first floor of Toranomon Hills.

View of Tokyo Tower from one of the higher floors

A pleasant garden with a lawn, a small river, a kids playground and an oval plaza is found along the side and in the back of the building. We saw lots of people relaxing on the chairs provided in the garden.

Garden along the side
The oval plaza
Looking out to the oval plaza from the inside

Toranomon Hills was opened in combination with the extension of Tokyo's Loop Road No. 2 that runs below the building. The road will eventually be extended into the Tokyo Bay area where many facilities for the 2020 Olympics will be located. Above ground, a new broad road was carved into the cityscape that connects the Shimbashi Station area with Toranomon Hills. Ambitious plans see this road to be gradually transformed into Tokyo's version of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees over the coming years.

Tokyo's future Avenue des Champs-Elsysees in the making
Looking towards the new road in direction of Shimbashi from Toranomon Hills

Note that there are currently no train stations conveniently located in the close proximity of Toranomon Hills, although a new station below the building is being considered along the Hibiya Subway Line. Despite its name, Toranomon Station on the Ginza subway is a 5-10 minute walk away, while the walk from JR Shimbashi Station takes about 15 minutes. Alternatively, Toranomon Hills is a 20 minute walk north from Tokyo Tower.

The aptly named mascot, Toranomon

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2017/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2017
2017/10/25 - The 45th Tokyo Motor Show
2017/10/11 - Dipping into the three onsen towns of Yamanaka, Yamashiro and Katayamazu
2017/07/24 - Remote Riches in Toyama
2017/07/03 - Spiritual Chichibu
2017/05/02 - Fuji Shibazakura Festival
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2015/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2015/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
2015/08/17 - Nature and Hot Springs at Naruko Onsen
2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report

2014/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2014
2014/12/15 - Seasonal Illumination: Sendai
2014/12/09 - Seasonal Illumination: Tokyo
2014/12/04 - Autumn Color Report: Kanazawa
2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
2014/10/21 - Autumn Color Report: Bandai
2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/04 - Early Tokyo Blossom Report