Do you wanna stay whole day long at one place? Roppongi Hills doesn’t make you bored!
Roppongi Hills was opened in 2003 in the heart of Tokyo’s Roppongi, the building complex features offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, a hotel, art museum, observation deck and more. The office floors are home to leading companies from the IT and financial sectors, and Roppongi Hills has become a symbol of the Japanese IT industry.
At the center of Roppongi Hills stands the 238 meter Mori Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the city. While most of the building is occupied by office space, the first few floors have restaurants and shops and the top few floors house an observation deck and modern art museum that are open to the public.
The Tokyo City View observation deck is one of Tokyo’s best. When the weather permits, views can also be enjoyed from an open-air deck on the rooftop. Also located on Mori Tower’s top floors is the Mori Art Museum, a modern art museum with a focus on new artistic ideas from all over the world.
Other areas of interest in Roppongi Hills include the Mori Garden just behind the tower and the Grand Hyatt luxury hotel. Numerous shopping and dining options can be found all across the complex, and there is also a large Toho Cinemas movie theater that plays both Japanese and international movies. The headquarters of TV Asahi are also located on the grounds.
The complex also has its own gas turbine that reduces energy usage by 20% and carbon emissions by 27%. It is is self-sufficient in the event of power outages – essential for a facility that relies on elevators – and has 13 rainwater collection points; waste water is purified and reused within the complex. All refuse is recycled, and solar panels provide lighting with the surplus stored in batteries.
These features make Roppongi Hills not only environmentally responsible but also fairly disaster-proof – a model for how to live in a city that everyone knows is going to be hit by a major earthquake one of these days.
Roppongi Hills is about a five minute walk from the Hibiya Line platform of Roppongi Station and a ten minute walk from the Oedo Line platform of Roppongi Station. This building is definetely worth to go! Interesting? Please check it out!