A string of new commercial facilities opened in Tokyo in 2016. Here are five noteworthy commercial complexes in the city that even those who have been to Tokyo several times will still enjoy.
NEWoMan opened at the south exit of Shinjuku Station in March 2016. It is made up of eight areas, the 1st to the 7th floors and the M2 level. Under the concept “making women sparkle forever in every way,” each floor is lined with fashion, beauty, and other shops with refined tastes, as well as a food area with numerous popular restaurants and cafes, among other establishments. This commercial complex is also filled with tastes that you can only experience here, including the first Janice Wong dessert bar in Japan, VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS, and the macaroons from Pierre Marcolini, the royal chocolatier of Belgium.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza, a commercial complex that houses shops and restaurants on a total of 13 floors from B2F up to the 11th floor, opened in Ginza in March 2016. The 1st-2nd floors are where you will find flagship stores of brands that carry high-class items and the latest trends. Further, it is packed with hot shops and stores such as HINKA RINKA, the new select shop of Tokyu Department Store, Tokyu Hands' cafe called HANDS EXPO CAFE, the first Japanese branch of an Australian Greek restaurant called THE APOLLO, and a freshly-made ice cream shop called Handels Vagen.
2. Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho is an urban district complex in Akasaka that is comprised of three buildings: the Kioi Tower that houses offices and commercial facilities, the Kioi Residents for rental houses, and the Akasaka Prince Classic House, which was the old building of the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka. It opened in July 2016.
The Kioi Terrace, which occupies floors 1-4 of Kioi Tower is packed with restaurants and cafes, while the high-end hotel The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is situated on floors 30-36. The casual French restaurant La Maison Kioi is also inside the Akasaka Prince Classic Hotel, and it is a recommended spot for relaxing.
3. Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho
To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Omotesando Hills underwent its largest renovation and redesign to date in February 2016. This commercial facility houses the biggest number of luxury brands in the Omotesando area, starting with the Italian brand Valentino. Further, there are numerous brands that represent Japan in this complex, too, such as Maison MIHARA YASUHIRO. Various restaurants like modern Chinese restaurant Kageyamarou and the roast beef restaurant famous for its thick slices, 37 Roast Beef, also opened in this facility. It has now become a spot where customers can enjoy a new kind of shopping and dining.
4. Omotesando Hills
Atre Ebisu West Building was opened in April 2016 as a new train station building at the west exit of Ebisu Station. Atre Ebisu Main Building has been in Ebisu Station right from the start, but an annex was constructed in order to supplement the original establishment. On the 4th floor, you will find a concourse that links to the 3rd floor of the main building, as well as a west accessway connected to the JR Ebisu Station west exit, thereby making it easier to move between the east and west exits. The large-scale supermarket The Garden Jiyugaoka is located in B1F, while the other floors house rows of shops, centering on restaurants and cafes. You have to check out the seafood restaurant Shirononiwa on the rooftop, where you can enjoy dining while staring at the gorgeous landscape.
5. Atre Ebisu West Building
Tokyo is constantly evolving so even if you have been there a number of times, you are still bound to find something new every time you come. If you are ever in the Tokyo area, check out these newly opened establishments!
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