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How to Enjoy Tokyo Midtown With Its Avant-garde Art and Beautiful Nature

Tokyo Midtown is a popular place in the Roppongi area with offices, a hotel, park, museums, and shopping mall. Here are some recommended spots in Tokyo Midtown.

2017.05.18

What is Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is a multi-use commercial complex filled with nature despite being in the middle of a metropolis. It has shops of popular Japanese and international brands, as well as cafes, restaurants, museums, hotel, and clinic. There are numerous artwork and sculptures and verdant green on the grounds so visitors can take a stroll to appreciate the art. Be sure to see the building itself and the artwork on the grounds before going to the shops and restaurants. This is a place where you feel the art close to you.



"Ishinki, an objet d'art on the B1 floor by Kan Yasuda, a sculptor living in Italy, offers a variety of expressions depending on the angle.


What is Tokyo Midtown

1. Tokyo Midtown DESIGN HUB

As an information hub that connects and moves people through design, Tokyo Midtown DESIGN HUB hosts a variety of activities including exhibitions. The exhibitions that are organized regularly under the keyword of "design" are varied and include those that suggest solutions to social issues and those that introduce activities by up and coming and overseas designers. The exhibitions are renewed frequently, so you can enjoy a new experience every time you visit.

Scenes from Tokyo Midtown Design Hub 57th Exhibition: Packaging Tohoku Products – Deliciously Delightful 2015, Tokyo (March 9, 2016 - April 17, 2016)

1. Tokyo Midtown DESIGN HUB

2. THE COVER NIPPON

This is a shop run directly by Made in Japan Project, a company that acts and thinks for product-making in Japan 10 years into the future. It is full of products carefully selected from around Japan that embody the passion of the makers. The stylish shop displays not only expensive traditional crafts, but also miscellaneous and small items that can add flavor to your everyday life. Please visit to see the outstanding Japanese products that are constantly evolving while preserving Japanese cultural traditions. You should be able to find something wonderful to send to your special someone.



3. SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART

SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART collects everyday items that evoke a sense of beauty and run exhibits with creative themes under the concept of "beauty within everyday life." Its collection is varied and includes old Japanese art, such as paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles, as well as glassware from around the world. The collection totals approximately 3,000 items, including one national treasure, 15 important cultural properties, and 21 important artworks. The museum's interior, which is designed with wood and washi paper, is a comfortable light-filled space that evokes the warmth of nature. The cafe on site serves items from a shop in Kanazawa with a 150-year history, and is a perfect space to relax while savoring lingering emotions from the artwork.


Scenes from A Wonderland of Japanese Art (August 8, 2012 - September 2, 2012)

3. SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART

4. Midtown Garden

Despite being in the middle of a metropolis, Midtown Garden offers rich greenery and a place of rest and relaxation for those who visit. There are many ways of enjoying it, such as purchasing some food for a picnic on the lawn or walking around appreciating the seasonal flowers and art placed around the grounds.


The beautiful illuminations during the holiday season is very popular.


Bonus Entry: The National Art Center, Tokyo

This is a popular spot that 2.4 million people visit annually. It is a new type of museum that does not have its own collection. Its exhibition space is, at 14,000 square meters, one of the largest in Japan, and many exhibits by the public and organized by the museum are held there. SOUVENIR FROM TOKYO, the museum shop in the basement, is full of both original items and a variety of products chosen from a "Tokyo" point of view regardless of how well they are known, or genre. We urge you to stop by at this shop where you will find the latest in what is "Tokyo."

Bonus Entry: The National Art Center, Tokyo

With stylish shops and restaurants as well as verdant lawns and museums, Tokyo Midtown is full of appeal. Please visit if you get the chance.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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