Ten New Commercial Facilities in Tokyo for Great Food and Shopping
New commercial facilities are opening one after another in Tokyo, and are quickly becoming popular destinations for great food and shopping. This article introduces 10 select facilities that have recently opened in Tokyo.
1. Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza
A hotel in Nagasaki recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first hotel to be staffed by robots has opened in Ginza. A female robot fluent in both English and Chinese checks you in at the reception desk. You'll be surprised by how amazingly lifelike her blinks, mouth movements, and expressions are. There are also human staff to help you out. The hotel uses state-of-the-art equipment and robots to improve efficiency and services. This is how they can offer affordable prices in a premium location within walking distance of Ginza.
2. MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless
This is an experiential digital art museum in Odaiba where you can experience a world with no borders between the artwork and the audience. There are five worldviews represented in a vast 10,000 sq.m. space in which the artwork changes when a person enters, so you can feel a sense of connection with strangers inhabiting the same space. This is a wonderful museum where you become a part of the artwork. Most people stay at the museum for around two and three hours. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance. There is also teamLab Planets Tokyo in Toyosu.
3. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
This is a multipurpose complex in the center of Tokyo with offices, shops, and a movie theater. It has 60 shops selling a variety of products targeted at a discerning clientele, ranging from clothing and cosmetics to outdoor goods, miscellaneous items, and food. There are also restaurants and cafes on each floor. Not to be missed is HIBIYA CENTRAL MARKET on the third floor. With a variety of stores specializing in different items, it is a space that feels almost like a small town. HIBIYA FOOD HALL in the basement floor, where you can enjoy a variety of great, trendy foods at a stores like a Spanish bar and bakery, is also well worth visiting.
4. SHIBUYA STREAM
SHIBUYA STREAM consists primarily of cafes and restaurants, and is directly connected to Shibuya Station. It is in the southern part of Shibuya, opposite of Shibuya Center-gai. The building has a distinctive, futuristic design that fuses together panels and windows, and also paints elements that show the movement of people, such as escalators, in yellow. The upper floors consist of a hotel and offices. On the first floor, there is an open-air cafe by the river and on the second and third floors, there are a total of 30 great restaurants, ranging from a Japanese restaurant and sushi place to a Spanish bar, Italian and French restaurants, and izakaya (Japanese pubs).
5. Ginza Sony Park
This multi-story park consists of a flat area aboveground and atrium within its four underground floors. It is open for a limited period until the fall of 2020 under the concept of an "ever-changing park". Despite being in a prime location in Ginza, it offers many areas where one can play for free. Programs full of surprises and fun are introduced every month or two, such as games that can be played on screens projected onto desks. There are also shops, including a convenience store selling interesting items, a Michelin-rated dim sum stand, and a deli.
6. Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.
This is a new city-style shopping center established by a department store with a history of over 180 years. It was a much anticipated spot for which 1,000 people lined up on the opening day. There is a wide selection of more than 100 shops in a total of four buildings, including the Main Building and Annex, such as Takashimaya Watch Maison - a store specializing in clocks and watches - and Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, which is popular around the world. Salon Nihombashi Branch, where you can experience a Japanese tea ceremony, is highly recommended for those interested in Japanese culture. There is a cafe where you can enjoy a full tea ceremony course, Chaji, for 3,000 JPY.
7. Nijubashi SQUARE
Nijubashi SQUARE is not the name of a building, but rather of a retail and dining area within Marunouchi Nijubashi Building. It is located near one of Japan's key business districts, where many major banks and companies are headquartered. It is limited in scope with just 17 restaurants and nine shops, but all are exceptional operations that support the theme of a "space for someone who appreciates genuine quality". Once you've enjoyed this space, go outside and take a stroll on Marunouchi Naka-dori while doing some window shopping.
8. Tokyo Kaikan Main Building
This popular gathering place that opened in 1922 underwent a makeover during renovations of Marunouchi Nijubashi Building (mentioned above), and reopened on the lower floors of the building in January 2019. It has various establishments, such as a restaurant that is innovative while retaining the traditions handed down from the founder and second-generation owner, and a pastry shop with a luxurious selection of sweets. It is designed under the concept of "new classic", and is decorated with antiques such as a chandelier that has been at Tokyo Kaikan for 100 years and a grandfather clock. This is a place to enjoy sophisticated food and services that have been appreciated for many years.
9. Toyosu Market
This is the new location of Tsukiji Market. It is a wholesale market for professionals, but the general public can also eat and shop here (there are areas that are closed to the public). It is divided into three buildings: wholesale seafood, administration, and produce. The wholesale seafood building with a deck for watching the tuna auctions has the most restaurants. There is an area for visitors to take photographs with a turret truck and model of a tuna. The restaurants are open from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, but some close shortly after midday. The market is closed some days, so be sure to check before going.
10. HULIC SQUARE TOKYO
This is a building with a hotel on the upper floors and five shops and restaurants between the basement floor and third floor. The shops all cater to people with particular tastes, such as SIMMONS GALLERY TOKYO that helps you get the highest quality sleep and where you can get a customized pillow made, and ONLY PREMIO TOKYO Yurakucho Branch, offering suits that range from affordable ones to made-to-order pieces. The recommended restaurant here is KIKKOMAN LIVE KITCHEN TOKYO, where you can enjoy cooking demonstrations and talks by famous chefs from around the world.
All these new commercial destinations are in places situated in the center of Tokyo, such as Ginza, Hibiya, Shibuya, and Toyosu. This makes them easy to get to, so visit them and enjoy both fantastic food and shopping!
*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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