A lot of new commercial facilities are opening, and many others are undergoing renovation to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. One of them is Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, a commercial center that has been attracting a lot of attention since its inauguration in 2018. Here's a guide about it!
1. What is Tokyo Midtown Hibiya?
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is a commercial facility with numerous restaurants and coffee shops, 60 unique stores, an outdoor garden, and the biggest movie theater in Tokyo. It's a sophisticated new spot that offers the promise of a luxurious time and various creative ways to amuse oneself, seducing many. Additionally, it is a walking distance away from many tourist locations, such as Ginza and Yurakucho, famous for their profusion of high-end brand shops, and Hibiya Park, an oasis in the middle of Tokyo – of which, by the way, you can enjoy a panoramic view from the complex's restaurants.
Opening hours: Shops 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Restaurants 11:00 am - 11:00 pm *Different stores might have different hours
Access: Directly connected to Hibiya Station, Yurakucho Station, and Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway.
2. What to Look Forward to
Hibiya Central Market (3F)
Hibiya Central Market is a place that will expand your worldview. It's designed to look like a museum or library, with stores surrounding several large bookshelves. The floor has a selection of specialty stores, including a shop specializing in vintage French glasses, a retro-looking barber shop, a museum-like select shop, and an izakaya (Japanese-style pub). Enjoy the atmosphere, but don’t just pass through. Every shop has such a refined lineup of products that it’d be a waste not to give them a try!
Park View Garden (6F)
With an area of nearly 1,000 sq.m., Park View Garden offers a panoramic view of the exuberant nature that covers the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park. The sense of freedom you feel here is incredible. Sit on one of the benches and relax a little while having your favorite take-out coffee, or enjoy a nice meal or afternoon tea at the terrace seats of DRAWING HOUSE OF HIBIYA, a restaurant located at the same space. When night falls and the daylight scenery changes completely, you can enjoy the metropolitan skyline of Tokyo from here. Some events are also held at this location.
ISETAN MiRROR Make & Cosmetics (1F)
Close to 40 cosmetic brands from Japan and abroad can all be found in this one place! In addition, the shop also has a section where you can freely sample and purchase more than 200 types of nail products and 400 types of lip items. The idea of being able to try and compare different cosmetics beyond brand borders is groundbreaking! Whether you are a meticulous buyer when it comes to your beauty products, or a casual one who just wants to buy a new lipstick, this cosmetic select shop is bound to satisfy you. It is even right next to a hair salon and store selling beauty gadgets!
3. Dine at HIBIYA FOOD HALL
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya has restaurants spread around its many floors. Among them, one of the most popular places to eat is the HIBIYA FOOD HALL, located in the underground passage which connects the complex to train stations. Regardless if you want to have a meal or just a few drinks – perhaps some wine – you’re sure to have a good time here. Here are just two of the eight very different and stylish restaurants waiting for you at HIBIYA FOOD HALL: Bar&Tapas Celona - a Spanish bar where you can enjoy good wine and whose colorful pinchos laid across the counter are sure to catch your eye - and Susan’s MEAT BALL, a restaurant where you will find more than four different types of homemade New York-style meatballs any time of the day. You can order straight from the restaurants and eat at the communal space, or even better, you can bring it with you and eat at the previously mentioned Park View Garden and Hibiya Park!
4. Making the Most of the Different Shops
If you’re looking for adult fashion, at ATRAS & STRADA EST you will find a selection of high-quality clothes and accessories largely from European brands, and at Sanyo Yamacho, top-notch Made in Japan gentlemen’s clothing and leather articles. For souvenirs, a couple of recommendations would be Suzukake, a traditional Japanese sweets shop with more than 90 years of history, and TODAY’S SPECIAL Hibiya, a store that handles products made in Tokyo by Tokyo people. Artsy stores such as Tempo Hibiya, an interior decoration boutique full of originality, and YELLOWKORNER, a shop specializing in artistic pictures, will certainly draw you inside. Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is full of unique and charming stores that will surely appeal to an adult clientele. It will present you with a shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else.
5. Come to the Movies
You can grab a movie at TOHO Cinemas Hibiya, the biggest movie multiplex in Tokyo, with 13 screens and around 2,800 seats. Just so that you can understand how big it is, the concept behind this movie theater was for it to become “THE MOVIE PALACE” of Tokyo. But don’t dismiss it as only being big: it employs the newest movie screening equipment and the best audio system available out there. Particularly at the Screen 1 Premium Theater, you will get to feel up close the spectacular impact conveyed by the gigantic screen and the specially designed acoustics, so far only seen in concert halls. On top of that, some of the seats are Premium Luxurious Seats (ticket price + 3,000 JPY), which are special reclining seats made of leather. What do you say? Are you ready for a first-rate movie experience at the movie palace?
6. Every Service at Your Disposal
In addition to free Wi-Fi (Midtown Free Wi-Fi), Tokyo Midtown Hibiya offers baggage storage (charged per item) and tax-free services (only available for products bought on the same day and from a valid shop, at the service counter on 3F). Don’t worry, because the tax-free service counter provides guidance in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Just don’t forget to bring your passport with you! Also, be sure to check floors 1 and 2 if you’re with small children. At the Information Counter on 1F, you can rent a stroller (only to be used inside the premises), and on 2F, you’ll find a resting room for infants, equipped with a nursing room and hot water for baby formula.
7. Check Out the Events!
Many events are held at different areas of the complex, such as the Park View Garden, the Atrium (entrance hall on 1F), and the Underground Arcade. However, the central space for events in Hibiya is Hibiya Step Plaza. Located outdoors, its design allows you to sit on the stairs and enjoy the show. Right after the facility's inauguration, this space held the Hibiya Festival, a gorgeous theater festival with a great variety of shows that you could view free of charge. During winter (2018/11/14 - 2019/2/14), an event titled "HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination" will bring bright colors to the whole area. What sort of events are waiting for you here this year? Come and check it out!
“Dancing Tower” is the concept behind Tokyo Midtown Hibiya’s curved exterior design. The reason is that, in the past, it was where the Rokumeikan - a famous Western-style palace where many parties and balls were held - stood. The underground arcade of the building makes use of art deco motifs that reminds people of older days, too. Hibiya has developed as a district and left behind many reminders of its time as the symbol of Japan's modernization, including the Imperial Hotel - Japan’s first Western-style hotel - which stands right beside Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. Though brand new, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya manages to make you feel the history of its location. You don’t want to miss the chance of visiting it!
*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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