Tokyo Midtown

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Lonely Planet review

Like Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown is a composite urban district of ultramodern buildings surrounding a historic Japanese garden. Following the same design and urban planning lines that made Roppongi Hills so successful, the Tokyo Midtown complex brims with sophisticated bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries, a hotel and leafy public spaces. Escalators ascend alongside man-made waterfalls of rock and glass, bridges in the air are lined with back-lit washi (Japanese handmade paper), and planters full of soaring bamboo draw your eyes through skylights to the lofty heights of the towers above. Separate from the myriad opportunities for parting with serious cash is Hinokichō-kōen . Formerly a private garden attached to an Edo Period villa, Hinokichō was reopened as a public park for the benefit of visitors to Tokyo Midtown. Adjacent to the park, Midtown Garden is a cherry tree-lined grassy space that makes a perfect spot for a picnic. In the middle of Midtown Garden is sort of a geometric clamshell of a building, 21_21 Design Sight , constructed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Andō Tadao, curated by fashion designer Issey Miyake and featuring temporary exhibits of cutting-edge art and design. Tokyo Midtown is also home to the Suntory Museum of Art , as well as the glamorous Ritz-Carlton Tokyo .