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Updated: October 29, 2020

The Roppongi area is home to landmark buildings surrounded by a collection of artistic architecture.

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©The National Art Center, Tokyo


The National Art Center, Tokyo

Designed by Kisho Kurokawa, this facility, which opened in 2007, features a striking wavy facade. In addition to hosting exhibitions in one of the largest display spaces in Japan, it also serves as an arts center that hosts educational programs. Visitors are recommended to spend some time at the restaurant on the 3rd floor or at the cafes on the 1st and 2nd floors, which are designed to let in lots of natural sunlight.

徒歩5 mins

Photo: Masaya Yoshimura



With a unique shape featuring a roof made of giant steel plates that fold over and slope down to the ground, this building is an embodiment of architect Tadao Ando's wish to show the world the new possibilities of design.

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Tokyo Midtown

Various spots in Tokyo Midtown showcase dozens of permanent art displays.

徒歩10 mins


Roppongi Hills

When the Roppongi Hills complex opened in 2003, it was billed as Japan's largest ever urban redevelopment project. At its center is the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which has shops, restaurants, an art museum, and a cinema. The name references the Mori Building Company, one of Japan's most prominent real estate developers. Mori Tower was designed by the American architecture firm KPF, and features motifs of origami and traditional Japanese armor.

徒歩14 mins


Izumi Garden Tower

This skyscraper adorned in turquoise glass was completed in 2002, and includes a hotel, shops, restaurants, and office space. It stands 201 meters tall, with 45 aboveground floors and two below. Izumi Garden Tower is connected to Izumi Garden Residence, a luxury high-rise apartment complex. The two buildings form part of the larger Izumi Garden area, designed by Nikken Sekkei and developed by Sumitomo Realty & Development. Izumi Garden also includes a newer skyscraper called Roppongi Grand Tower.

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