Tokyo Buildings

Tokyo's dramatic, ever-changing cityscape is one of the world's most famous. Tokyo boasts more high-rise buildings than just about any other city in Asia - possibly even the world. A recent trend has seen numerous super-high-rise residential towers erected, and this looks set to increase as land becomes ever more scarce and engineering ever more advanced. Tokyo is also host to numerous projects from some of Japan's, and the worlds, most well known architects.

Asahi Beer Tower

Asahi Beer Tower, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

Since completion in 1989, the Asahi Beer Tower and the Asahi Super Dry Beer Hall have become some of the most distinctive landmarks in the Asakusa area. With its amber-colored glass windows and top frieze of white external walls, the 22-story Asahi Beer Tower captures the essence of a gigantic mug of foamy beer. The adjoining Asahi Super Dry Beer Hall (representing a torch with a golden flame on top) was designed by the noted French designer Philippe Starck and the “Flaming Ornament” on the roof is a symbol of Asahi Breweries’ dynamic heart.

Address: 1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3-5608-5111
Website: http://www.asahibeer.co.jp

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

This mega-complex built by building tycoon Minoru Mori, boasts an array of apartments, shops, restaurants, cafés, movie theatres and even incorporates a hotel, a major TV studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, and a few parks. The centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills complex is the 54-story eponymous Mori Tower. On the 52nd floor of Mori Tower there is an indoor observation deck called Tokyo City View offering a 360º view of the Tokyo from 250 meters above sea level. See Tokyo Areas - Roppongi for more information about Tokyo City View.

Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Exit 1C) and Toei Subway Oedo Line (Exit 3)
Telephone: +81 3-6406-6000
Website: http://www.roppongihills.com

Shinjuku Park Tower

Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

The Shinjuku Park Tower is a high-tech complex located close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. The complex is comprised of three interconnected towers, with the tallest one being 235 m. Floors 1 to 8 are occupied by retail stores and floors 9 to 37 are office floors. Park Hyatt (venue for the film "Lost in Translation") occupies the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower. Rates here are as dizzying as the height, but admiring the views with a drink in hand at the sophisticated New York Bar on the 52nd floor, is the ultimate Tokyo experience.

Address: 3-7-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Hatsudai Station on Keio New Line
Telephone: +81 3-5322-6640
Website: http://www.shinjukuparktower.com

Shinjuku Skyscraper District

Shinjuku Skyscraper District, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

Nishi Shinjuku, the area west of Shinjuku Station is sometimes called Shinjuku Skyscraper District, for obvious reasons. One of the most eye-catching is Tokyo's city hall building, the "Tocho", daily home to 13,000 bureaucrats. Other notable buildings are the tapered and honeycombed Mode Gakuen building, the 54-storey Tokyo Opera City with its hi-tech NTT Intercommunication Center which features futuristic exhibitions and events.

Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station (West Exit)

Sunshine City Complex and Sunshine 60

Sunshine City Complex and Sunshine 60, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

Sunshine City Complex, a city within the city, was the first of its kind when it was opened in 1978. The 240 meter tall Sunshine 60 skyscraper at the center of the complex was Tokyo's tallest building at the time of its construction. The Sunshine City Complex in Ikebukuro also features a hotel, a planetarium, a museum, a theme park, a shopping mall and a convention center with exhibition facilities.

Address: 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3989-3331
Website: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00 to 20:00, Restaurants 11:00 to 22:00

Tokyo International Forum

Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

The building is an attraction in itself, featuring swooping curves of steel truss and glass, with the outside shaped like an elongated boat. With its eleven floors above ground and three below, Tokyo International Forum is a venue for concerts, exhibitions, conventions and other events. Do not miss the many cheap underground restaurants. An event calendar can be found on the official website (see link below).

Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Yurakucho Station
Website: http://www.t-i-forum.co.jp

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

Tokyo Midtown, Mitsui's answer to Mori's Roppongi Hills, comprises six buildings featuring an extensive range of facilities such as stores, restaurants, art galleries, offices, hotels and museums, as well as vibrant cultural centers and expanses of greenery. This upscale multi-use complex that opened in 2007 also boasts the 248 m tall Midtown Tower, Japan's tallest skyscraper.

Address: 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station on Toei Subway Oedo Line (Exit 8) and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Exit 4A)
Telephone: +81 3-3475-3100
Website: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com

Tokyo Tocho (Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office)

Tokyo Tocho, Tokyo Buildings, Japan

Tokyo Tocho, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office, is one of the most impressive buildings in Shinjuku. The 243 meter tall twin towers and surrounding buildings contain the offices and the assembly hall of the metropolitan government of Tokyo. There are two observatories, one in each tower at 45 floors up, commanding a bird's-eye view of the whole of Tokyo from the height of 202 meters above the ground. Entrance is free and the panoramic view is fantastic. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Fuji and Yokohama!

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Tochomae Station on Toei Oedi Line
Telephone: +81 3-5320-7890
Website: http://www.metro.tokyo.jp
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 23:00 daily (south observatory until 17:30)
Admission: Free