Sunday, December 04, 2005

Japan: Tokyo 14 - Roppongi Hills

First night we went to Roppongi Hills - one word: AWESOME! It is a brand new complex. Quote from the Floor Guide - "Art and Intelligent Blending with the Urban Landscape. One large city offering a range of entertainment from art museums, movie theaters, shopping and gourmet dining. The movie theater doesn't even close til 5 a.m. on weekends. The website is:

It has American stores like Banana Republic (more expensive than at home!), Diesel, Max Mara, and other recognizable ones like Zara, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Mikimoto, Kate Spade and more. Obviously I love shopping. And it includes a Grand Hyatt. There is an observatory in Mori Tower and the 360 degree Tokyo view is absolutely breathtaking at night. It is open til midnight. You fully appreciate how large the city is. Stretches for further than the eye can see. You can also see the Eiffel Tower look alike close by.

The complex includes:
-North Tower - Casual Gourmet Dining area (where we had tapas)
-Metro Hat/Hollywood Plaza - 5 floors of Collaboration in beauty, diet and health
-West Walk - 6 floors of Trend galleria with open ceiling
-Hillside - Art & lifestyle space including entertainment
-Roppongi Keyaki - Tree lined streets w/name brands. shops, chic cafes

Current movies playing were Mr. and Mrs. Smith, In Her Shoes, Meet the Fockers, and others that I've already seen weeks ago back home. Movie tix are between $18-$20 in Japan. Current museum exhibit was "Vivienne Westwood, 35 years of Fashion" (I'm bummed I didn't have time to check it out).