Tokyo Midtown Hibiya 東京ミッドタウン日比谷
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is a shopping center just across from Hibiya Park, which opened on March 29 2018. Hibiya Park is the big green feature on the south-east corner of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, just across from the moat.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is by the same developer as Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, that is, the Mitsui Fudosan real estate development company. Tokyo Midtown Roppongi is about three kilometers south-west of Hibiya.
Hibiya Park lies between the shopping areas of Yurakucho and Shinbashi to the east, and the government bureaucracy area of Kasumigaseki to the west. (The Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Tokyo Family Court and the Tokyo High Court is just west of the park.) So Tokyo Midtown Hibiya has brought commercial activity to the eastern border of Hibiya Park.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya Opening
I went to Tokyo Midtown Hibiya today, April 1, the day after the complex opened. As expected, curious Tokyoites thronged the property, keen to see Tokyo’s latest shopping offering.
Tokyo Midtown Hibiya is six above-ground floors and one underground floor of stores (including fashion and home decoration), cafes, food shops, drug stores, and restaurants. Also, the Park View Garden is on the 6th floor.
The 4th and 5th floors of the building are home to massive multi-screen cinemas run by the Toho Cinemas chain. The cinemas here offer the Imax movie experience. Toho Cinemas launched the nearby Takarazuka Revue theater here in 1934, so it is fitting that Tokyo’s most up-to-date – and one of its biggest – cinemas should open here in 2018.
A space called Base-Q, that is part of the complex, is due to open in May. Although not yet open as of writing, Base-Q is a media- and event-friendly space. Apparently, businesses will able to use for promotions, exhibitions, conferences, and the like.
The sister Midtown in Roppongi has something of a cutting edge feel, and caters to what is generally a younger crowd. This is what you would expect in a district best known for its nightlife. However, the area south-east of the Imperial Palace is best known as a hang-out for the rich. And in Japan, this is a class of people that the elder dominate. Therefore, the Hibiya Midtown shares little of Roppongi Midtown’s modern sensibilities. The Hibiya incarnation draws on a medley of retro, “classical” inspirations in its interior decoration, from European to Chinese. It also features shades of brown, beige and gold all over – clearly oriented to the older shopper.
Tokyo Takarazuka Theater and the Imperial Hotel are neighbors, on the southern side. And across the road, in the Ginza direction, is the little statue of Godzilla that is claimed to be a Tokyo landmark.
The building is accessible to those with disabilities. Therefore, among other people-friendly features, it has wheelchair rental on the 1st floor information center.
Getting There and Hours
There is a direct link from Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Toei Subway Mita Line.
There is parking for about 200 cars, and the parking building is open from 6am to 1am the next day.
The stores in Tokyo Midtown Hibiya are open between 11am and 9pm, and the restaurants between 11am and 11pm.
1-1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo