Recently, the Toranomon area in Tokyo has been gaining a lot of attention. Perhaps this is due to the new skyscraper called “Toranomon Hills”, which is located right in the middle of the Toranomon area and can be seen from a far distance. What is it about this area that keeps people talking? Let’s take a closer look!
Toranomon Hills has opened in 2014. The 247-meter-high tower houses offices, a shopping mall and a lot of restaurants. (By the way, Tokyo Tower is 333m high)
Toranomon Hills has its own mascot called “Toranomon” which I adore. His design resembles the famous Japanese anime cat “Doraemon”, but in white and with black tiger stripes. (The newly created character “Toranomon” was allegedly born 100 years before Doraemon…well, that’s the story anyway)
From the ground floor to the 4th floor, you will find a large selection of shops and restaurants. My friends and I decided to have a coffee break at the coffee stand “Toranomon Koffee”.
Here, the coffee beans are stored in test tubes and the employees wear research equipment. The cafe looks like a research lab – really funny! There is an espresso machine, as well as equipment for drip-brewed coffee, which is currently extremely popular in Japan.
All were very satisfied because the coffee tasted wonderful!
“Tabisuru Shintora Market”
Shops can be found not only in Toranomon Hills. Right in front of the skyscraper on the other side of the road are several stylish container buildings with shops in it. This facility is called “Tabisuru Shintora Market”, which means “Travelling Shintora Market”.
Here, specialties from all over Japan are presented and sold. There is, for example, a stand where you can buy juice from citrus fruits from Imabari (Shikoku) or a stand with Hamburgers from Ube (Yamaguchi Prefecture). So you don’t have to travel far. You can discover local specialties here in Tokyo. By the way: such local specialties from Japan are definitely worth trying!
If you are looking for a souvenir or gift, please visit the store “TABISURU”, which is run by the famous ISETAN store (located in Shinjuku).
My friend Yena from Korea bought tea from cherry blossom leaves. Wow! There were also glasses in the shape of Mount Fuji, pretty chopsticks and elegant Japanese tableware, as well as different products with the well-known tartan check pattern of the ISETAN department store. All products were carefully selected by experts and of high quality. I liked best socks with the tartan check pattern.
Spaghetteria Hungry Tiger
In the Toranomon area, there is an old spaghetteria called “Hungry Tiger”. It is a 5-minute walk from Toranomon Hills to the restaurant.
The most famous dish of this restaurant is “Carbonara Daniel” – but I ordered spaghetti with tomato sauce. The noodles of all the pasta dishes were thick spaghetti and tasted very good.
The owner was a nice, older man who told us that he is often interviewed on television recently.
How did you like the Toranomon area? I believe that this area does not appear in most Tokyo guidebooks, as it is still too new. But this should not be a reason to forget about Toranomon!
If you want to experience the ever-changing Tokyo, Toranomon is a must-see!
Toranomon area information:
1-23 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TABISURU Shintora Market
2-16 Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Spaghetteria Hungry Tiger
1-11-12 Toranomon , Minato-ku, Tokyo
5 minutes on foot from Toranomon Station on the Ginza Line
6 minutes on foot from Kamiyacho station on Hibiya Line
8 minutes on foot from Kasumigaseki station on Hibiya, Marunouchi, Chiyoda line
Approximately 8 minutes on foot from Uchisaiwa-cho station on Mita Line
About 11 minutes on foot from Shimbashi Station on the Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line, Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line