It’s 2022, the Tokyo Olympics are behind us, there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and successful global entrepreneurs are focusing on Japanese properties.
In Tokyo, Roppongi, Aoyama and Akasaka used to be the go-to spots for high rollers and expats. With another new project underway and scheduled to open in 2023, the Toranomon Azabudai area is without doubt the focus of attention and set to become the sizzling hub in Tokyo. So if you are searching for serviced apartments, you won't go wrong with the new Toranomon Hills Residential Tower.
Since the tower was completed in January, I have heard many positive things about it and as I was guided through the residence inside and out, I could see why. It’s the pinnacle of quality of all residences managed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. They are always the center of recognition for excellence in the real estate industry, building people’s lifestyle, with offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, cinemas, hotels and art museums. Mori is the pioneer of cool living status, building a city within a city.
This urban redeveloper for Roppongi Hills, Omotesando Hills and Toranomon Hills has gathered the best designers from the world for this latest project, destined to become Tokyo’s hottest spot. Materials for each art work, walls, ceilings and furniture create a holistic design. Art works in the communal space include pieces by Mika Tajima, Sopheap Pich and Sam Falls. A piece by French painter Bernard Frize “Menge” sits in the hallway which you pass through to get to your apartment. It’s like living in a museum that is part of a home.
The ground floor is filled with welcoming energy, from the spacious valet to the smiling concierge, and the lively restaurant exclusive for the residents. Most tables and chairs are original items by New York-based design house tonychi studio, the team behind the breathtaking design of the residence interior, as you can see from the extreme contrasts, such as leather and wood, or lacquer and glass, materials an amateur would never combine. Yet, somehow it syncs and creates a homey vibe. Next to the restaurant area is a library lounge shelved with hundreds of books selected by Shibuya Publishing & Book Sellers where anyone can immerse themselves in reading.
The communal lounge space on the 41st floor, or “Guest House Living” as they call it, has vistas of Tokyo in every direction. I can imagine how an artist can heighten their best creativeness in such an atmosphere. “It’s meant to feel like the extension of your residence,” says William Paley, creative director of tonychi studio. “People no longer build relationships with their home. Here we honor the past and reveal the future.”
Apartments and homes in Japan's big cities are built small. The foremost idea for this dwelling is having the luxury to invite relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbors into one’s home, something that urban residents rarely do. These residences allow occupants to have a traditional chanoma, a gathering center at home.
“It’s a symphony. It’s a lot of instruments – it’s people coming together making one symphony. It’s like life itself!” says Tony Chi, the founder of tonychi studio, who also designed the Andaz Hotel in Toranomon Hills Mori Tower.
Looking from above, the green belt stretches into the Atago-yama and Atago Green Hills. “The integration of green spaces on multiple levels of the development also helps to reduce air pollutants, the heat island effect and enhances the microclimate,” says German architect Christoph Ingenhoven who designed the exterior of the tower.
A bridge connects to Toranomon Hills Business Tower where you'll find “Toranomon Yokocho,” an array of pubs and restaurants from around the world, which serves as a new hangout for businesspeople and visitors to recharge. Toranomon Hills Station on the Hibiya subway line is directly connected to the Toranomon Hills Station Tower and Ginza line’s Toranomon Station by an underground passage.
The 160 serviced apartments are equipped with ample furniture, kitchen equipment, home appliances, tableware, Wi-Fi, emergency kits, utilities and more. Needs for daily life are catered for in perfection.
There’s a study space by the window next to the kitchen area, to retreat from the living room. While Japanese homes are known to have low ceilings, you don’t need to worry about bumping your head here with a ceiling more than 2.5 meters high. The newest electric gadgets and house cleaning twice a week are just right for stress-free living.
Membership in Toranomon Hills Spa and breakfast are complimentary. The fitness gym is equipped with the latest Technogym machines. Hills Spa’s first 25-meter pool and a jacuzzi will refresh your body and soul. An esthetic salon is available to maintain one's health and beauty.
Doctors and bilingual nurses from the nearby Jikei University Hospital are on standby at the Health Consultation Room on the 2nd floor (which is scheduled to open this autumn). Porter, doorman and valet service are available at all times. Just like a hotel, there is a bilingual concierge and the residents have the benefit of room services. As for access, if you’re coming from Narita or Haneda airports, simply take the limousine bus straight to Andaz Hotel, adjacent to the residential tower (approximately 95 minutes from Narita and 30 minutes from Haneda).
Borders have finally reopened, so come to Tokyo and check out the latest best bet for serviced apartments with just one suitcase in your hand. You’ll be well taken care of, if you are here for the first time, whether you’re looking for place to live or start a new business. You will get to see first hand how Mori can help foreign entrepreneurs.
Monthly rent for a studio is from ¥470,000; one bedroom is from ¥700,000 and two bedrooms are from ¥1,320,000. The address Atago 1-1-1 is also a plus, for it’s very difficult to forget. So are the strikingly alluring images of the entire tower.
Toranomon Hills Residential Tower
Location: 1-1-1 Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 0120-52-2481 (From outside of Japan +81-3-6406-6654)
2 minutes walk from Toranomon Hills Station (Hibiya subway line)
6 minutes walk from Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya subway line)
6 minutes walk from Toranomon Station (Ginza subway line)
9 minutes Walk from Onarimon Station (Mita subway line)
Visit the Mori Living official website.