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Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills

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Omotesando HillsIntroduction

Omotesando Hills is a large shopping and residential development, contains over 130 shops and 38 apartments. It is a landmark in Omotesando, and occupies much of one side of Omotesando, a trendy shopping area filled with high-end shops in the Shibuya and Minato Wards of Tokyo. Sometimes compared to Paris's Champs-Élysées, Omotesando is well known for its wealth of designer shops and boutiques. Omotesando Hills lives up to that reputation, and then some.

The building contains five floors of chic and cosmopolitan stores, nearly all of which fall into the fashion, jewelry, and beauty categories. Many of the major internationally-recognized brands are featured prominently. There are stores for women, men, and children. There are a number of restaurants and cafes spread throughout the building as well, and the 6th floor is exclusively food.

Architecture

The buildings are built to a maximum height of only six stories to keep in line with the nearby zelkova trees which line Omotesando-dori. Amazingly, the center goes a further six stories underground.

The building itself is also very interesting. Its architectural style is unique, with only one floor winding around and spiraling up into 6 levels. It gives the mall area a very unique feel, and makes it enjoyable moving from one floor to the next (of course, there are escalators and elevators as well). The building is also rather long and narrow, and built at creative angles. It's well worth walking through if you are in the area, even if you have no plans to buy anything. Its decorations are classy and elegant.

Development

Its development was marked with multiple bouts of controversy as the building replaced the Dojunkai Aoyama Apartments, originally built in 1927 after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. Protests and public outcry from those seeking to preserve the historical significance of those apartments was wide spread. Additionally, there was a good deal of concern from local landowners and citizens over the use of Tadao Ando as architect as his designs tend toward the flashy, fashionable aspects that would detract from historical sites nearby and only increase the amount of people flowing through.

 
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Travel Advice

Every Monday is Women’s Day. On this day, many shops provide women discounts, ticket for free drink, special meal, gift, etc., makes the day special for women.

 
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Visit

Address 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3497-0310 (Information Center)
Admission Free  
Hours From Monday to Saturday
11:00 to 21:00 Shops
11:00 to 23:30 Restaurants (entry till 22:30)
11:00 to 22:30 Cafe (entry till 21:30)

Sunday
11:00 to 20:00 Shops
11:00 to 22:30 Restaurants (entry till 21:30)
11:00 to 21:30 Cafe (entry till 20:30)
If Sunday falls on a public holiday, business hours are following Sunday the same as on Monday to Saturday.
Closed 2 days in the middle of February
Required Time 1 hour
Getting There By Train
2 minutes walk from Omote-sando Station on subway Ginza Line, subway Chiyoda Line or subway Hanzomon Line.
3 minutes walk from Meiji-jingumae Station on subway Chiyoda Line or subway Fuku-toshin Line.
7 minutes walk from Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line.
Parking Paid parking available
 
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