A First Look at Azabudai Hills (New Home of Teamlab Borderless)

Azabudai Hills is the latest in the Hills complex series, which includes Roppongi, Toranomon, Omotesando and Ark. Opened on Nov. 24, 2023, its Mori JP Tower has taken the crown as Japan’s tallest skyscraper standing 64-stories tall. The complex has also been highly anticipated as the new venue of Teamlab Borderless, which is set to reopen in February 2024. But until then, here some things to check out.

Prelude: Buildings that are part of Azabudai Hills

Christmas market in the Azabudai Hill plaza
  • JP Mori Tower – high-end serviced apartments under Aman Residences Tokyo and the Hills House Azabudai co-working space. The first five floors or so are known as Tower Plaza and open to the public. It includes the Keio University Center for Preventative Medicine, and an exhibition of diplomatic archives belonging to Japan’s Foreign Ministry.
  • Residence towers A and B – luxury residences, a hotel, and more offices.
  • Garden Plazas A, B, C, D – The Garden Plaza A, B and D contains shops and restaurants, and the Azabudai Hills Gallery. Garden Plaza C, which has more shops and the Azabudai Hills Market, is also where Teamlab Borderless will be housed.
  • Piazza – an open greenery space which features the complex’s landmark monument The Cloud.

Cool thing #1: Christmas Market

Christmas market in the Azabudai Hill plaza

Since we are in the yuletide season, it may be worth checking out the Christmas Market running until Dec. 25. Complete with a Christmas tree, the market also features a selection of festive food stalls and high-end decorations.

Cool thing #2: The Cloud

The Cloud at Azabudai Hills

The Azabudai Hills Arena, integrated with a monument known as The Cloud is the most distinctive element of the plaza. The area also features a lot of greenery, including an 200 sq metre orchard with fruit trees. The British School in Tokyo is adjacent.

Cool thing #3: Diplomatic archives of Japan’s Foreign Ministry

This place was still under construction when I went in early-December, so will update this section later.

Cool thing #4: Azabudai Hills Gallery

The inaugural exhibit “Olafur Eliasson: A Harmonious Cycle of Interconnected Nows,” held in association with the embassies of Iceland and Denmark, will run until March 31, 2024. Tickets cost 1,800 yen per adult. A satellite space located nearby the gallery serves as a venue for a cafe and pop-up stores.

If you would rather not have to pay to look at art, you can nosey over to the Shueisha Manga Art Heritage gallery in Garden Plaza A. Here, you can check out pieces from popular works by the publisher, such as One Piece and Bleach.

Shueisha Manga Art Heritage Tokyo Gallery

Cool thing #5: Futuristic aesthetic

Last but not least, you can wander around and admire the clean, futuristic aesthetic of many stores and restaurants in the complex. The place is like a living work of art; I felt like I was in a cyberpunk world at times.

Getting to Azabudai Hills

Azabudai Hills is connected to Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, or a 4-minute walk from Roppongi-Itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line. It can also be accessed via Roppongi or Azabujuban Stations in around 10 minutes.

Azabudai Hills clearly caters to the upper echelons of society, or those who have the taste and money for high-end goods. The average Tokyoite, however, will likely just be satisfied with admiring the architecture or making a beeline for Teamlab Borderless.

For a look into another multipurpose complex in Tokyo that opened this year, check out Tokyo Midtown Yaesu.

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