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Results are in for the Recruit Sumai Survey

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The latest Recruit Sumai survey on favorite neighborhoods to live in the Kanto region has been published. The top five neighborhoods in the ranking are: Kichijoji, Ebisu, Yokohama, Meguro and Shinagawa. Last year, the top winner of this questionnaire was Ebisu, which toppled Kichijoji, a long-standing top contender from previous years. Other places in the top ten include Nakameguro, Shibuya and Tokyo station area. The popularity of the JR Yamanote train line is noticeable within the results.

The ranking, which takes place annually, is based on a survey conducted over the Internet for several days in January, and respondents pick their top three choices of where they would most like to live according to train stations. For the 2017 survey, a total of 3,996 people living in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures between the ages of 20-49 submitted their responses.

It seems Kichijoji is mainly blessed by attributes such as shopping streets, department stores and Inokashira Park. For results of the survey, follow this link for the pdf file (in Japanese): http://www.recruit-sumai.co.jp/press/upload/sumitaimachi_2017_kanto.pdf. Visit Higherground (http://higherground-rent.com/) for apartment listings in Ebisu, Meguro, Nakameguro, Shibuya, and Shinagawa.

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New in Tokyo: The Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho

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A new large scale property development in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, the Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, has recently been unveiled. Located in the former site of the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, the development houses a new luxury hotel, an upscale residence, business offices, and four floors of retail space.

kioichodevelopmentThe site is situated in the Kioicho and Nagatacho districts, which are areas revered for its long history, lush greenery, close proximity to the Tokyo government administrative area, as well as a famous landmark, the Imperial Palace. Right next to the main building, which is a 36-storey commercial building, is a shorter, 23-storey luxury residence. The residence, which houses 135 units ranging from 55.65m²~227.40m² (one to four-bedroom layouts), offer a variety of shared facilities. This includes two party rooms, resident lounge, a fitness center and conference facilities set in a high-end and sophisticated living environment.

Part of this development is the Classic House at Akasaka Prince, a western-style classical building which served as the former residence of Yi Un. Also known as the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka Old Building, the developer has restored the main portions of the building, such as lighting fixtures and outer walls to their original condition. This building is especially  ideal for wedding events with its charming restoration and unique appeal.kioichodevelopment3

Inline with other major multi-complex property developments in Tokyo, this development features a generous green environment open to the public. This is achieved by connecting the property development’s own green space with the existing greenery of Shimizudani Park, Benkei moat, the eastern end of the Imperial palace, and the State Guesthouse in the west, which provides a fluid movement of nature and green surrounding the property despite its central location.

Part of the main building includes a five-star hotel, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, managed by  Starwood Hotel & Resorts’ Luxury Collection section. The hotel occupies the 30th to 36th floors, and the hotel lobby showcases sweeping cityscape views with its floor-to-ceiling glass. With 250 guest rooms, the hotel features an assortment of eateries including a Japanese  restaurant that will allow guests to enjoy the appeal of Japanese culture, an all-day dining Italian restaurant, and two bars with distinct styles, as well as a lounge, spa, and fitness area.

Click here for weblink: Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho

Address: 1-2, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access: direct access from Nagatacho station (Exit 9A) or 1-min walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke station (Exit D)

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Shibuya Station area undergoing once in a century makeover

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The Shibuyagawa river flows behind the wall to the left in the area above the ceiling of a new east exit underground plaza under construction at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station. (Kenji Tsuji)

We share a recent article from the Asahi Shimbun about the current massive development in Shibuya. Written by Kenji Tsuji, Asahi Shimbun Staff Writer, the article describes the scale of the construction of the underground plaza.

An excerpt: The area around Shibuya Station, one of the busiest rail hubs in Japan, is undergoing a major makeover on a scale that occurs only once in 100 years, according to the railway operator. The new east exit underground plaza will measure about 1,600 square meters. It will be located beneath the Shibuyagawa river, which flows one level underground. The course of the river was redirected last summer as part of the project. Below the plaza and 25 meters below ground level, a huge water tank is also being installed. The tank measures 22 meters by 45 meters and is 7 meters deep, a capacity that can hold up to 4,000 tons of rainwater, equivalent to the volume of eight 25-meter-long swimming pools. Because Shibuya Station is surrounded by hills, the water tank is designed to help prevent flooding of the station and neighboring areas during rainstorms. Click here for complete article: Shibuya Station area undergoing once in a century makeover

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News around town: Tokyo’s Toranomon poised to become trendy area

Today, we share an interesting article published in the English section of the Japan News by Yomiuri Shimbun.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

Shintora-dori avenue, which connects the Tokyo districts of Shinbashi and Toranomon, is set to be transformed into a fashionable area lined with open-air cafes in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The Tokyo metropolitan government is expected to complete the first stage of the work, reconstructing the sidewalk, by the end of this month. The Toranomon Hills high-rise complex nearby opened two years ago, but development of the area between Shinbashi and Toranomon had been neglected. Long-established stores and other local businesses have high hopes about the area’s redevelopment.

Shingo Tsuji, the president of Mori Building Co., which manages Toranomon Hills, announced at a press conference on April 13 that the company would build three more high rises in the area. “Our aim is to make this one of the most important business hubs in the world, as well as a gateway to Tokyo,” he told reporters.

Click here for the article: English version of Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan News

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The Recent Unveiling of Atre’s West Building in Ebisu

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Oh My, from the recent launch of snazzy new Tokyu Plaza in Ginza and Lumine’s NEWoMan Complex in the new south exit of Shinjuku station (right by the Takashimaya Times Square) to the recent unveiling of a new shopping annex in Ebisu, Tokyo is brimming with new commercial outlets.

ebisuatrewesthallThe latest unveiling of Atre’s West Building in Ebisu station adds a plethora of modern shops, chic eateries and lounge space to the area. This new building is connected by a pedestrian bridge with the original Atre main building, and features nine floors of retail space, including the basement with a The Garden supermarket. The top floor features a pleasant outdoor public seating space set in a charming garden scene.

With a total floor space of 9,700 sq. meters, the building showcases over two dozen commercial outlets.

A popular addition to Ebisu via this new complex is the Shake Shack hamburger eatery, which has drawn long lines waiting to taste its New York-style burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and desserts.ebisuatrewesthall2

Much like the original Atre in Ebisu, the lineup will draw mainly women consumers with its healthy, salad-type eateries and crepe cafe, and fashion and beauty shops such as Cosme Kitchen. The Muji which used to be in the main building has expanded to occupy two floors and now includes a kids clothing section. ebisuatrewesthall4

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Mori’s Toranomon Future

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In a recent official press release, Mori Building unveils three redevelopment projects leading up to 2020 and beyond.

Tokyo, April 13, 2016 - Mori Building, a leading urban landscape developer, today announced an extensive slate of large-scale redevelopment projects involving the construction of three towers around the existing Toranomon Hills . The plans will transform the area into a more vibrant, globally accessible business hub that will entice individuals and enterprises from around the world to live, work and play in Toranomon.

Over the coming years, Mori Building will develop three new mixed-use towers tentatively called Toranomon Hills Business Tower, Toranomon Hills Residential Tower and Toranomon Hills Station Tower around the existing Toranomon Hills, which was opened in June 2014.

residentialtower1Upon completion, the total area of the Toranomon Hills complex will reach about 7.5 ha, including the four Toranomon Hills towers, new transport stations, roads and green space. There will be about 800,000m2 of total floor space, approximately equivalent to that of Roppongi Hills, including about 300,000m2 of office space and 26,000m2 of retail space. The site will also house a new subway station on the Hibiya Line and a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station that will connect central Tokyo and the bay area.

Mori’s redevelopment projects in Toranomon have already brought tangible results to the area, an impact which is expected to accelerate with these new projects. Since the inauguration of existing Toranomon Hills, land prices have jumped by about 34.4 percent and the number of people using Toranomon Station has increased by 7 percent. At Toranomon Hills complex alone, the large-scale office space to be created in this development is expected to triple the number of people working in the complex to 30,000. Meanwhile, projects by Mori and other developers in the larger Toranomon area are forecast to add more new office space over the next 10 years than was added over the last 30 years.

The number of residents in the area is also expected to increase as Toranomon Residential Tower adds about 600 residential units. The project also includes the cultivation of extensive green spaces, more than doubling the current area of 6,000m2 to 15,000m2. This will form a network of greenery that connects Toranomon Hills to the adjacent Mt. Atago slope and the Atago Green Hills complex, creating a refreshing and an eco-friendly nature island.stationtower11

“The city and its people need to constantly evolve in order to bolster the city’s power to attract creative individuals and enterprises from around the world”, said Shingo Tsuji, CEO of Mori Building. “We believe that Toranomon Hills complex will continue to catalyze economic, cultural and environmental changes, establishing the area as a hub for international business that will enliven and strengthen Tokyo as a whole.”

Mori envisions this project as multiple structures forming a conceptually harmonious complex that is smoothly integrated with all transportation options, reshaping Toranomon into a gateway to Tokyo and hub for international business.

“We believe that people have the power to change the city. Based on our unique urban design concept of Vertical Garden Cities, which makes intelligent use of ultra-high-rise structures and underground space to enhance infrastructure efficiency and integrate diverse urban functions, we seek to reshape Toranomon Hills into not only a place for business but also as a community that connects and nurtures diverse people gathered here,” said Shingo Tsuji.

Toranomon Hills Business Tower will generate some 94,000m2 of office space by 2019. The 36-floor tower will house the Innovation Center, offering office space, salons and seminar venues for venture capitalists and top companies’ new business development divisions. To bring world-class sophistication to the design, Mori has tapped German architect Christoph Ingenhoven to direct the tower’s external design and leading Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama to undertake the interior design of retail facilities.

residentialtower11The tower will house the new BRT station connecting central Tokyo, the bay area and various venues for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a new Airport Limousine bus terminal that will connect Toranomon to Tokyo’s international airports. BRT will be able to carry some 3,000 people per hour and is expected to serve as an important mode of transportation during the Games, carrying international athletes and audiences alike.

Toranomon Hills Residential Tower will supply 600 premium residential units by 2019, bringing the total number in the Toranomon Hills complex to about 800. Responding to the needs of long-term foreign visitors, the 56-floor tower will offer large-scale residential units and serviced apartments with Western-style en-suite bathrooms, a spa and fitness center, childcare facilities and a 24-hour bilingual concierge on site. The interior will be designed by Tony Chi, the NY-based designer responsible for the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Andaz Tokyo. Christoph Ingenhoven will design the exterior of this tower as well to ensure a harmonious balance with the adjacent Toranomon Hills Business Tower and the existing Toranomon Hills.

Toranomon Hills Station Tower will be a unique redevelopment collaboration combining a multi-use high-rise constructed by Mori with a new subway station created by Urban Renaissance Agency. The tower will incorporate the new Hibiya Line subway station scheduled to begin partial service in 2020 and an elevated open deck with greenery connecting the tower to the rest of the complex via existing Toranomon Hills. Mori Building’s signature style of integrated development will provide a soothing greenery-filled environment that also facilitates the movement of visitors, workers, and residents around the complex and through the city. The project will be designed by OMA principal Shohei Shigematsu in collaboration with founding principal Rem Koolhaas. The specs for Toranomon Hills Station Tower are still being finalized, but it is scheduled to open in 2022.

For ground transport, Toranomon Hills will continue to provide smooth access to Loop Road No. 2, a key trunk route that will stretch from Shimbashi to Toyosu when the final section is completed towards 2020, connecting the facility directly to Tokyo’s fast-developing bay area.

Moving forward, Mori Building will undertake a total of ten large-scale redevelopment projects in Toranomon and surrounding areas, with these three towers at the nexus. For more details: http://www.mori.co.jp/en/img/article/160413_1.pdf Press Release and Photos sourced from Mori Building

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Tokyo 23-Ward secondhand houses exceed JPY100m average

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Nobita's house (Doraemon)

According to the second-hand home sales report published by Tokyo Kantei, the average price of a second-hand detached house within Tokyo’s 23 wards was JPY100.04 million for the month of July, representing a 15.8% YoY (year-on-year) increase. Top sellers were Minato, Meguro and Shibuya wards. The criteria of properties under this survey are wooden, detached houses that are over 100sqm but under 300sqm in size, and are within 30 mins walking access of train routes or 20 mins access of bus routes.

The Sense House by Kazutoshi Imanaga

The Sense House by Kazutoshi Imanaga

To give an idea about the property, in Tokyo’s 23 wards, the average land area for a detached, second-hand house hovers around 145.3sqm with a constructed house size of 138.8sqm (July data, but not so different from previous months). The average age of the building was 22.5 years in July.

In comparison, in July, for the same type of property, in the Tokyo Metropolitan area (Tokyo-To), excluding the 23 wards, the average price reached JPY63.36 million (an increase of 9.9% YoY), while the average price for greater Tokyo (aka the suburbs) was only JPY35.71 million (representing a 3.1% YoY growth. Click here for the whole press release: http://www.kantei.ne.jp/release/PDFs/kodatecyuko201507.pdf (Japanese only).

Source: Homeesthetics.net

Source: Homeesthetics.net

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