Omotesando Hills is an upmarket shopping center/mall that dominates a 250m stretch of the popular Omotesando Avenue.

The complex houses more than 130 shops and restaurants – mostly luxury brands, high-end boutiques and western-style eateries.

The building was designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando with one of the best features being the interior atrium and the flowing central staircase.

Constructed by Mori Building (the people who brought you every other development in Tokyo with “Hills” on the end,) the modern building controversially replaced the dojunkai apartments which were built in 1927 and a feature of the area for more than 70 years. The atmosphere of the whole area switched from being dark and bohemian to bright and commercial in the space of a few years.

Omotesando Dojunkai danchi
One of the original dojunkai apartment blocks. | Photo by Gregory Lane

A restored dojunkai apartment was preserved at one end of the complex and is worth exploring—look out for the low doorways and ceilings.

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