New openings in Tokyo 2016

Where to spend your hard-earned yen in the evolving city this year
Tokyu Plaza Ginza | Time Out Tokyo
Tokyu Plaza Ginza – one of the top openings in Tokyo for 2016
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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They say change is the only constant in Tokyo, with the unstoppable force euphemistically known as 'redevelopment' always looking for new spots of land to occupy with shopping malls, office towers or 'green spaces'. Just like in years past, 2016 will see plenty of shiny new facilities opened across the city, and practically all of them claim to offer never-before-seen ways to consume, imbibe, be happy and so on. Here are nine of the most attractive spots set to begin business over the next six months or so – better get those wallets out, eh? 

The best new openings for 2016

Shopping, Department stores

Tokyu Plaza Ginza

icon-location-pin Ginza
Open March 31

The closing of Shibuya's Tokyu Plaza last spring was mourned by many Tokyoites, and it remains to be seen if this Ginza reincarnation of the beloved shopping oasis can live up to expectations. Early signs are promising, however, with the exterior meant to recreate the appearance of traditional Edo Kiriko glass and the insides expected to house a whopping 125 stores...
Shopping, Arcades

Marine & Walk Yokohama

icon-location-pin Minato Mirai
Open March 2016

Building on the legacy of the nearby Red Brick Warehouse, the bayside Minato Mirai area is getting another old-new centre of retail and culture in 2016. Utilising some of the aged brick warehouses still left on the waterfront, Marine & Walk will be a multi-structure 'open mall' with attractive ocean view...
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Shopping

Newoman

icon-location-pin Shinjuku

The seemingly endless construction mess on the south side of Shinjuku Station is finally clearing up: opening on March 25, this huge and confusingly named shopping mall is supposed to blend seamlessly into the cityscape around the station's New South exit...

Things to do

Tri-Seven Roppongi

icon-location-pin Roppongi
Open sometime in spring

The name is a play on the street address (7-7-7 Roppongi), but there are precious few other quirky details available on this rather dry-looking shopping and business complex scheduled to open right across the street from Tokyo Midtown...
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Shopping, Department stores

Atré Ebisu West Building

icon-location-pin Ebisu
Open sometime in spring

With Ebisu consistently scoring in the top three of Tokyo's 'most desirable neighbourhood' rankings, it's no wonder that the local station mall is getting a huge upgrade: all those trend-hunting out-of-towners need to be accommodated somehow before they start pouring out onto the side streets and actually discovering the area's many hidden treasures...
Shopping

Ginza Place

icon-location-pin Ginza

Scheduled to start business at some point in summer 2016, the unimaginatively named Place sits right by the Yonchome crossing near the Sony Building, and will apparently tower over its neighbours both in terms of height and with an impactful, all-white exterior...

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Things to do

Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho

icon-location-pin Kioicho
Open sometime in summer

Built on the site of the old Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel, the long-awaited Garden Terrace is sure to achieve instant landmark status in the Kioicho-Nagatacho area – with a total of 38 floors in the main tower and 23 in the residential complex next door, this one competes with sheer scale...
Shopping

Kyobashi Edogrand

icon-location-pin Kyobashi
Open sometime in autumn

A curious combo that pairs a newly constructed, massive glass-and-steel skyscraper with the carefully renovated, historical Meidi-ya Kyobashi building, Edogrand is supposed to feature plenty of open spaces both indoors and outdoors, giving this soon-to-be Kyobashi landmark a vaguely futuristic feel...
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Art, Pop art

Snoopy Museum

icon-location-pin Roppongi

Snoopy fans in Tokyo sure have it good: hot on the heels of last year's Peanuts Cafe opening comes news that the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, will be setting up a temporary satellite location in Roppongi this spring. The full details are yet to be announced, but visitors will at least be able to view plenty of...

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