Ark Hills

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Ark hills as seen from Tokyo Tower

Ark Hills (アークヒルズ Āku Hiruzu?) is a major office development by Mori Building Company in Minato, Tokyo. Completed in 1986, the complex includes the ANA InterContinental Tokyo Hotel, the ARK Mori Building (a 37-floor, almost 2,000,000-square-foot (190,000 m2) mixed-use tower), the world-class Suntory Hall concert hall, a TV studio and several apartment buildings. TV Asahi still uses its former headquarters as an annexe for some of its departments and subsidiaries. Every September the area celebrates with an autumn festival that includes music, dancing, food, art, and shopping.

The name "ARK" comes from the fact that the complex is located at the intersection of the Akasaka, Roppongi, and Kasumigaseki districts. (Another explanation is that the name stands for Akasaka and Roppongi Knot.)[1] It is built on a slight slope, rather than a hill. Residents of the building include business travelers and celebrities.

The heliport on the roof of the Ark Mori Building is used to provide direct flights between Narita International Airport and Ark Hills (approximately 20 minutes) since September 2009.[2]

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  1. ^ Cybriwsky, Roman (2011). Historical Dictionary of Tokyo. Scarecrow Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-8108-7489-3. 
  2. ^ Betros, Chris (15 February 2010). "A quick hop to Narita and back". Japan Today. 

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Coordinates: 35°40′00″N 139°44′29″E / 35.666615°N 139.741405°E / 35.666615; 139.741405