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“Nothing to do but look” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tokyo International Forum

Tokyo International Forum
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Nothing to do but look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

I made a trip here since I had some hours to spare and I'm glad I came but there isn't anything really to do. It was easy to get to, and that made the trip even faster, I enjoyed looking around for the whole 10 minutes I spent walking around in the building then I left. There were several expensive cafes inside and around the area I was, but that was about it. If you're there for an event I'm sure it's more interesting but other than the great architecture there isn't anything more.

Visited May 2014
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“Go on a sunny day for a visual treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

Conceived during Japan's great real estate bubble in the late 1980's and built on what was the site of the Tokyo Municipal Government Offices before they were moved to the two twin towers just west if Shinjuku Station.

This is one of Japan's finest examples of the use of space and light in architectural design. As a practical building perhaps not the best investment the city ever made but as a showpiece of modern design, the use of glass, steel and light it is outstanding.

Although a bit difficult to find one can walk underground from this building to Tokyo Station which can be a convenience during a rainy day, although probably faster just to use the Yamanote Line from Yurakucho station which is immediately adjacent.

They hold a flea market of all things on Sunday afternoon in the central plaza at the foot of the two block long 6 story high atrium. Sort of tells me that it is not much of a money maker for the city, but as a showpiece it is outstanding.

The big BIC Camera store is just to the south in case you need to do some shopping, and the Imperial Palace Grounds Plaza is about 4 blocks to the west. Also easy walking distance to Ginza 2 Chome.

Visited October 2013
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Raipur, India
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“Excellent place for conferences”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

Visited the building for an ophthalmic conference. With an imposing glass facade as one half of the building, this is an attractive building. There is a large space between the 2 parts of the building where we had the opening ceremony.

Having the building in 2 parts makes it easier to go between different rooms, though a bit confusing initially. They have several walkways connecting the 2 parts making for great connectivity.

It also has several dining places and access to metro from the building itself.

Visited April 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“A bit of a complex complex”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

If you are visiting TIF or have a conference there, please be aware that it's a bit confusing as there are 2 sub-basement levels in the GLASS BUILDING (where the lobby is located) that can be used as exhibit halls - but those are NOT where the other exhibit halls are located (Halls A-D). There are food options there (incl. Food Mart, Coffee House, etc.) as well as food truck stands in the courtyard between the Hall buildings and the Glass Building Lobby. If Fujiya is the exhibitor services provider, note that they can also be a bit confusing as I've found their service forms sometimes incorrect (found 2 pricing errors!) and typical show service items missing (such as trashcans for the booth as well as the porter service to empty them during the tradeshow!).

Visited April 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Nice structure, connects to Tokyo station”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a convenient location for events located next to the Tokyo and Yurakucho stations. I have been to some concerts and exhibitions here. The building has a very nice light structure.
During lunchtime trucks selling bento lunch boxes often come here. There are also some cafes located in the building.
Downstairs is a small museum and the stairs next to it connect to Tokyo station.

Visited January 2014
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