July 8, 2008

Scaling Midland Square

After an interesting tour at TCMIT, and by a short Me-guru bus ride were on to our next itinerary and the last leg of our sojourn, visiting Midland Square or Toyota-Mainichi Building.

Midland Square has been completed in 2006, the new 247m, 53 floor skyscraper is now officially Nagoya's tallest building, just 2 meters taller than the adjacent JR Central Towers. It is the fifth tallest building in Japan behind Yokohama Landmark Tower, Rinku Gate Tower Building, Osaka World Trade Center Building and Midtown Tower. Midland Square houses offices of many companies including Toyota Motor Corporation, Towa Real Estate and Mainichi Shimbum.

The building has six underground levels - located a stone throw away from Nagoya's Higashiyama Subway Line Station - home to branded stores and restaurants as well as a 7-screen multiplex cinema.

We started by checking the lobby where the top-of-the line Lexus models and a concept car by Toyota were displayed. A 66 person-capacity see-through double-deck elevators, (the first in the world) carrying passengers to the observation area known as the Sky Promenade on the 46st floor. A stunning 40 seconds to reach the deck. The building's roof top is Japan's highest open-air observation deck and this is the excellent place to see the panoramic view of the metropolis.

Here's what can be viewed from above:-

South: Nagoya Expressway, Meitetsu Line, Shinkansen, Kintetsu Line and Aonami-line

East : Nagoya Dome, Nagoya TV Tower, and Nagoya Castle (were we visited and I posted here)

North : Higashi Maeihan Expressway, Sotobori Avenue, Toyota Commemorative Museum

West: Nagoya Lucent Tower and JR Central Towers, Downtown Nagoya

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