Popular With Tourists! A Guide to Having Fun in Roppongi, Tokyo
Roppongi, located in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, is one of the most prominent commercial districts in Tokyo. Filled with trendy shops, art museums, and other cultural facilities, it is also extremely famous with tourists visiting Japan. While Roppongi has a lot going on, here's a guide to get you started on how to enjoy Roppongi!
What is Roppongi?
Roppongi is known for having a lot of foreigners due to the concentration of embassies in the vicinity. If you come during the day, you can enjoy shopping at the numerous commercial facilities here or bask in nature by exploring the famous gardens and parks in the area. There are many art museums where you can appreciate cutting-edge art pieces, too. Roppongi is also home to a string of fancy restaurants, bars, and clubs, so its atmosphere becomes even more colorful at night. One of the great things to do here is to go drinking or clubbing.
Visit Art Museums
There are a lot of world-renowned art museums in Roppongi, so you can appreciate art gems that have been collected from Japan and all over the world. Below are three recommended museums to check out!
The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) is a stylish art museum that only houses rotating exhibitions. Boasting the largest exhibition space (14,000 sq.m.) in all of Japan, this museum also collects, exhibits, and provides information and materials related to art. NACT aims to help spread art education. The admission fee depends on the exhibition (planned exhibitions) and artist association (public exhibitions).
Suntory Museum of Art
Built on the basic principle of “art in life”, the Suntory Museum of Art goes by the motto of “art revisited, beauty revealed”. It holds various planned exhibitions, such as paintings, china, lacquer work, and glass. It also has a museum shop and cafe, as well as a tea room where you can enjoy matcha (powdered green tea) and seasonal wagashi (Japanese sweets), ensuring you’ll have a luxurious time here.
Admission fee: General: 1,300 JPY, High school/college student: 1,000 JPY, Junior high school student or younger: Free
※Fees may vary depending on the exhibition
Mori Art Museum
Mori Art Museum is a museum that is located on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the high-rise complex, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. This museum holds exhibitions of contemporary art, including architectures and designs from around the world, centering on Asia. It also focuses on activities that target the spread of education, working hard to promote the appeal of art to society. Admission fees at this museum vary depending on the exhibition.
Roppongi is packed with rows of shops that follow the trends in fashion, cosmetics, and other goods. It also offers a wide array of imported food and other food products. Here are two spots that you should not miss when you go shopping here!
Roppongi Hills is a commercial complex that serves as the symbol of Roppongi. It celebrated its 15th anniversary in April 2018. It houses Mori Art Center, where the Mori Art Museum and other cultural facilities can be found, as well as a cinema complex, a world-class hotel, and several other establishments. There are more than 200 restaurants and shops here. A lot of popular brands in Japan and abroad can be found here, including luxury brands such as Rolex and Saint Laurent, as well as men’s fashion brands like the domestic brands Attachment and Undercover.
Tokyo Midtown is a commercial complex that opened in 2007. Aside from The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, it also offers the Suntory Museum of Art and other cultural facilities, offices, residences, hospitals, and parks. There are about 130 establishments in this area. You will find many Japanese brand shops, along with shops of brands that are famous worldwide. In spring 2018, the general goods and lifestyle items shop, KONCENT (produced by h concept, which designs daily necessities and other products), opened in this area, along with the Japanese flagship store of the Italian leather brand, ZANELLATO.
Marvel at the Lush Greenery
Roppongi may be lined with skyscrapers, but it also has gardens and parks with lush greenery that will make you feel like you are at an oasis in the metropolis. If you ever get tired from all the walking, then you might want to take a break in a spot that is enveloped by nature!
Mohri Garden is a massive Japanese garden that contains the remains of the residence of a feudal lord from the Edo period (1603 – 1867). You can freely walk around while marveling at the pond, river, and the plants that change every season.
Midtown Garden is a vast, nature-rich, open space inside the premises of Tokyo Midtown that is loved by everybody as a place for relaxation. With about 140 trees, such as sakura (cherry blossoms) and kusunoki (camphor) trees, the trees, plants, and water flow change in each area, so you will be able to enjoy scenery that is rich in variety. Its design incorporates the concept of traditional Japanese gardens, which is “coexisting with nature”. Various events are held at this space, so make sure to check them out!
Watch Concerts and Live Shows
Roppongi is also dotted with facilities where you can enjoy high-quality music. Below are two recommended spots for music!
Opened in 1986 as the first concert hall in Tokyo, Suntory Hall is a place where you can enjoy watching not only artists from Japan, but from all over the world. The facility has a main hall and a small hall. The main hall, which is shaped like a vineyard, was dubbed a “jewelry box of music” by the late conductor Herbert von Karajan.
Billboard Live TOKYO
Billboard Live TOKYO is a club and restaurant that is located in Tokyo Midtown. It boasts of a fantastic location that will let you gaze at the glittering urban nightscape from the window behind the stage. The excellent stage performances that are held every night feature a rich lineup of top local and foreign talent from different genres, such as jazz, rock, R&B, and hip-hop. The place also gets rave reviews for the high quality of its dishes.
Relish Delicious Food! Visit the Meat Cuisine Specialist, Kakunoshin R
The best way to cap off your sightseeing trip to Roppongi is to have dinner at Kakunoshin R, which is a restaurant that specializes in meat dishes. Located in a spot behind the road that is a street away from the main street in front of Tokyo Midtown, this restaurant is known for buying a whole head of Japanese Black beef that was bred in Iwate Prefecture. It serves aged Kanzaki Beef, which achieves its condensed umami through the restaurant’s unique meat aging method. You can enjoy the tasty flavors of various meat cuts, including rare parts.
Sample menu: Aged Kanzaki Beef Katamari-yaki (grilled block of meat): 8,000 JPY Course
Roppongi is a town where you can experience cutting-edge culture up close. Make sure to drop by when you go sightseeing in Tokyo!
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