From the Standards to Hidden Gems! 20 Recommended Spots in Roppongi
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Roppongi is an area with high-rise buildings such as Roppongi Hills and a sophisticated, cosmopolitan feel to it. It has a variety of places to enjoy, not just for food and shopping, but also for enjoying art. This article introduces the top recommended spots to go to in Roppongi!
- About Roppongi
- See the Tokyo Nightscape from Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
- Take a Stroll Around Mohri Garden
- Take a Walk through the Romantic Illuminations of Keyakizaka
- Enjoy the Sophisticated Hospitality of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo
- Buy Souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown
- Participate in a Seasonal Event at Midtown Garden
- Expand Your Cultural Perspective at The National Art Center, Tokyo
- Experience the Beauty of Crafts at Suntory Museum of Art
- Enjoy Contemporary Art from Japan and Around the World at Mori Art Museum
- Purchase Character Merchandise in the Shop at TV Asahi Headquarters
- Find Interesting Japanese Souvenirs at Don Quijote Roppongi Store
- Enjoy a Performance at EX THEATER ROPPONGI
- Enjoy High Grade All-you-can-eat Sushi at Hina Sushi Roppongi Branch
- Enjoy Orothodox Light Ramen at AFURI
- Savor Authentic Udon Noodles at TsuruTonTan
- Take Social Media-worthy Photographs at nirvana NEW YORK
- Pray for a Great Match at Izumo Taisha Tokyo Bunshi
- Relax and Refresh with a "Wonderful Night's Sleep" at remm Roppongi
- Thoroughly Enjoy the Night at ESPRIT TOKYO
- Enjoy Sports on the Screen with Drinks at THE PUBLIC SIX
Roppongi is the area around the iconic Roppongi Hills complex and is filled with office buildings, high-rise condos and shops for famous luxury brands. It is in Central Tokyo and easy to get to from major Tokyo stations, so you can stop by after visiting other sightseeing spots in the capital city.
Before going into a detailed introduction of Roppongi, here is how to get there from major stations in Tokyo.
To get to Roppongi Station from Tokyo Station, take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to Kasumigaseki Station and change to Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. It will take about 16 minutes. From Shibuya Station, take Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Aoyama-itchome Station and change to Toei Oedo Line. It will take about 13 minutes. Roppongi Station is also about 10 minutes by train from Ginza Station and Shinjuku Station.
See the Tokyo Nightscape from Roppongi Hills Observation Deck
Not to miss in Roppongi is the night view of the great metropolis of Tokyo. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the glittering city spread out right below you. You'll also be able to take a great picture of Tokyo Tower. The view is stunning not just at night, but during the day as well.
The observation deck is split into two floors: The indoor observation deck, Tokyo City View, on the 52nd floor; and the open-air observation area, Sky Deck, on the roof. Create wonderful memories by enjoying a 360-degree view of the cityscape at night while feeling the night air.
Tickets: Tokyo City View / Adult 1,800 yen, University/High School student 1,200 JPY, Child (age 4 up to junior high school student) 600 JPY, Senior (age 65 and over) 1,500 JPY
Sky Deck / Adult 500 JPY, University/High School student 500 JPY, Child (age 4 up to junior high school student) 300 JPY, Senior (Age 65 and over) 500 JPY
*A ticket to one of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo City View or Mori Arts Center Gallery is required to enter the Sky Deck
Take a Stroll Around Mohri Garden
Mohri Garden is a quiet and verdant Japanese garden right by the bustling Roppongi Hills. There is much to see there with cherry blossoms in the spring, colorful foliage in the fall, and areas lit up and decorated with lights depending on the season. It is a wonderful place to stroll around in and refresh yourself when you are tired from all the sightseeing.
When in Mohri Park, be sure to look for the small fish, medaka (Japanese rice fish), in Mohri Pond. They are descendants of the "outer-space fish" that were the first vertebrates to hatch in space in an experiment that Chiaki Mukai, Japan's first female astronaut, conducted on the space shuttle, Columbia, in 1994.
Take a Walk through the Romantic Illuminations of Keyakizaka
If you are visiting Roppongi between early November and mid-February, be sure to enjoy the illuminations on Keyakizaka. Keyakizaka is a street in front of Roppongi Hills, and in 2018, the trees on it were lit up with 700,000 LED lights. During the holiday season, you can enjoy its illuminations together with those at Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills nearby.
*The official homepage is for 2018
Enjoy the Sophisticated Hospitality of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a high-end hotel within Roppongi Hills. It has great reviews online and is known for the luxurious guest rooms and attentive staff. If you are staying here, be sure to pamper yourself at the pool, gym and spa.
The hotel has a variety of restaurants including French, Italian, Chinese, Sushi and Japanese restaurants, among which the teppanyaki restaurant Keyakizaka is highly recommended. Premium ingredients are cooked right in front of your eyes, so you can enjoy steaks of wagyu beef that seem to melt in the mouth while admiring the masterly cooking skills of the chefs.
Buy Souvenirs at Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown is a multipurpose complex consisting of shops selling the latest fashion brands and miscellaneous items, stylish cafes, restaurants, and even a museum and park. Perhaps because it has a museum, it seems to hold artsy events and has many shops selling interior decoration items. It is the perfect place to purchase well-designed souvenirs incorporating uniquely Japanese elements.
If you want to get items to use around the house, go to Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten; or the knife store, Nihonbashi Kiya; or Hashicho, which sells numerous chopsticks. The sake store, SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya, is a great place to look for an interesting gift. It is managed directly by a sake brewery that was established in 1625 and sells not only sake, but also sweets and even cosmetics made from sake.
Participate in a Seasonal Event at Midtown Garden
Within Tokyo Midtown, there is a lawn area called Midtown Garden, where you can lay down in the middle of Central Tokyo. A variety of events are held there each season—some past examples being yoga and food and art events.
The illuminations during the holiday season are also a highlight of the lawn area of Tokyo Midtown. You may feel as if you are in outer space when you see the approximately 190,000 LED lights and 100 shining balloons emerging out of the darkness. The scenery takes on a mystic atmosphere that is charming in a different way from the daytime.
Expand Your Cultural Perspective at The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo is in a beautiful building that in itself is a work of art. The museum has special exhibitions of avant-garde art from Japan and around the world, as well as exhibitions by various artists' associations.
The museum is also known for its wonderful shop with a great selection of items that have a "Tokyo perspective" regardless of genre or how famous the artists are. If you are an art lover, make sure to carve out enough time to enjoy this shop. It is in the free access area so you can visit it without going into an exhibition.
National Art Center, Tokyo constitutes the Roppongi Art Triangle together with Suntory Museum of Art and Mori Art Museum (both of which will be introduced later). The locations of the three museums form a triangle, and you can show ticket stubs from ongoing exhibitions at any of the three museums to get discounts at the others.
Experience the Beauty of Crafts at Suntory Museum of Art
Suntory Museum of Art is the place to go to if you want to enjoy historic Japanese art. At this museum, various artworks, such as paintings, lacquer ware, ceramics, glassware and textiles, are presented as part of special exhibitions under the theme of "Art in Life." The interior of the museum is decorated with warm wood and washi paper so you can enjoy a relaxing time while appreciating the art.
The stylish cafe and museum shop that combine traditional Japanese aesthetics with a modern sensibility are recommended.
Enjoy Contemporary Art from Japan and Around the World at Mori Art Museum
This is a museum on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills that exhibits primarily contemporary art from Japan and other Asian countries. It is open till 10:00 pm (except on Tuesdays, when it closes at 5:00 pm), so you can enjoy art after shopping or dinner.
The ticket for the museum can also be used to get into Tokyo City View, introduced earlier. Taking in the beautiful nightscape after enjoying an art exhibition is sure to make for a wonderful Roppongi evening.
There is also another museum called Mori Art Center Gallery, one floor below on the 52nd floor, which holds completely different exhibitions.
Purchase Character Merchandise in the Shop at TV Asahi Headquarters
The TV Asahi Headquarters building has a shop where you can buy merchandise related to popular Japanese animation characters, such as Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. It has a wide selection of sweets, stationery, and other items in cute packaging featuring various characters. There are many small and affordable items that are perfect as gifts to take home.
Find Interesting Japanese Souvenirs at Don Quijote Roppongi Store
Don Quijote is a discount chain that sells everything from pharmaceuticals to cosmetics, foods, and a variety of miscellaneous items. Everything in the store is affordable, and it is fun to look at the vast number of products that are displayed. There are many unique products that are sure to be hits when you take them home as souvenirs.
If you're going for the fun factor, why not purchase a hilarious party mask, such as of a horse or Buddha. They are sure to crack your friends up.
Enjoy a Performance at EX THEATER ROPPONGI
EX THEATER ROPPONGI, which is across the street from Roppongi Hills, is a live music venue that accommodates a standing audience of about 1,700 people. A schedule of performances is on its website, and tickets can be purchased at convenience stores. It is not a large space and is just the right size for the performers and audience to feel as one. There are many clubs and bars in Roppongi, so go to one for a drink afterwards!
Enjoy High Grade All-you-can-eat Sushi at Hina Sushi Roppongi Branch
Good sushi in Roppongi will usually take a great toll on your wallet, but Hina Sushi Roppongi Branch is an all-you-can-eat sushi bar where you can have your fill of great sushi. It is a restaurant with a simple, clean interior and the sushi is so fresh and there is such a wide selection it is hard to believe it is all-you-can-eat. There is an all-you-can-eat and drink party plan that is available for parties of two or more for 5,500 JPY (incl. tax) each, a great price for bottomless sushi and alcohol.
Enjoy Orothodox Light Ramen at AFURI
After sushi is ramen. AFURI is a ramen shop that is known for the soup made with no artificial seasoning and clear umami flavors of the natural ingredients. The translucent soup is golden and has a light yet rich flavor that goes well with the thin noodles. The char siu (roasted pork) served on top is lightly charred and goes perfectly with the bright aroma of yuzu citrus. This is a ramen you'll know you want to come back for the moment you finish eating. There are two AFURI branches in Roppongi: One at Roppongi Crossing and another in Roppongi Hills.
Savor Authentic Udon Noodles at TsuruTonTan
Tsurutontan is a chain famous for its authentic udon (thick noodles). It offers a wide menu selection, but particularly recommended is the Tsurutontan Sanmai (1,980 JPY) of udon served with tempura, meat, kitsune (sweet and savory thinly sliced deep-fried tofu) cooked in egg. The egg locks in the flavors of the toppings and dashi (broth), so there is a warm and gentle taste that seems to seep through the body.
Take Social Media-worthy Photographs at nirvana NEW YORK
NIRVANA New York Tokyo is a stylish restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine with a view of the greenery in Hinokicho Park. The restaurant is famous not just for the fantastic food, but also as a place to take photographs to post on social media. Line up the tasty-looking Indian food out on the terrace on a fine day and you'll be able to take wonderful photographs. The Asian-style decor of the interior is also tasteful so you can enjoy the spicy food in a luxurious atmosphere.
Pray for a Great Match at Izumo Taisha Tokyo Bunshi
Up to now has all been about the stylish and luxurious parts of Roppongi, but if you want to experience traditional Japanese culture, why not go to the Tokyo branch of Izumo Taisha shrine to pray for a good match. Izumo Taisha is famous in Japan as a shrine for great matches and there is a branch in Roppongi. If you want to purchase an amulet when you visit, the Enmusubi-no-ito (matchmaking thread; 1,000 JPY) is recommended. It is said that you will be blessed with a good match if you tie the red-and-white thread onto your clothes.
Relax and Refresh with a "Wonderful Night's Sleep" at remm Roppongi
remm Roppongi is a unique hotel that is dedicated to offering a "wonderful night's sleep". The hotel is filled with ingenious touches to help with sleep: For example, the guest rooms have bathrooms with large "rain shower" heads attached to the ceiling so that you can immerse yourself in the stream of water to relax before going to sleep. There are many other considerations to help with the sleep, such as a massage chair in each guestroom and high-grade mattresses with wonderful springs. You can have a good night's sleep and be completely refreshed for another day of sightseeing. After sleeping, you can enjoy a nutritionally balanced breakfast made with healthy and safe ingredients.
Thoroughly Enjoy the Night at ESPRIT TOKYO
Clubbing is the thing to do if you are in Roppongi at night. ESPRIT TOKYO is a club that is welcoming to first-timers. It has a great sound system, and it is not the type of place where you may feel excluded by the regulars. There are special events held on some nights, so be sure to check the website before going. Dance to the music and enjoy Roppongi well into the night!
Enjoy Sports on the Screen with Drinks at THE PUBLIC SIX
If you don't like clubs, why not spend the evening at a sports bar? THE PUBLIC SIX is a chic sports bar where you can enjoy a selection of six domestic craft beer, a variety of domestic wines and sake, and foods such as fish & chips and pork chops while enjoying sports matches on big TV screens.
There is a wide selection of drinks and foods so it is a great place to go to even if your objective is not the sports matches.
Roppongi is a great place to go to for sightseeing during the day as well as for the nightlife. You can mix and match the places introduced here to create your very own plan.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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