Translated by Lester Somera
Roppongi Travel Guide: Enjoy Stylish Days And Exciting Nights In Tokyo
Written by TanabeAiri
Home to bars and clubs, trendsetting shops, art museums, national embassies and the headquarters of major companies, the Roppongi district has many faces. This article will tell you how to get there, what to see and how to enjoy Roppongi!
All About Roppongi
The internationally-known area of Roppongi is many things to many people: a popular bar and clubbing hotspot, a launching point for Tokyo trends, an art quarter with plentiful museums, and a business district where numerous embassies and well-known corporations are based.
Once thought of as a playground for VIPs and celebrities, Roppongi is now a cultural capital where all sorts of people come together, well-connected to the rest of the city with subway and metro lines, and the modern Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown amusement complexes.
Close to Shibuya and Shinjuku and only a short walk away from many fascinating spots, Roppongi is the perfect place to go sightseeing. We put together a guide listing what you should know to enjoy Roppongi.
Guide to Roppongi:
What to See in Roppongi
A miniature city-like complex that opened in 2003, Roppongi Hills was conceptualized as “a neighborhood where everyone joins together.” In addition to office space and residences, Roppongi Hills features more than 200 restaurants and shops, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel, a Toho Cinemas movie theater equipped with the latest technology, the Mori Art Museum, and the Mori Arts Center Gallery art installation. Roppongi Hills is truly an area landmark.
Address: Tokyo, Minato ward, Roppongi 6-10-1
1. The Sky Deck at Tokyo City View, on the Roof of Roppongi Hills
Located on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower, the Tokyo City View Lounge is an indoor viewing platform 250 meters (820 feet) above sea level. The lounge affords visitors a sweeping view of Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree, and if weather permits, you can even glimpse Mt. Fuji!
When lit up at night, the city looks so beautiful it might as well be a painting. You can have a relaxing time at the cafes and restaurants, and enjoy the special viewing events and exhibitions held at the Sky Gallery. The lounge is open until 23:00, which is great for people who want to cap off their busy day by taking a break high above the metropolis.
The Sky Deck is the rooftop platform 270 meters (885 feet) above sea level. Feel the wind on your face and become one with the open sky, even in the heart of the city.
2. Mori Art Museum
The Mori Art Museum is the highest art museum in Japan, situated on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower. The museum holds high-quality exhibitions throughout the year, which primarily focus on modern art pieces. It’s open from 10 AM to 10 PM (until 5 PM on Tuesdays), which gives art appreciators the chance to visit after dinner. For more information, check out our Three Museums You Can Walk to From Roppongi Station article.
3. Mori Garden
Visitors can feel the turning of the seasons at this magnificent 4300 m2 Japanese garden inside Roppongi Hills, filled with cherry blossoms, gingko trees and other flora centered around the garden’s pond. The garden was named after Tsunamoto Mori, a feudal lord of the Edo period, who kept an estate on this land. For more information, check out our Five Sakura Viewing Spots in the Tokyo Area article.
4. Roppongi’s Keyakizaka
Keyakizaka is a 400 meter long avenue in Roppongi Hills lined with high-class boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Drive through Keyakizaka and you’ll see Tokyo Tower, right in the center of your field of vision. Famous for its beautiful Christmas lights, visitors to Keyakizaka can also see the illuminated Tokyo Tower and listen to splendid recital contests. For more information, check out our Radiant Tokyo: 5 Great Places To See The Winter Lights article.
5. Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown is a large-scale commercial complex directly connected to Roppongi Station on the Hibiya and Oedo lines. Filled with every sort of store, from concept shops by famous brands to Uniqlo, Tokyo Midtown has art museums, restaurants, supermarkets, delis and bakeries. Grab something to go, and enjoy your snack in the park. For more information, check out our Shop For Everything You’ve Ever Wanted At Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown article.
Address: Tokyo, Minato ward, Akasaka 9-7-1
6. Garden Terrace
This garden faces out onto the Galleria, the main shopping street of Tokyo Midtown. Enjoy gazing at the lush greenery during your meal at any of the fine restaurants in the surrounding area. The garden is also popular for its seasonal events, light displays, and winter ice skating rink.
7. Suntory Museum of Art
The Suntory Museum of Art has approximately three thousand art pieces in its collection, including national treasures and important cultural properties. The museum is currently holding an exhibition focusing on Japanese art, themed around the concept of “the beauty in life.” The pace, designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, utilizes wood and Japanese paper everywhere. At the attached “shop×cafe” visitors can buy museum souvenirs and small Japanese accessories. You can also try bento boxes and Japanese snacks from Fumuroya, which specializes in wheat-gluten products. For more information, check out our Three Museums You Can Walk to From Roppongi Station article.
8. 21_21 Design Sight
At 21_21 Design Sight, which is centered on temporary exhibitions, you can come in contact with all sorts of designs, developed through talks and workshops from three of Japan’s prized designers: Issey Miyake, Taku Sat, and Naoto Fukasawa. The building structure, which looks like it could melt into the surrounding gardens, was planned by Tadao Ando. For more information, check out our 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Roppongi - Enrich Your Daily Life Through Design article.
9. The National Art Center - Tokyo
The National Art Center of Tokyo opened in 2007 next to Tokyo Midtown, Japan’s fifth national art museum. Without permanent collections of its own, the center hosts exhibitions from major artists, solicit pieces from the public and works to educate people about art. The building has library rooms with documents about the arts, as well as a connected cafe and restaurant. The glass facade of the building was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, and the interior is filled with international art masterpieces on loan. Enjoy looking at them as much as you like. For more information, check out our Three Museums You Can Walk to From Roppongi Station article.
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How to Get to Roppongi
It’s best to head to Roppongi by subway or bus. Here’s a guide if you’re going to Roppongi via a major station.
1. From Shibuya to Roppongi (by Train and Bus)
By Toei Subway Oedo Line
From Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, bound for Asakusa), transfer at Aoyama 1-Chome Station to the Toei Oedo Line train bound for Roppongi and Daimon. Get off at Roppongi Station.
You need to switch from the Ginza Line to the Oedo Line at Aoyama 1-Chome Station on this 10-minute route, which costs 276 yen.
By JR Yamanote Line and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
From Shibuya Station, ride the JR Yamanote Inner Loop Line, bound for Shinagawa and Tokyo. Get off at Ebisu Station and transfer to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, bound for Kita-Senju. Alight at Roppongi Station.
For this route, transfer from the Yamanote Line to the Hibiya Line at Ebisu Station. The entire ride time is around 13 minutes and costs 304 yen.
By City Bus
From Shibuya Station, take City Bus  bound for Shimbashi Station-mae or Akasaka Art Hills, from boarding spot #51. Get off at Roppongi Station-mae. Or, take the City Bus  bound for Shimbashi Station-mae, from boarding spot #59. Get off at Roppongi Station-mae.
Roppongi-bound buses leave from Shibuya Station. The ride takes 15 to 20 minutes and costs 210 yen. Going by bus is convenient, since you don’t have to transfer.
2. From Shinjuku to Roppongi via Toei Subway
From Shinjuku Station, take the Toei Subway Oedo Line, bound for Roppongi and Daimon. Get off at Roppongi Station.
It’s a direct ride from Shinjuku Station to Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line. The ride is 10 minutes long and costs 220 yen.
3. From Tokyo Station to Roppongi (by Train)
From Tokyo Station, ride the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, bound for Ogikubo. Transfer to the Hibiya Line at Kasumigaseki Station, bound for Naka-Meguro. Get off at Roppongi Station.
At Kasumigaseki Station, switch from the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. The trip is around 11 minutes and costs 168 yen.
4. From Ueno to Roppongi via Tokyo Metro
From Ueno Station, ride the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, bound for Naka-Meguro. Get off at Roppongi Station.
It’s a direct ride from Ueno Station to Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. The ride is 25 minutes long and costs 199 yen.
Dining Places in Roppongi
Roppongi has all sorts of dining options, both Japanese and international. Not limited to name-brand restaurants and luxury eateries intended for nights out on the town, there are plenty of bargain spots where businessmen at nearby offices and the local residents get their fill of cheap and delicious food. How about a delicious Japanese cuisine eating spree in this area made for foodies?
Beloved all over the world, sushi is the quintessential Japanese food. Roppongi offers both high-class sushi restaurants that are a little intimidating to enter, and reasonably priced spots that are welcoming to everyone, so figure out which one is in your budget. For more information, check out our 5 Sushi Restaurants You've Gotta Try Out in Roppongi! article.
Restaurants With Night Views
There are many restaurants in Roppongi’s high-rises and luxury hotels where you can have dinner while getting a sweeping view of Tokyo. Such an experience is sure to be unforgettable.
Japanese Restaurants With English Support
Roppongi is home to the world’s embassies and the Japanese branch offices of major companies, so many restaurants in the area cater to English speakers. These places are visited by business people and influential figures from many different countries and are certifiably delicious. For more information, check out our Six Japanese Restaurants in Roppongi With English Menus article.
Roppongi Night Spots
Many of the shops in Roppongi are open until first light, and the area is teeming with clubs and other nightspots.
Muse is a club in neighboring Nishi-Azabu and has the biggest capacity of all clubs in the surrounding Roppongi area. Huge events go on at Muse every weekend, with upwards of 1200 party-goers. The setlists, primarily house and R&B tracks, will get your body moving.
Feria Tokyo is a restaurant and lounge with four above-ground floors and a basement. The basement, second floor, and third floor are club floors, while the first floor has the restaurant and the fourth floor has a terrace and bar. Hip-hop, house, R&B, and electronica music fill the air at this luxury hot spot.
With a basement level and two above-ground floors, Brand Tokyo was conceived as a club with distinct themes on each floor. The basement level, the main floor, has disco balls, a DJ booth, and stages, creating a club atmosphere. Brand Tokyo’s interior hums with the beats of house, techno, hip-hop, and reggae, and the powerful sound system will immerse you in the music.
All sorts of people gather in Roppongi, from the world’s top business people to tourists, which means that there are hotels for any price range. You can stay at Japan’s top-level luxury hotels, or any of the many reasonably priced and convenient hotels.
Mitsui Garden Hotel
For those looking for comfort and elegance in the heart of Tokyo, Mitsui Garden Hotel is a facility that will meet all your needs.
Hotel the b Roppongi
This designer hotel is a minute away from Roppongi Station and is close to both Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills.
Hotel Villa Fontaine Roppongi
This convenient hotel is connected to the Roppongi 1-Chome Station. It offers free WiFi and a complimentary light breakfast with pastries and salad to its guests.
Hotel Arca Torre Roppongi
Arca Torre is next to the Roppongi Station exit, and only three minutes from Roppongi Hills. It has reasonable rates considering its prime location, and all rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi.
The Ritz Carlton Tokyo
The symbol of Tokyo Midtown, this leading hotel sits atop the Midtown Tower and has received high praise for its unparalleled view from 200 meters above sea level, as well as its outstanding customer service.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
This polished metropolitan hotel occupies a block of Roppongi Hills. With a gym and spa facilities, the Hyatt is highly recommended for long-stay visitors. For more information, check out our 5 Hotels To Stay At In Roppongi article.