Roppongi is a place full of surprises and secret spots to discover, and here are the must-do things that will make you fall in love with this Neighborhood. Enjoy then the best of Roppongi food, visit the most recommended design and art facilities and have fun watching the starry sky from a beautiful observatory.

Shop at Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown

Let’s face it, Roppongi Hills shops aren’t exactly accessible to anyone, but you can also just watch the shining shop windows and enjoy the atmosphere! For the ones who want to stick to the food, you won’t be disappointed! Especially in winter, with Christmas approaching, Roppongi Hills confectioneries offer a vast choice of “Christmas cakes”, to have fun with family or your loved one while eating a delicious little piece of Roppongi jewelry. In Tokyo Midtown you will also find interesting aroma therapy stores and Nail/Hair salons that will make you shine just like Roppongi’s night lights! The most recommended are Grand Raffine (oil therapy) and Uka (nail & hair care).

Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/

Website: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/

Visit the National Art Center Tokyo and Experience Art

Shortened in “NACT”, the National Art Center Tokyo, offers various exhibitions that are always changing, library service to spread art even through books and some comfortable cafes and shops. Two of recent exhibitions are Endeavors (by Tadao Ando) and the Shinkai Makoto gallery. The first one focused on the life of Tadao Ando, a former wrestler who decided to learn architecture by himself and created some amazing art works. The second one concentrated on the Shinkai Makoto’s films, from “Voice from a distant future” to “Your name”. Finally, some special exhibitions are held for upcoming artists and sometimes members of the staff.

Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: about 5 min walk from exit 4a for Hibiya Line

Website: http://www.nact.jp/english/

Fee: may vary based on the exhibition

Get the Stunning View of Tokyo at Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills

Tokyo City View is an observation facility located 250 m above sea level. It includes an outdoor observatory, the Sky Deck, 270 meters above sea level, which is higher than the indoor observatory. There you can enjoy the starry sky and the fresh Tokyo’s wind from day to night. The facility offers an exhibition space too, the new Sky Gallery, created to harmonize art to the spectacular view of the observatory. In the same building you can find Mori Art Museum, and the entrance ticket includes both of the attractions.

Address: 52F/53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Fee: adult ¥1,800, University/High school student ¥1,200, Junior High school student ¥600, over 65 years ¥1,500

Website: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/en/

Visit Nogi Shrine and Former Nogi House

This is about Maresuke Nogi, a top general of the Japanese Imperial Army who fought through various important wars. He was mostly known for his samurai-like ethics and it seems he even committed suicide together with his wife when the Meiji Emperor died. He decided by himself to donate his modest house to Tokyo City and now it’s become a public park, showing a respectable house which survived without a scratch the bombardments of the late war. In 1937, near his house, Nogi’s memory was honored by the construction of a shrine dedicated to his family. A little piece of history that still shines in Tokyo City!

Address: 8 Chome-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: about 5 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Entrance fee: free

Website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp/ (Japanese only)

Experience the Modern Japanese Style Shaved Ice (Kakigori) at Yelo

Japanese summer is so hot that you’ll really need some ice food to keep on and continue your shopping day. And what is better than a Japanese style shaved ice? The Japanese “kakigori” are mostly made of ice that is soft and flavored by adding sweet sauces. There are of course a lot of tastes available, but the ones offered by Yelo shop are rather interesting. There are predictable flavors too, but you will find strange ones like avocado, carrot, etc., that beyond every expectation are actually really yummy! You can also choose two extra toppings that will be served separately, so you can add them whenever you want while eating. Another really good point of this shop is that it’s open every day of the year, even in winter holidays!

Address: 5 Chome-2-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: just 1 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Website: http://yelo.jp/roppongi_menu.php (Japanese only)

Cost: from ¥750

Taste the First Taiyaki in Japan at Naniwaya So Honten

This shop has a lot of history, since it’s been open since 1909, and it claims to have introduced the first taiyaki ever in Japan! Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake with various fillings (red bean paste, custard cream, matcha cream etc.) delicious for a snack on the go! If you have in mind a more relaxed break, this café offers a second floor with many seats available, and the opportunity to pair your taiyaki with a matcha ice dessert. If this isn’t a perfect combo!

Address: 1 Chome-8-14 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: 10 min from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130702/13002775/

Cost: about ¥180 for each taiyaki

Learn about Japanese Design at 21_21 Design Sight

Located in Midtown Garden, near Hinochiko Park, 21_21 Design Sight aims to be the center of design culture in Japan. The most popular one at the moment is “Wild: Untamed Mind”, by Shinichi Nakazawa, which focuses on the fascinating power of instinct of contemporary arts and raises questions like how to trigger our creativity and how to express it to the fullest in today’s art landscape.

Address: Midtown Garden, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5 min from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Fee: may vary based on the exhibition

Website: http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/

View One of the Most Beautiful Christmas Lights

Keyakizaka, located right behind Roppongi Hills, becomes every year the stage of beautiful Christmas lights, perfect for a romantic stroll. Blue LEDs decorates the trees and the Tokyo Tower creates a fascinating atmosphere. In 2017, the light scheme was a bit modified too, showing different colors (“candle and red” color) only at the specific time of the day. There are just two spots that will change color and are kept secret. Good luck finding them! More than this, since Christmas in Japan is mostly a lover’s festivity, a hidden heart will appear for a short period of time every day. Have fun discovering this super romantic spot!

Address: 6 Chome-11-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

Access: 7 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Website: http://www.roppongihills.com.e.nt.hp.transer.com/sp/christmas/2017/ (2017 version)

Enjoy the Limited Exhibitions at Mori Art Museum

Situated in the same building of Tokyo Sky View, Mori Art Museum offers the best of contemporary art and architecture. But this museum isn’t just about exhibitions: a large variety of learning programs and workshops are held every year, covering a wide range of audience. Guided tours are also available even if the exhibitions subjects aren’t always the same.

Address: 52F/53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: 8 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Website: https://www.mori.art.museum/en/

Fee: adult ¥1,800, University student ¥800, High school student ¥500, junior school and under are free!

Party Until the Morning!

After an exciting shopping day what is best for a party? The staff of the A-life club knows this very well, and so they’re offering the best night service in Roppongi to make you enjoy yourself until morning! The club is in a building with various floors, each of them with a different tune, to reduce the chance of getting bored basically to zero. There are also 3 dance floors and a lot of cool bars to refresh after an energetic dance time. VIP spots are available too if you want a seat facing the dance floor.

Address: 1-7-2 Nishi Azabu Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: 8 min walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line and Toei Oedo Line)

Fee: women ¥3,000, men ¥4,000

 

 

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