Roppongi is a city famous for its high-end restaurants and bars and also known as a spot where you can enjoy a great nightlife in bars and clubs. If you're wondering what to do while you're visiting the area, we've got you covered!
Roppongi Station can be accessed by either the Hibiya Line or Toei Oedo Line.
If you want to visit the famous Mori building, generally known as the Roppongi Hills, the C1 exit goes straight into the building.
Roppongi is also a short walk from Azabujuban station or Nogizaka station, in case you're staying nearby.
10 great things to do in Roppongi
Although it's fairly new (construction was finished in 2003), Roppongi Hills is a symbol of the Roppongi area. The Mori Tower (the main skyscraper of the complex, shown above) is mostly filled with expensive office real estate (The Pokemon Company, Google, Ferrari Japan, and Goldman Sachs are some of the tenants) but also has many floors of restaurants, cafes, stores, and even a Museum. Most of the shopping (including all the name brand stores) is located in the other buildings in the complex around the tower. There's also a movie theatre and several green spaces including a very nice Japanese garden. It's kind of like a shopping mall on steroids, and is worth checking out for sure.
One of the attractions not to miss is the observation deck on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower. The observation floor offers a stunning view of the Tokyo skyline. If you're there at the right time, there is a monthly star-watching event which is held on the 4th Friday of every month.
Nogi Shrine is located a 10-minute walk from Roppongi station.
What is so special about this shrine is that it is associated with Nogizaka 46, one of the hottest idol groups in Tokyo recently. Many fans from Tokyo and even from abroad visit this shrine to hope for the success of the group. If you're a fan of idol culture you'll appreciate seeing everyone's messages to the group.
National Art Center
At about a 10-minute walk from the Roppongi Station, The National Art Center is where you can see a variety of interesting exhibits. Unlike most other museums in Tokyo, the National Art Center doesn't have a permanent exhibit. Instead, it is constantly playing host to a variety of temporary exhibits, meaning there's always something new to see. Check the official website to see the list of current and upcoming exhibits.
'Illumination' is what the Japanese call holiday lights, and during the Christmas season, the whole of Keyakizaka street is turned into a picturesque illumination! Keyakizaka is the street that leads to the Roppongi Hills building, so you can't miss it if you're in the area.
Several months after the Christmas illuminations, Keyakizaka turns pink with blooming cherry blossoms!
Since it's a street and not a park, there is no space to do hanami (drinking and eating on the ground below the trees) but you can still enjoy the beautiful site and get some great photos.
Mori Art Museum
Inside Roppongi Hills, you'll find the Mori Art Museum, which is also a must-visit spot for everyone. The museum typically features a variety of stimulating and interesting exhibits featuring art, science, technology, and architecture. Even if you're not typically a museum person, you're likely to find something very interesting here.
If you're looking for some nature in the midst of the skyscrapers and shopping centers, walking over to Arisugawa Park might be just the ticket. The large park has a pond and stream with small waterfalls, is filled with greenery and flowers, and is a peaceful refuge in the middle of the city. There are beautiful things to see in every season (cherry blossoms in the spring, flowers in the summer, and autumn leaves in the fall and winter. The park is a great place to take a stroll or shoot some photos with a beautiful Japanese setting.
Arisugawa park is about a 9-minute walk from Roppongi Hills.
After Ginza, Roppongi is home to some of Tokyo's best high-end sushi restaurants!
One of the most famous is Sukiyabashi Jiro, which is located in Roppongi Hills and is a Michelin 2-starred sushi restaurant. As they maintain the tradition of Edo-style sushi, customers are expected to focus on eating the sushi and to eat quickly. You should not expect to be able to stay for long conversations and sake, but the sushi itself should be some of the best you'll ever eat.
Other than Jiro, Roppongi is also home to many other famous Michelin-starred sushi restaurants including Sushi Saito, which has maintained 3 stars for many years. No matter what kind of experience you're seeking, there's a high-end sushi restaurant for you! Check out our article on Roppongi sushi for more info:
TUSK bar is located a 1-minute walk from Roppongi Station. It is on the West Walk of Roppongi Hills and is a popular bar among many tourists, as well as locals. Inside, there is a 10m long bar, where you will see a great selection of vodkas and gins. Their menu has many types of beverages, including wine, whiskey, rum, vodka, cocktails, beer, and champagne. They also have small tapas and other foods to go with your drink.