Roppongi is a district of Minato, Tokyo famous for its art galleries, high-end shopping boutiques, upscale neighborhood, and especially the vibrant nightlife scenes. Ever since its early days, Roppongi has been widely recognized as Japan’s disco capital. With high-end cocktail bars and cabaret-style lounges, Roppongi caters to a culturally diverse crowd, notably foreigners. Roppongi and the surrounding districts of Azabu, Hiroo, and Akasaka are home to many embassies and a large expat community. Therefore, there are numerous foreigner friendly bars, restaurants, and night clubs.
This district is home to an impressive selection of art galleries and exhibitions, particularly the Art Triangle Roppongi (three amazing museums located in Roppongi, all within walking distance of each other) which consists of the National Art Center Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, and the Suntory Museum of Art. Additionally, the massive complex of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown are famous for their amazing selection of food & drink establishments, fantastic arts & culture offerings, outposts of world-famous luxury brands, and great spaces to lounge and relax.
Roppongi Hills is a massive complex centered on the 238-meter-tall Mori Tower. Opened in 2003, it is a city within the city, with residential spaces, offices, shops, restaurants, an art museum, movie theatre, all within one building complex. Other than the high-end recreational facilities, notable tourist attractions include the Mori Art Museum and Tokyo City View observation area with its open-air Sky Deck that offers incredible views of Tokyo, extending as far as Mt Fuji on a clear day. In February and March, the Roppongi Hills Mori Garden comes to life with a number of cherry and plum trees. Activities : Shopping, relaxing Fee : None Time required : Minimum 1 hour
Located not too far away from Roppongi Hills is Tokyo Midtown. Another city within the city, Tokyo Midtown is another massive complex that offers a sophisticated mix of shopping, galleries, residential and luxury hotels. Besides, it has green spaces, international restaurants, stylish supermarkets, and the notable Suntory Museum of Art. The centerpiece of Tokyo Midtown in Midtown Tower is the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton on its upper floors. You can enjoy the spectacular view of Tokyo by visiting the hotel's casual lobby lounge, elegant cocktail bar, or fine-dining restaurants. You could head to the Galleria, Midtown’s main shopping area, which features a lovely Garden Terrace. Activities : Shopping, relaxing Fee : None Time required : Minimum 1 hour
National Art Center Tokyo
Opened in early 2007, the National Art Center Tokyo (Kokuritsu Shin-Bijutsukan) is Japan's largest art museum. It is also the country’s only museum that does not have a permanent collection. Instead, it holds various special exhibitions and hosts many Artist Associations’ exhibitions. The building, designed by famed architect Kisho Kurokawa with this purpose in mind, has a massive exhibition space, one of the largest in the country.
Activities : Museum visit Fee : Varies with each exhibition Time required : Minimum 1 hour (Image via Japan Visitor)
Mori Art Museum
The Mori Art Museum (MAM) is the highest contemporary 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 from Japan and Asia. The museum features a souvenir shop, The Sun and The Moon restaurant (which occasionally offers themed menus in conjunction with certain exhibitions). The price of tickets depends on the exhibition. Additional tickets to the Tokyo City View (¥1800), as well as the Sky Deck (¥500), are usually required. Combination tickets are available. Activities : Museum visit Fee : Varies with each exhibition Time required : Minimum 1 hour
Suntory Museum of Art
Located on the 3rd floor of Tokyo Midtown, the Suntory Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of Japanese artwork and traditional crafts. 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. Activities : Museum visit Fee : Varies with each exhibition Time required : Minimum 1 hour
Keyakizaka is a 400-meter-long avenue in Roppongi Hills lined with high-class boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Walk through Keyakizaka and you will 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.
The major station is a dining and shopping wonderland packed with shops and restaurants. You can buy all kinds of souvenirs in the Tokyo Station Ichiban Gai (First Avenue Tokyo Station) shopping/dining arcade, which is located directly downstairs of the main Yaesu Gate.