Roppongi is a district in Tokyo that is well known as the city’s most popular nightlife district among foreigners, offering a large number of foreigner friendly bars, restaurants and night clubs. It is located a minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Oedo Subway Lines and a 15-minute walk from Roppongi-Icchome Station on Nanboku Subway Line. It is about 10 minutes from Shinjuku Station by direct Oedo Subway Line.
Roppongi is both hated and loved. It is hated because it is sleazy and dangerous. You will find a lot of stories people being drugged and then robbed at a bar. Nevertheless, Roppongi is home to many cultural center and events. There are several museum in Roppongi such as National Art Center, Mori Art Museum and Tokyo Midtown’s Suntory Museum of Art. This place also host annual event such as Tokyo International Film Festival. If you like art and photography, you will fall in love with Roppongi.
I am, myself, went to Roppongi to attend The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival and during my stay there, I found that Roppongi is an interesting place. It is merry and quiet at the same time.
Things to Do in Roppongi
• Visiting Doraemon at TV Asahi.
This would be heaven for Doraemon’s fans. During the event, there, Doraemon also walked down the red carpet with a bunch of kid from all over the world
• Roaming around Roppongi Hills.
There are plenty public installation that you can see in Roppongi Hills such as Maman by Louise Bourgeois or sKape by Karim Rashid. Maman is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble sculpture in a spider form, spider is a creature with wisdom and patience, and is protective to their children, which is just like the image of Louise Bourgeois’ mother. Roppongi Hills Arena also a place must visit if you are in Roppongi. There lots of performance held in there such music performance or cosplay. You can also roam around in Mohri Garden.
• Visiting Mori Art Museum.
It is a place for world-class exhibition; focused mainly on contemporary and varied culture . However, the things that Mori Art Museum special is the location. It is located on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Mori Tower with spectacular views as the background. It is also equipped with bar, cafe, shop and panoramic observation deck. One ticket allows access to all areas, and the late opening hours maximize accessibility. The downside is the ticket kinda pricy compared to the free Tokyo Metropolitan Government building observatory. Nevertheless, the view in Mori is better.
• Enjoy the Nightlife.
The Roppongi after all is famous for its night scenes. There lots of bar available. If you go the bar, don’t bring your credit card. It is also helpful to stick drinking bottled beer and take the bottle with you to the toilet.
Where to Stay
Roppongi known as expensive place but there are few places that offer quite cheap places to stay. I was staying in Villa Fontaine during my visit to Roppongi. It located near the Roppongi-Itchome Station and 20 min walk to Roppongi Hills. The rate in Villa Fontaine is about 16000 yen/night. The room is decent and the staffs are nice. However, there are also other places who offered cheap rate such as Apa Hotel Roppongi Itchome Ekimae. it probably will cost you less than 10000 yen/night.
Where to eat
I personally advice you to download this application http://www.picrumb.com/best-restaurants/roppongi/. It can shows you the best place to eat in Roppongi with reasonable price. It is also show you how to get there through its picture crumbs. Even for the first timer in Tokyo, you wont get lost with this app. If you want to go with something extra cheap, then you can rely on Yoshinoya or Seven Eleven.
How to go there
From Haneda Airport, you can take limousine bus or bus to get to Roppongi. Limousine bus will drop you at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and if you are in Roppongi, it can drop you at Intercontinental Hotel. If you choose Metro, take the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station, then walk about 3 minutes to Daimon Station. Finally, take the Oedo Line to Roppongi Station. It is also useful for tourist to download the application in http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/smartphone/index.html .