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Roppongi nightscape | © electricnude/Flickr
Roppongi nightscape | © electricnude/Flickr

The Best Things To See & Do In Roppongi

Picture of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer
Updated: 9 February 2017
Roppongi is famous for its nighttime entertainment, but there’s more to this district than expensive bars and exclusive restaurants. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most inspiring architecture, its most beautiful temples and shrines and so much more. Here are our top things to do and see in the Roppongi district of Tokyo.

Mori Art Museum

The Mori Art Museum is located inside the Roppongi Hills Mall. It is Tokyo’s largest museum of contemporary art. Since the exhibitions change often, the museum is easy to come back to again and again. Besides the unique artistic displays, the Mori Art Museum contains THE SUN, a cafe, and THE MOON, a restaurant. Since the museum is located on the 34th and 35th floors, both venues provide excellent views of downtown. On sunny days, museum goers can check out the museum’s Tokyo City View Observation Deck and Rooftop Sky Deck for even more amazing photo ops.

6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-6108

An image of teamLab's interactive digital installation, "Crows Are Chased and the Chasing Crows Are Destined to be Chased As Well, Blossoming on Collision - Light in Space" | © Alicia Joy

An image of teamLab’s interactive digital installation at the Mori Art Museum, “Crows Are Chased and the Chasing Crows Are Destined to be Chased As Well, Blossoming on Collision – Light in Space” | © Alicia Joy

Roppongi Sakurazaka and Keyakizaki Dori

These are the tree-lined roads featured in postcards, pictures and guidebooks of Roppongi. Find them in the area around Roppongi Hills Mall and the Sakurazaka Park, the 6-Chome of the district. The avenue is particularly beautiful in the spring during sakura season, and in December for the Christmas illuminations.

1-16-46 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

Tokyo Midtown

When Tokyo Midtown was completed in 2007, it was the tallest building in Tokyo. These days, it may have dropped into second place but it’s no less impressive. The structure actually contains office spaces, apartments, museums and a mall, making it a literal one-stop shop for the people who live there. The district’s other well-known mall, Roppongi Hills, is also a multipurpose building. In addition to fashion, lifestyle and food shops, find the Suntory Museum of Art and 21_21 Design Sight, a gallery created by famous Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 07-0052

Inside Tokyo Midtown mall in Roppongi | © Alicia Joy

Inside Tokyo Midtown mall in Roppongi | © Alicia Joy

Shrines and Temples

Roppongi is home to numerous shrines, temples and cultural sites both big and small. Nogi Shrine is located North-West of Tokyo Midtown. It was erected on the residence of a former general and his wife who committed suicide upon hearing news of the Meiji Emperor’s death. Zojoji, a Buddhist Temple, is located east of Roppongi Hills in Shiba Park. It’s main gate is one of the oldest surviving wooden structures in Tokyo.

8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Nightlife

Roppongi has a high concentration of nighttime entertainment venues. It also has a reputation for being popular with foreigners who like to frequent the area much more than Shinjuku, Ginza or Shibuya. The 5-Chome area alone is home to ESPRIT TOKYO, V2 TOKYO and Roppongi CLUB EDGE, a live music venue and many more. There are also countless restaurants, bars, pubs and beer halls scattered around the side streets between Roppongi-Itchome and Nogizaka Stations.

The National Art Center

The National Art Center is one of Asia’s largest exhibition halls. The center is rented out to third-party organizations who want to showcase their collections or curate a temporary exhibit. Despite this unusual approach, the exhibitions put on by the National Art Center are some of the most visited in the world. Check their website for information on the latest exhibits.

7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558