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Roppongi (六本木) is one of the main night life areas of Tokyo located with the Minato-ku ward. Roppongi has hundreds of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that are open until around 5am most nights which is around when the first trains run in the morning.
Most of the nightlife doesn't get started until late in the evening at around 10.30pm - 11pm. The bars and restaurants are all opened earlier thought he crowd hits Roppongi later. The main street of Roppongi, Gaien Higashi Dori is where the majority of the nightlife can be found. There are many laneways of these main street.
Zojoji Temple (増上寺) is a buddist temple just east of Roppongi in Shiba. The temple was first founded in the 1398 in the Kando region (East Japan) then moved to it's current place in 1598. It is located just below the Tokyo Tower. For more photos and information about Zojoji Temple click here.
Tokyo Tower is around a 15 - 20 minute walk from Roppongi. Tokyo Tower is 333 meters tall with the main observation deck 150 meters which gives 360 degree views over Tokyo and on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji. There is a smaller observation deck at 250m. The observation decks are open everyday from 9am - 10pm.
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Roppongi. Here is a selection with location details and restaurant reviews:
Itamae Sushi Restaurant (reviews) 3-13-9 Roppongi Minato-Ku Tokyo Ph: (03) 5770 5855. Open 24 hours a day. Located on the main street of Roppongi just down from TGI Fridays. For restaurant reviews for Itamae Sushi Restaurant click here.
Sushi Zanmai Sushi Restaurant (reviews) 3-10-9 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: (03) 5772 1005. Open 24 hours a day. Located just a block down from TGI Fridays. For restaurant reviews for Sushi Zanmai Sushi Restaurnat click here.
Spyro's Greek Restaurant (1 review) Morikawa Building 2F, 3-15-24 Roppongi Minato-ku Ph: 03-3796 2677. Open for lunch Mon - Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm. Open for dinner Mon - Sat 6pm - 11pm. Closed on Sunday. For restaurant reviews for Spyro's Greek Restaurant click here.
Trattoria Giliola Cucina Italiana Restaurant (1 review) 1F Kajikawa Seishido Building 3-10-9 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032 Ph:(03) 3405 4151. Open 7 days a week for lunch from 11.30am - 3pm and dinner from 5.30pm till 4am. Located on Roppongi Dori just up from The B Roppongi Hotel. For restaurant reviews for Trattoria Giliola Italian Restaurant click here.
Ristorante Italiano Sabatini Roppongi (1 review) Level 13 Ibis Hotel 14-4 Roppongi 7-chome Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: (03) 5411 2975. Open for lunch Mon - Fri 11.30pm - 3pm (2pm last order) Sat and Sun 11.30am - 4pm (3pm last order). Open for dinner Mon - Fri 5.30pm - 11pm (last order 10pm. Sat and Sun 5.30pm - 10pm (last order 9pm). For restaurant reviews for Sabatini Italian Restaurant click here.
Maxivin French Restaurant
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant and Bar (reviews) Hanatsubaki Bldg 2nd Floor 3-15-23 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: (03) 3475-4412. Open for lunch 11.30am - 2pm. Open for dinner from 5pm till late. Open until 4am Tuesday - Saturday. Open until 10.30pm Sunday and Monday. For restaurant reviews for La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant and Bar click here.
Tacos Mexican Bar and Restaurant (reviews) Roppongi Tokyo Ph: This restaurant is now CLOSED FOR BUSINESS. A small Mexcian Restaurant located in the heart of Roppongi. For restaurant reviews for Tacos Mexican Bar and Restaurant click here.
Samrat Indian Restaurant (reviews) 2F Shojikiya Building 10-10 4-Chome Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: 03-3478 5877. Open 7 days a week from 11am - 11.30pm. For restaurant reviews for Samrat Indian Restaurant click here.
Chinaroom Chinese Restaurant 6th Floor Grand Hyatt Hotel 6-10-3 Roppongi Tokyo Ph: 03-4333 8785. Open 7 days a week for lunch from 11.30am - 2.30pm and dinner 6pm - 9.30pm. Serve Dim Sum/Yum Cha at lunch time.
The French Kitchen Grand Hyatt Hotel 6-10-3 Roppongi Tokyo Ph: 03-4333 8781. Open 7 days a week from 6.30am - 9.30pm.
Fiorentina Italian Restaurant Grand Hyatt Hotel 6-10-3 Roppongi Tokyo Ph: 03-4333 8780. Open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 9.30pm.
Last updated 7th May 2013
The National Art Centre Tokyo is located 530m from Roppongi Crossing. The walk is well sign posted with directions to the art gallery.
Mori Art Museum is located in Roppongi on the top 6 floors the 54 story Mori Tower. As well as some great contemporary art, there are fantastic views of Tokyo. The exhibitions at Mori Art Museum are constantly changing.
Suntory Museum of Art is located within the Galleries Shopping Mall in the Tokyo Midtown Centre. The Suntory Museum of Art is just a 5 minutes walk from The National Art Centre.
There are too many bars and and nightclubs to list here though these are the more popular ones which have been around for awhile. Many of the bars open and shutdown or change names in a short period of time.
TGI Friday's is a good traditional American bar and restaurant serving food and drinks. Is usually busy with decent music not played too loud so you can still have a chat.
Hard Rock Cafe - no large city nightlife scene is complete without it's own Hard Rock Cafe. The Hard Rock Cafe Roppongi is located right in the centre of all the nightlife action, just across from TGI Fridays. Right in front of The Hard Rock Cafe is the Hard Rock Store to buy your souvenir t-shirt.
Jumanji is a night club located just down the laneway from TGI Fridays. Playing loud dance music until 5am.
Warning - there are plenty of African men (from West African - Senegal and Nigeria) on the streets of Roppongi trying to get you to visit some of the bars. These men are mostly harmless and can be a good laugh. Though generally they are trying to get you into the bars and strip clubs where the prices are much higher than other bars and clubs in Roppongi.
There are 2 main shopping plazas in Roppongi. 1 is the Roppongi Hills complex and the other is Tokyo Midtown which features the Galleries shopping plaza with a range of high end shops and restaurants.
The B Roppongi Hotel (1 review) 3-9-8 Roppongi Minato-Ku Tokyo Ph: (03) 5412 0451. Located just 1 minutes walk from Roppongi Crossing in the heart of Roppongi. Room prices start from 14,000 (US$180) per night. Room prices varies by day and month. For hotel reviews for The B Roppongi click here.
Ibis Hotel Roppongi (1 review) 2.5 star hotel located in the heart of Roppongi. 7-14-4 Roppongi Tokyo Ph: (03) 3403 4411. For more photos and hotel reviews for Ibis Hotel Roppongi click here.
Hotel Arca Torre Roppongi (reviews) 6-1-23 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: 03-3404 5111. A 3 star hotel located close to the centre of Roppongi Tokyo. Room prices from US$140 per night. For more photos, online reservations and hotel reviews for Hotel Arca Torre Roppongi click here.
Grand Hyatt Hotel 6-10-3 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Ph: +81 3 4333 1234. A 5 star hotel in Roppongi.
Finding an ATM Bank Automatic Cash Machine in Roppongi
It is not easy to find an ATM ( Bank Automatic Teller Machine) in Roppongi that accepts international issue bank cards. There used to be a 7Eleven store on the main road, just down from Roppongi Crossing though that is now closed. All the other conveniences stores like Lawson have ATMs but they only accept bank cards issued by Japanese Banks or Citibank,
The only ATMS that I could find was in Roppongi Hills Shopping complex, Enter the West Walk and turn left just after the information counter and there is are 2 Citibank ATM machines they accept Mastercard, VISA, Cirrus, Maestro cards. Roppongi Hills is around 380 meters walk from Roppongi Crossing.
If you are planning a big night in Roppongi then make sure you cash up before you arrive.
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