Roppongi Travel Guide 六本木

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  • Roppongi is one of the most vibrant areas in Tokyo.  Whether it’s dining or shopping, there are plenty of choices in Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills.

    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    We often get asked by friends and readers on Japan travel tips and itineraries so we try our best to share our Japan experiences on the blog.  However, one city we didn’t have much travel content on was Tokyo.  Why?  Since Nami’s family only lives 7 miles (15 km) from Tokyo and 15 miles (23 km) to Shibuya, it never seemed like a “Japan travel destination” for us.

    As we get repeated request for Tokyo travel guide, we spent 6 days this past summer in Tokyo exploring different wards, activities to do, places to visit and eat.  This is just the beginning of our Tokyo travel guide and we’ll continue adding to these posts as we explore new adventure and experiences.  We hope you will enjoy traveling throughout Tokyo with our family.

    The reality is that it’s impossible to finish exploring Tokyo in 6 days, or even possibly a month.  There are simply way too many options for dining, sightseeing, and entertainment!  This is our first effort to share Tokyo with you and we hope you’ll enjoy our journey.  There is something for everyone in Tokyo so pick and choose what your heart desires when you visit.

    For the Tokyo travel guide series, we’ll share the following posts:

    1. Shinjuku 新宿
    2. Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
    3. Harajuku and Omotesando 原宿・表参道
    4. Shibuya 渋谷
    5. Roppongi 六本木ヒルズ
    6. Tokyo Tower (update) 東京タワー
    7. Ginza 銀座
    8. Imperial East Garden 皇居東御苑
    9. Akihabara 秋葉原
    10. Ueno 上野
    11. Kappabshi かっぱ橋道具街
    12. Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー
    13. Asakusa (update) 浅草
    14. Tokyo Sky Tree (update) 東京スカイツリー
    15. Odaiba お台場

    You might notice there are many areas/wards/stations we missed in Tokyo from the above list, like Tokyo Station.  It’s because we simply ran out of time to cover and will add it in a future trip.  If you have any specific requests, please comment below and we’ll try to add it to our future itineraries.

    Roppongi Travel Guide

    The Roppongi area received a facelift in the 2000’s with the rise Roppongi Hills (2003) and Tokyo Midterm (2007) large development projects.  These projects created a neighborhood that attracted affluent shoppers, fabulous restaurants, and offers one of the best nightlife in Tokyo for both Japanese and foreigners.

    Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Roppongi Hills 六本木ヒルズ

    I shared our visit to Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum earlier on the blog.  Now let’s roam around the rest of Roppongi Hills.

    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Metro Hat Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Metro Hat Roppongi Hills.

    When you’re at Roppongi Hills, you can’t miss the Metro Hat.  It is the Hibiya Line exit to Roppongi Hills.  Right near the exit of the Metro Hat is the 66 Plaza.

    During the summer, there are many life-sized statues of Doraemon at the plaza in front of Mori Tower as part of TV Asahi’s Summer Station.  Many children were so happy running around and posing with 66 Doraemon wearing different outfits and having different expressions including ours.

    Doraemon Statue Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Just One Cookbook children with Doraemon in front of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    The centerpiece of Roppongi Hills is the Mori Tower.  The Mori Tower is one of the tallest building in Tokyo and it is a mixed-use building, with offices in the upper floors and retail shops and restaurants on the lower floors.

    Maman Spider Statue in front of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Maman Spider Statue at 66 Plaza Level.

    The building area is divided into 66 Plaza, Roppongi Hills Arena, and West Walk Mall.

    Roppongi Hills Arena - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Roppongi Hills Arena.
    Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    West Walk Mall at Roppongi Hills.

    Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    L'ATELIER de Joel Robuchon Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    L’ATELIER de Joel Robuchon Roppongi Hills.

    Besides Mori Tower, there are more dining and high-end shopping choices in the nearby buildings on Keyakizaka-dori.

    Giorgio Armani Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    JG Tokyo Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    JG Tokyo Roppongi Hills.

    Louis Vuitton Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    After spending the morning at Tokyo City View and Mori Art Museum, we browsed Roppongi Hills for a bit then headed over to Roppongi Yokocho for lunch.  On the way, we saw a familiar American restaurant.

    Shake Shack Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Shake Shack Roppongi Hills.

    Roppongi Yokocho 六本木横丁

    Our first lunch choice was Tsurutontan but the line was out the door.  Our children were getting hungry so we ended up having delicious tsukemen at Menshou Taketora nearby.

    Tsurutontan Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tsurutotan

    plastic noodle in front of Tsurutontan Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Menshou Taketora is known for their ramen and tsukemen.  In case you’re not familiar with tsukemen, it’s a ramen-style where the noodle is served separately from the broth (you can try my Tsukemen recipe here).  You enjoy tsukemen by dipping it in the broth and then slurping them.  The #1 ramen shop in Japan the past few years was won by a tsukemen restaurant, Tomita.

    menshou-taketora Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Menshou Taketora Roppongi.

    The tsukemen and all the food we ordered at Taketora were really good.  As Roppongi is a drinking hotspot at night, many restaurants allow smoking so our dining room had a bit of cigarette smell.  Just keep in mind if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke when traveling to Japan.

    Noko goma hiyashi tsukemen menshou-taketora Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Noko goma hiyashi tsukemen.
    URA-TAKETORA SPICY TSUKEMEN menshou-taketora Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Ura-Taketora Spicy Tsukemen.
    Spicy Minced Meat Rice menshou-taketora Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Spicy Minced Meat Rice.

    gyoza at menshou-taketora Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    During the day, the streets around Roppongi Yokocho are pretty quiet.  If you are looking for spots to eat and drink at night, don’t forget to check out this area.

    Roppongi Yokocho - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Roppongi Yokocho - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Roppongi Yokocho - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Hard Rock Cafe Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Hard Rock Cafe Roppongi.
    Yelo Kakigori Cafe & Bar Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    People lining up at Yelo Kakigori Cafe & Bar Roppongi.

    Empire Steak House Roppongi - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    After visiting Roppongi Hills, head over to the other side of Roppongi Station to Tokyo Midtown.

    Subway sign for Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Tokyo Midtown 東京ミッドタウン

    Tokyo Midtown on a black column - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    entrance to Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo Midtown Plaza.
    MYOMU at Tokyo Midtown plaza - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    MYOMU sculpture Tokyo Midtown Plaza.

    If you haven’t been to Tokyo Midtown we highly recommend it.  Similar to Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown is made up of several buildings filled with many shopping and dining choices.  What’s more unique about Tokyo Midtown is that it’s surrounded by a large garden with art installations spread throughout both the interior and exterior.

    Tokyo Midtown entrance steel pillars - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Before heading into Tokyo Midtown, let’s check out Fujifilm Square first.  During our visit, we met up with our good friend John Hall from John Hall Portraits and stopped by the Fujifilm Square to see the latest camera models from Fuji Film.

    Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Fujifilm Square.

    At Fujifilm Square, there is a gallery, a photo history museum, and the latest Fuji camera for visitors to try and test out.

    photographs on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Fujifilm Photo Salon.

    photograph on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    vintage camera on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Vintage camera on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown.

    vintage camera on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    vintage camera and lenses on display at Fujifilm Square Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Just One Cookbook child taking photo with a camera at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Our photographer in training.

    Ready to head inside Tokyo Midtown?

    Tokyo Midtown logo - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    When it was built in the 2000’s, Tokyo Midtown Tower was the tallest building in Tokyo.  Today, the Plaza and Galleria are filled with offices, restaurants, shops, and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at the top of the Midtown Tower building.

    Tokyo Midtown floor guide - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    The inside of Tokyo Midtown is absolutely gorgeous, with water walls, bamboo trees, and streams of water flowing down from the ceiling.  We love the tranquility of the interior and the sense of calmness it creates inside a bustling mall.

    water flowing down a beautiful reflective wall at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Water flowing down a wall at Tokyo Midtown.

    inside Tokyo Midtown looking up at different floors - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    water stream from the ceiling at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Wind Chimes Shade at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Wind Chimes Shade Tokyo Midtown.

    Just One Cookbook children in front of Wind Chimes Shade at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    looking at bamboo trees and beautifully lit floors at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    The shops at Tokyo Midtown include Muji and many Japanese food specialty shops, including our favorite dashi company Kayanoya.

    Muji store inside Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Kayanoya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Kayanoya shop Tokyo Midtown.

    food stalls inside Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Sake shop Fukumitsuya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Sake shop Fukumitsuya Tokyo Midtown.

    In Japan, there are high-end fruit shops that are meant for gift giving.  Besides the $100 musk melon and other expensive fruits, you can also find very expensive square watermelons.  Their prices are anywhere between $100 to $200 USD each.

    square watermelon fruit shop inside Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Toraya in Tokyo Midtown

    To rest our legs after walking all day, we enjoyed Japanese desserts at Toraya inside Tokyo Midtown.  Toraya was founded in the 1600’s in Kyoto and has 80 shops throughout Japan.  They are known for their wagashi including yokan and monaka,

    display inside Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    display inside Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Just One Cookbook children inside Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Since it was summer time, we cooled down with some Japanese shaved ice kakigori and anmitsu (jelly with red bean paste) at Toraya.

    green tea shaved ice at Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    mikan shaved ice at Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Japanese dessert at Toraya Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Midtown Garden

    A big differentiator for Tokyo Midtown compared to other large Tokyo complexes is its surrounding large green area and park.

    sign for Midtown Garden and Hinokicho Park at Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    Tokyo Midtown Garden - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tokyo Midtown Garden.
    Fragment No.5 at Tokyo Midtown Garden - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com
    Fragment No.5 at Tokyo Midtown Garden.

    The garden transforms at night into a beautifully lit paradise with Starlight Garden as its centerpiece.

    Tokyo Midtown Garden at night - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    The starlight garden emitted mist with colorful light patterns both inside the garden area and around the edge of the platform.

    illumination at Starlight Garden Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    illumination at Starlight Garden Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    It was really beautiful to watch and cool down with the vapor mist in the summer heat.

    illumination at Starlight Garden Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    illumination at Starlight Garden Tokyo Midtown - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    As night falls, Tokyo is the city that never sleeps.  Go to nearby Tokyo Tower and take in the night view.  We went there a few years back and had a lot of fun!

    You might wonder where we had dinner in Roppongi before checking out the Starlight Garden. We dined at Inakaya and the restaurant post will be coming shortly.

    Inakaya West - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    After the Starlight Garden, it’s time to call it a night.  The train was packed with businessmen and women who seemed to just get off work.

    crowded ride on subway in Tokyo - Tokyo Roppongi Travel Guide | www.justonecookbook.com

    As always, thank you for reading our travel post on Roppongi Hills.  We hope you enjoyed traveling with us.  If you are interested in reading about other parts of Japan, click here to read about our other travel experiences.

    1. Shinjuku 新宿
    2. Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
    3. Harajuku and Omotesando 原宿・表参道
    4. Shibuya 渋谷
    5. Roppongi 六本木ヒルズ
    6. Tokyo Tower (update) 東京タワー
    7. Ginza 銀座
    8. Imperial East Garden 皇居東御苑
    9. Akihabara 秋葉原
    10. Ueno 上野
    11. Kappabshi かっぱ橋道具街
    12. Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー
    13. Asakusa (update) 浅草
    14. Tokyo Sky Tree (update) 東京スカイツリー
    15. Odaiba お台場

    See you in Tokyo Tower.

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