Roppongi

Foreigner-friendly Roppongi rules central Tokyo's nightlife scene despite its ragged exterior.

Circled by the Yamanote Line to its north, Roppongi has lured foreigners to its all-night scene since its days as a hangout for Allied forces post-WWII. Roppongi's infamous watering holes take their toll on the area, resulting in an increasingly run-down array of worn-in facades. Roppongi contrasts its shabbiness with ultra-modern chicness at Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, luxury complexes that attract finance moguls, business magnates, and foreign dignitaries to shop, sake, and dine.

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On the Map

Roppongi is within Minato District and bordered by Roppongi Hills, Akasaka, and Aoyama

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 5 minutes by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 15 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 35 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 20 minutes by public transit or 25 minute walk

Diverse Roppongi: From Giddily Disheveled to Sleekly Decadent

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Near Tokyo's core, Roppongi took root when the Japanese army moved in during the late 19th century.

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The neighborhood really blossomed when the United States built its main military base in Roppongi's neighboring district after WWII.

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Roppongi became known as a center for entertainment.

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The neighborhood equally attracts ex-pats, international tourists, and locals to its bars, clubs, restaurants, and theatres.

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It boasts the largest number of foreign restaurants and unfamiliar names than anywhere else in Tokyo.

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Thrillists and fun-seekers flock to Roppongi's worn-in, slightly ragged, and completely cool bars and clubs when they want to cavort until daybreak.

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Two recent developments now stand in stark contrast to the rugged exteriors of Roppongi's nightspots.

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Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown's offices and shopping complexes soar above the neighborhood's previous dwellings.

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Their glittering windows look vastly different than the sun-faded facades in Roppongi's residential and entertainment districts.

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Their presence visually splits Roppongi into what feels like two different cities, but Roppongi is all of its parts.

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The math is simple.

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Historic Roppongi + Contemporary Roppongi = One Roppongi.

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Please take note that Roppongi is a bar/club district, so during Friday and Saturday nights the streets will be crowded. We had no problem with that, but a family with kids may want to consider this."

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Visited in 2013

Roppongi: The King of All-Night Nightlife

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Pub crawls are popular in Roppongi, one of the neighborhood's favorite ways to acquaint newcomers with its renowned and raucous nightlife.

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While Roppongi's once infamous nightclubs and discos have mostly moved across the bay, sonic aficionados, beat dreamers, and jazz lovers pack into its international music venues and pocket-sized bars.

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The neighborhood pulses with the sound of music.

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Its bouncers are no-nonsense, so be certain to play it cool in Roppongi.

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From innocent adult entertainment to risqué business, evening companion seekers find their niche in Roppongi's kyabakuras and "pink salons."

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Roppongi, walkable to almost all the main attractions, is a combination of Beverly Hills-like glitz and glamour and accessible western and Japanese pubs. It is also home to celebrities [and is] visited by people from all over the world for its top-class food and nighttime entertainment."

Clean Lines and Fine Suits In Roppongi Hills

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The visual difference between Roppongi's hard-playing, hard-partying entertainment district and its luxury shopping complexes is night and day.

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Literally, night and day.

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By day, designer label enthusiasts and dining connoisseurs venture to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown to find top-tier shopping and culinary establishments.

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Foreign diplomats and sleek business execs' silhouettes often walk past Roppongi Hills' block-long advertisements.

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By night, the fashion houses begin to clear out as many visitors head to the scruffier and more musically inclined side of Roppongi.

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Roppongi is one of the liveliest areas for night life and culture and it is full of restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters, museums, cafes, art book stores, and cinemas."

International Influences: Corporate Cafes and Familiar Names

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From upscale restaurants to street wise kebab trucks, daytime professionals and hungry night-owls find something that satisfies.

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Familiar international names like Tully's and Chandon fill Roppongi's cups.

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The neighborhood's diverse array of inhabitants makes way for uncommonly encountered cuisine in Tokyo.

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Swedish, Tahitian, and Belarusian restaurants serve alongside recognized brands like Starbucks.

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American-inspired grills and Italian-influenced street food stalls often stay open as long as Roppongi's partiers stay up.

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Roppongi is centrally located in Tokyo with great train access. It is a tourist attraction and has great shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs, etc."

Green Spaces In Roppongi

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Visitors appreciate Roppongi's divergent day and night activities.

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During the day, the neighborhood's green spaces fill with children, families, and daydreamers.

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Literally meaning "six trees," Roppongi's branched namesakes have since fallen.

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Now, many more than six trees line the manicured pathways between Roppongi's office buildings and the clean sidewalks of Roppongi's residential streets.

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Open air cafes and interactive museums offer wholesome alternatives to the neighborhood's bars and clubs.

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Modest shrines invite reflection and renewal.

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Day to Dusk: A View of Roppongi

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Good morning and good afternoon, Roppongi.

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The birds must enjoy quite a view, mustn't they?

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Good night and good luck, Roppongi.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Raymond is a Travel, Lifestyle and Portrait photographer originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up, his family lived in many places including Hokkaido, Japan. Influenced by his father, he took his first photography class at age fourteen. Later Raymond moved to New York and assisted the legendary photographer Steven Klein. Raymond splits his time between New York and Tokyo. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Travel + Leisure and many others. Over the span of his career he has shot thirty four countries.

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Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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