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Roppongi is the perfect spot to look for great food, trendy bars, happening clubs, and an exciting nightlife!

Roppongi Hills Observatory Tokyo Tower

After a long day traversing through the city of Tokyo, there’s no better way to wrap up a day of sightseeing then to go to an observatory and overlook the streets you walked and the buildings you passed. At Roppongi Hill’s, Mori Tower, the only rooftop sky deck in Tokyo lies waiting for you to see the beauty within this city from a bird’s-eye view!

Roppongi Hills is located in the Minato district of Tokyo. There are shops and restaurants, a movie theatre, the Mori Art Museum, and of course, the Tokyo City View Sky Deck! With the inside observatory on the 52 floor, and the outside sky deck on the rooftop, you can see the entire city from both indoors and out!

Despite it’s name, there is no hike required when venturing to Roppongi Hills. This, however, is just the name that one of the largest property developments in Tokyo was given.

Roppongi Hills Observatory upwards

Depending on where you may come from, the idea of an open-air observatory may seem a little new to you. While some countries have more than others, Japan’s list of these rooftop observatories is limited. Making the trip over to Roppongi Hills is definitely recommended during your stay in Japan!

Unlike many cities, Tokyo is not a city with skyscrapers on every block. Fortunately, this makes the views from observatories in Tokyo even more breathtaking!

Also, within the area, there is much to do! With hundreds of restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars, the Roppongi area will keep you entertained, whether its 3pm or 3am!

 

Get Involved at the Roppongi Hills Observatory

If you’re a long-time visitor of Tokyo, you may be interested in attending one of the seminars and workshops Roppongi Hills has to offer. Every fourth Friday of the month, there are events open for the public focusing on astronomy. These events do not require any special membership, so everyone is welcome to participate!

If you’re not interested in astronomy, or even if you’re not in Tokyo for very long, Roppongi Hills Observatory is also hosting a photo contest that only requires one visit to Roppongi Hills and one outstanding picture that will stand apart from the rest.

With multiple periods to enter, there are also multiple winners! You can find details about the contest here! Photos taken at the observatory as well as photos of Tokyo’s landscape including Roppongi Hills, will be accepted!

Roppongi Hills Observatory tulips

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Nearest Station: Roppongi Station

Hours of Operation: 10am- 11pm

Price: General admission is 1,800 yen. Discount rates for children, students, and seniors are also available: Seniors 1,500, Students 1,200, and children 600 yen.

March 22, 2017 0 comment
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tokyo photography top museum

If you are a lover of photography, Japan is full of great places to indulge in the art.  Whether you are an artist hoping to make your way in Tokyo or you just enjoy taking snap shots, here is a quick list of top Tokyo photography museums.

 

Top Tokyo Photography Museums: Axis Building

tokyo photography AxisThe five-story Axis Building has a number of showrooms that frequently feature photography.  The two main showrooms are The IMA Concept Store and the Taka Ishii Gallery.  IMA is a Tokyo photography book store dedicated to showing off the photographer’s work. The Taka Ishii Gallery is a traditional gallery, but it’s strictly for the work of Japanese photographers. They change displays every three to four weeks, which gives you plenty of reasons to keep coming back.  All galleries is that they are all free to the public.

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Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.

 

Fuji Film Square

Tokyo Photography fujifilmWhen people think of Roppongi, they usually think about clubbing and the nightlife.  But what you might not know is that Roppongi is hosts many of the top Tokyo photography galleries, and one of the best in the area is on the ground floor of the Fuji Film building.  This gallery has displays of every Fuji Film camera all the way back to the founding of the company.

One of the really great things about the Fuji Film Gallery that anyone can have their photos shown here. All you have to do is fill out a small application and send it in with your pictures.  Your photos will be reviewed, and if they like them they will go up in the gallery.  the snag is that it costs 2,000 yen per picture to have them reviewed, and if you want your pictures returned it will cost you another 2,000 yen.  But if you’re confident in your work, give it a shot!

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Nearest Station: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Free

Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10am – 7pm, last admission ten minutes before closing.

 

Top Museum

tokyo photography top museumTop Museum is an awe-inspiring Tokyo photography gallery, with three floors dedicated to some of the greatest photographers of all time.  The basement floor houses the works of lesser-known artists who do not lack for skill or expressive subjects. Critics say that the work in the basement is hit-or-miss in terms of quality, so I suggest you keep an open mind when you visit.

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Nearest Station: 9-minute walk from Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Admission: Varies for different exhibits.

Hours of Operation: Open daily 10am – 8pm; last entry 30 minutes prior to closing

 

Zen Foto Gallery

Tokyo Photography Zen FotoAnother spot for Tokyo photography in Roppongi is the Zen Foto Gallery.  Zen Foto Gallery is rather small, but makes up for it with their remarkable displays from both Japanese and international photographers.  They change their content about once a month, so making a return visit can be well worth your while.

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Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open 12am – 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday, Monday and National Holidays.

December 8, 2016 0 comment
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The Public Six Tokyo 12

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Finished with work and looking for a place to wind down in the evening?  Tired of the usual izakaya?  Why not experience one of Tokyo’s newest Japanese-style gastropub/sports bars? Check out THE PUBLIC SIX in Roppongi.

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THE PUBLIC SIX pride themselves as the perfect international gastropub and sports bar experience. It is the perfect spot to meet with friends any night of the week for a beer and a plate.

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And what plates they are! Nearly every item in their English menus are pub classics made fresh. BEHOLD!

Food at THE PUBLIC SIX

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You CANNOT have a pub without Fish and Chips.  THE PUBLIC SIX uses Pacific cod fried to golden perfection. It is accompanied by a house-made tartar sauce that will leave your mouth watering, waiting for that second bite. (¥1200)

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Looking for something “greener”?  Their Grilled Caesar Salad is made from fresh Romaine lettuce from Nagano. (¥1200)

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Our recommendation would have to be the Grilled Roll Steak.  This delectable item is made from a ribeye steak from the U.S. and is served with an Awajishima onion sauce. (¥2600)

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And for dessert, a French classic is available… with a Japanese twist.  The Roasted Green Tea Crème Brulee is a sweet treat well worth the trip. (¥600)

Can’t decide what to eat?  Try out a “Public Course” and taste a number of items!  There are two options for the Public Courses: For 2,000¥ you can get the Casual Course a.k.a. the “PUB 4” and try a set four items.  Want to go for even more food?  The Premium Course, a.k.a the “GASTRO 7,” is ¥4,000 and is essentially a 7 course meal!

Craft Beer at THE PUBLIC SIX

The most essential item on any pub or bar menu is the beer, and THE PUBLIC SIX does not disappoint.

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The Public Six offers six Japanese craft beers all on tap, each different from the others.  Their selection includes golden and white ales, a lager, an IPA, a stout, and a fruit beer.

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And if beer isn’t your thing, THE PUBLIC SIX also has a wide assortment of other selections, including nihonshu and sochu.

They even offer a Nomihoudai (all you can drink) that you can add onto either of the Public Courses!  Two hours for ¥2000, and for ¥3000 you can try all their craft beers and their nihonshu and sochu!

Cigars at THE PUBLIC SIX

So you’ve had your fish and chips and you’ve had your fill on the great food and the craft beer, what could you use to end your great night out?  How about finishing it off with a classy smoke?

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THE PUBLIC SIX has ten different cigars available for purchase.  Their handy Cigar Menu rates how strong each one is and how long it takes to smoke through one.  Don’t want to be caught halfway through a 3,500¥ Cohiba Robustos when you have to be somewhere in an hour, right?

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Not that you’re going to want to leave anytime soon. With good food, great beer, and an after-meal cigar, THE PUBLIC SIX is going to be your new favorite after-work hangout!

THE PUBLIC SIX – Gastro Pub and Sports Bar

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Roppongi Station (click on the map for directions)

Hours of Operation:  Mon-Sat 5pm to 5am (last order 4am); Sun & Public holiday 5pm to 3am (last order 2am)

“Why Go?”: Tasty food, craft beer, and a fine cigar makes for a fine meal. Get to The Public Six and get yours!

November 1, 2016 0 comment
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Harinezumi Cafe Harry Roppongi Tokyo Japan 2

Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are undoubtedly one of the cutest animals on the planet. And lucky for you, the world’s first hedgehog café has opened up right in Roppongi! The Harinezumi Café Harry (called “Hedgehog Café Harry” in their social media) is the Roppongi Hedgehog Café to go to! The café sits in a quiet little alley near Roppongi’s crowded streets. Usually there is a small line outside, because there is limited room and seating area in the café. But once you get inside, you’ll find it is well worth the wait. Or you can skip to the front of the line with a reservation by our good friends at Voyagin!

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See?

The room is filled with glass tanks containing hedgehogs. Although some are ambling about, many are in little balls, sleeping. When you sit down, attendants will bring you a tiny hedgehog in a shoebox for you to play with for a bit. In one 30-minute session you will play with multiple hedgehogs, since they can be overwhelmed if they are played with for too long.

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When held, the hedgehogs are friendly, but also very squirmy. Make sure you hold onto them and be careful so they don’t fall. Also, I don’t know what I was expecting, but when their quills prick you, it hurts. It’s not the worst feeling in the world, but be ready to feel like you’ve just played with a really cute cactus.

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Most visitors only stay for 30-minute periods, but their website can be used to make one-hour reservations (English). English service is available, because 1/3- 1/2 of their customers are visitors and tourists. And if you fall in love with these little guys (and have a home in Japan where they can live), Harry’s hedgehogs are also available for adoption. Hedgehog adoption prices range from ¥30,000- ¥100,000. If you are not accustomed to caring for a hedgehog (or just want to know what you might be getting yourself into), they also have a hedgehog care manual online. (“Let’s Embrace the Hedgehog” is my favorite part, but the list of “Hedgehog Personality Types” also triggers an awww…)

Hedgehog

For people concerned about the animals’ well-being, the hedgehogs are well taken care of. The workers take extra caution to ensure that the animals are comfortable. The cages are a good size, and the hedgehogs seem happy and healthy. If a hedgehog is asleep, they will be left alone. If you are visiting with small children, please be aware that hedgehogs are prickly, and a quill-sting might surprise a child and result in a dropped hedgehog if we are not careful. Please be kind to our pokey little friends!

I would really recommend going so long as you don’t mind being prickled a bit. The hedgehogs are all friendly and quite adorable. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are allergic to animal dander, you can react from the quill pricks. Wash your hands often. Visiting is a great experience and you will get a lot of great pictures from your trip.

Harinezumi Café Harry – Roppongi Hedgehog Café Location Information

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Nearest Station: 1 minute walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line Exit No. 3). Located under the Ms. Bunny Cafe.

Hours of Operation: Open everyday 12:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Hedgehogs often sleep in the morning and the middle of the day, so this café is open later than other animal cafés, so the hedgehogs will be fully awake.

Average Cost: On weekdays, a 30 minute stay is ¥1,000, and on weekends and holidays, 30 minute is ¥1,300. Let Voyagin help you with your reservation!

Why Go?: Harry’s Café is the only hedgehog café in the world; where else will you get the chance to hold an sweet little hedgehog?

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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My Scotch

Japanese whisky

It can get quiet in Roppongi, if you know where to go. After all, the bar and clubbing scene isn’t for everyone. Sometimes you would rather not have to deal with a TV blaring or a chipper bartender trying to drum up conversation. Occasionally, you are in the mood for a quiet Japanese whisky in a subdued setting.

MyScotch is eight floors up from the noisy Roppongi streets. It is dark and quiet, its décor elegantly understated to provide no distraction to your thoughts. And if you’re there at the right time of day, you can look out the narrow window and catch the sun as it descends below the skyline.

The drink selection at the bar is backlit with muted lights, and what a selection it is. Japanese whisky is taking the drinking world by storm, winning several different categories in the World Whiskies Awards. MyScotch has a sophisticated whisky selection, from the award-winning Yamazaki and Nikka selections to older and rarer whiskies that are out of production.

My Scotch
Sitting at the bar, I asked for the osusume, the specials. Our bartender lines up a number of Japanese whisky bottles on the bar for perusal. It is a fine representation of the bar’s offerings, ranging from Nikka’s Miyagikyo Single Malt to the rare Karuizawa 15 Years. The Karuizawa distillery has closed, explains the bartender, and this bottle is one of the last in existence.

I choose the Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Years, and my companion selects the aforementioned Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt. The bartender pours our selection in to a tumbler with a spherical ice ball, which are carved by hand on a daily basis at My Scotch Piano Bar. The Yamazaki had a bitter yet enjoyable edge, perfect for relaxing after a long day. The Miyagikyo Single Malt is smoother, and was an easy introduction for my friend (normally a beer drinker) to Japanese whisky.
My Scotch Piano Bar MyScotch does not limit themselves to whisky. There is a light menu available (English subtitled) and Suntory Premium Malts on draft. Happy hour starts upon opening and runs until 8 p.m. Piano performances are held on most nights, starting around 7:30 p.m.

So stop by, sit back, and relax. Let the music soothe, and enjoy the fine selection of whisky from Japan and elsewhere. Your busy life and the noisy city below can wait for a while.

My Scotch

My Scotch Piano Bar Information

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Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Roppongi Subway Station (Hibiya Line or Toei Oedo Line) (click on the google Map for directions)


Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 6:00PM – 2:00AM; Sundays and Holidays 6:00PM – 12:00AM.
Live music 7:30 PM to 12 AM.
“Why Go?”: Enjoy world-famous award-winning Japanese whisky in a relaxing environment.
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June 23, 2016 0 comment
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Snoopy Museum

If you are like me, a chunk of your childhood was spent at the kitchen table, reading Peanuts comics in the Sunday paper. So when in Tokyo, why not revisit one of the world’s favorite comic strip characters?

Snoopy Museum

The Snoopy Museum is located a short walk from the Roppongi train station. Beyond his fantastic work with the Peanuts strip, the museum has several exhibits related to Charles Schulz’s personal life. The biographical exhibits include photos of the cartoonist, sketches and pre-Peanuts comics, and vintage Peanuts mementos. The displays change periodically, so there’s always something new for a a Peanuts fan to discover!

Snoopy Museum

The museum’s gift shop, “Brown’s Store,” sells unique Peanuts-themed merchandise, available only at the Snoopy Museum. “Café Blanket,” named after Peanuts character Linus’s security blanket, has a relaxing atmosphere and is a fantastic place to grab a snack after exploring the museum. Before you leave, make sure to take pictures in front of the Snoopy statues out front!

Snoopy Museum Information

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And if you like to visit Japanese characters, check out Voyagin’s 45% discount on tickets to Sanrio’s Hello Kitty Puroland!

Nearest Station: 7 minute walking distance from Roppongi Station, and a 10 minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station


Hours of Operation: Everyday 10:00AM-8:00PM
Estimated Price: Adult admission is ¥1,800. Admission for university students is ¥1,200, high school students is ¥800, elementary school students is ¥400, and children under three years are admitted for free.
Online tickets may be purchased for five time slots: 10- 11:30 am, 12:00- 1:30 pm, 2:00- 3:30pm, 4:00- 5:30pm, and 6:00-7:30pm (18:00- 19:30). Online tickets can be purchased at all Japanese Lawson stores.
Why Go?: The Snoopy Museum features original drawings of Peanuts comics and other memorabilia, which can’t be seen anywhere else. Exhibits change twice a year, so you can keep coming back for more!
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June 16, 2016 0 comment
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Entrance to Star Wars: A Vision in Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo

“We’re going to see Star Wars:Visions at Roppongi Hills!” I announced.

The three young boys accepted this news with little enthusiasm. “I don’t like Star Wars,” said my younger nephew.

“I do!” said his older brother. “The raccoon and the dumb tree guy were really funny!”

“That’s not it!” my son interjected. “I saw the movie last week. It was just like the LEGO Star Wars video game! I mean, it wasn’t as good, but…”

This might be a little more difficult than I thought.

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We took the #96 bus from Shinagawa, which for 210 yen will put you right underneath the Roppongi Hills Shopping Center. You can also take the train (one of the Roppongi exits puts you right on the center’s grounds), but now that the warmer weather is here the scenic route isn’t so bad.

Roppongi Hills is taking full advantage of the event. Several stores are offering Star Wars-themed merchandise, from the obligatory t-shirts to the LEGO Clickbricks toy offerings to the artsy umbrellas at Hanway. There was also a ROOTOTE stand, where you can custom-design a Star Wars tote bag for 4000 yen. The missus got one of the Millennium Falcon, but only because there were no Han Solo designs. “He’s so handsome!” she said.

Not far from the ROOTOTE stand is a display of stormtrooper helmets, as modified and decorated by local art students. The interpretations range from the lazy artist calling it in and drawing numbers on the helmet to the guy who turned his into a split watermelon. A nice thing to spend a few minutes on, but that’s not what we’re here for, is it?

Case of helmets, Star Wars: Visions Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo

Star Wars:Vision Helmet by Dixie Wu in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

At the Mori Art Museum Tokyo City View entrance (at the West Walk), you will pass the nice lady and go up to the third floor for tickets. From there, you will be ushered to an elevator, which will zoom you to the 52nd floor. Be sure to swallow, or your ears will start popping around the 30th floor.

And you’re there! The first thing you will notice is the impressive view of the Tokyo skyline. The walls are actually floor-to-ceiling windows, through which you can take in the excellent view. At various points around the floor you will be able to see Tokyo Tower, the Skytree, Yoyogi Park, and other notable landmarks, all from this awesome bird’s eye view.

View of the Tokyo skyline and Tokyo Tower from Mori Tower in Roppongi, Tokyo

I was prepared to be wowed, and the entrance to the exhibit looked like my expectations would be fulfilled. The first thing I saw was the gigantic model of the Death Star hanging from the ceiling. This was the Return of the Jedi version, the almost completed yet “fully armed and operational” battle station, surrounded by scale models of Empire and Rebel fighter craft engaged in small-scale dogfights. Underneath the model was the man himself–a life-sized statue of Darth Vader, emerging from his meditation chamber.

Entrance to Star Wars: A Vision in Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo

Death Star at Star Wars: Vision at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Past that was the entrance to the exhibits themselves, and that’s where we saw it. “No photography beyond this point! No touching the exhibits!” the sign said, along with the obligatory Japanese lady repeating it over and over. They meant it, too. Throughout the rest of the exhibition, there were no shortage of staff members saying the same thing to anyone who even looked like they were reaching for a camera. So if you want to take pictures, you better get one with Darth Vader right at the entrance. Like a certain rougish smuggler, I was getting a bad feeling about this.

Darth Vader at Star Wars: Visions, Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo

The art itself was wonderful. The walls were covered in artwork from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (http://www.lucasmuseum.org). Much of it was interpretations of events in the series itself, along with aspirational pieces (girl stormtroopers) and even a few paintings of major characters in Ye Olde Portrait style. My favorite was the portrait of an unscarred Hayden Christensen in his Darth Vader costume, helmet at his side, with Mustafar’s fiery landscape in the background (none of which makes any sense if you think about it for a second).

Also present were props from the movies. One room contained replica lightsabers; another was full of mannequins wearing the costumes of characters from the movie. Yet another room featured dioramas and models from famous battles, such as Hoth and Naboo. Throughout the exhibition, screens endlessly looped pivotal scenes from the films. It was around these screens where I kept finding my son and nephews.

Once I thought about it, I can see why they weren’t interested. Yes, the Mori Art Museum is an art museum, not a playground. There are no interactive exhibits, nothing to play with or sit on or climb on or have your picture taken next to. Nothing but some dumb pictures and costumes for some old movies that their parents and grandparents liked. To our generation, Star Wars was a touchstone of popular culture. To them, it’s just another option in the seemingly endless parade of entertainment possibilities, no different from any of the other superhero movies that come out every year. To them, it was just like visiting–well, a museum.

At the end of the tour was the obligatory gift shop selling the various franchise-related tchotchke, including prints of some of the artwork featured in the exhibition. Outside were two coin and medal machines. A couple of guys were feeding them money as if they were Vegas slots, probably with the same goal in mind.

Summary: If you are an older fan, Star Wars: Visions offers an interesting perspective into the art that helped to shape the series. For children, it’s something you must endure so you can have McDonald’s for lunch. Really, would it have been too much to ask to allow people to take pictures of themselves next to mannequins of their favorite characters? A shot of me and my best bud Boba Fett would have had a long tenure as my Facebook profile pic.

Mori Art Museum, Star Wars: Visions Roppongi, Tokyo

Tokyo Skyline, Mori Art Musuem, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

Location: Roppongi Hills Mori Art Museum City View (Roppongi Station). The exhibition is open 1100-2200 daily (last admittance 2130) until June 28th.

Prices: Adult advance tickets can be purchased at convenience stores and other ticket outlets for 1500 yen. For reasons I do not readily understand, adult tickets are the only ones that can be purchased in advance in this manner. At the counter (third floor of the museum), prices are (in yen): Adults 1800, High School/College Students 1200, Seniors 1500, Children 600.

Website: Google Translate page at http://translate.google.co.jp/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.roppongihills.com%2Ftcv%2Fjp%2Fsw-visions%2F.

Looking for other ideas on fun things to do with kids? Check out Derek’s article 36 Hours in Tokyo: Kids in Tow.

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Derek Winston is retired from the US Navy and currently attends college in Tokyo. If you see him on the street, approach with caution; there’s no telling what you will end up talking about. It might be safer to limit your exposure by contacting him at derekrwinston@gmail.com. Might be.

 

 

May 17, 2015 0 comment
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Roppongi is known for the bar and club scene. This part of Tokyo rules the night with parties that would not stop until the sun rises and people leave while laughing with their friends at 24-hour izakayas to try to beat that hangover.

Since then, Roppongi has gotten a reputation for being a place that’s a little too expensive to go shopping at during the day, and a little too seedy to go out to at night. The groups of people, young and old, that used to walk the streets have been replaced with hosts and waitresses practically pulling you into their establishments so you can spend a little cash.

While the old club scene of Roppongi is a thing of the past, there are a few places opening up in this area that are trying to revamp the all night long party. Ele Tokyo, located just north of Azabu-Juban Station, is a club like Roppongi has never seen.

Ele Tokyo has made itself out to be the most upscale and classiest of clubs around, so be warned – they enforce a strict dress code and make no exceptions. No T-shirts, plain old jeans, hoodies, or open toes sandals are allowed here.

If your outfit is up to par, your I.D. accepted (you will not be able to get in without one), and you have paid the cover charge (guys up to ¥4000 depending on the DJ that night, free for ladies), it’s time to enjoy the club! Everything inside of Ele Tokyo is new, modern, and almost too beautiful. Step up to the titanium bar and order yourself a hand crafted one-of-a-kind cocktail, or a small snack to munch on. When you have had your fill of cocktails and chit-chat in the lounge area, move to the dimly-lit dance floor and dance to the great music spun by world-class DJs (see their upcoming line-up here).

Ele Tokyo Location Information

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Nearest Station: 4-minute walk from Azabu-Juban Station Exit #7 (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Open evenings 8pm – 1am

“Why Go?”: If you want a taste of what the new club scene in Roppongi is like, then head to Ele Tokyo and have a good night!

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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QUEST

The Australian bar & club Quest is a very popular dance spot in Roppongi, Tokyo. This bar only really gets going after about 3 a.m.,  especially on Friday and Saturday when a flood of mostly foreign guests arrive to do some serious drinking and dancing.

The fashionable club has flashing neon tables and blackjack games for toy money. The music will satisfy all tastes and ranges from the grinding guitars of rock to the swaying hips of salsa to the sweaty energy of trance and hip hop. Bring your dancing shoes!

To get to Quest, walk past the Hard Rock Cafe and keep an eye out for the club’s sign, which is, naturally, shaped like Australia.

International Ratio: More International
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 500-1200 JPY
Comments: No cover charge
Style: Casual to Smart Casual
Entrance Fee : no cover charge
Happy Hour: Yes
Happy Hour Price: 500 yen per standard drink
Happy Hour Time: 19:00-22:00
Music Genre: Mainstream/Pop, Hip-Hop, RnB and Techno/house
Suitable For singles, partying,

Address:5-3-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
GPS:35.66206208769927, 139.73329048227845
Telephone:03-5414-2225
Web:http://barquest-roppongi.com/

For more places to dance and drink the night away in Roppongi, try the elegant Ele Tokyo, rowdy Black Horse, or the Latin-flavored El Café Latino.

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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JUMANJI 55

Jumanji 55 is one of Roppongi’s busiest and oldest bars/clubs, and can be found down on of Roppongi’s many side streets. Probably about equal numbers of foreigners to Japanese, this place gets jam-packed on weekends, and occasionally on weekdays. There is often a line outside, but this usually goes down pretty fast. The inside isn’t small, even for Tokyo, but the sheer number of people drinking and dancing can make it feel crammed very quickly. If you don’t like having to grind up against people then Jumanji 55 probably isn’t for you.

The unusual mix of dinosaurs, pop culture figures and memorabilia makes the décor in Jumanji 55 a little different than your typical Roppongi bars and clubs. This gives the place a bit of quirky charm. This charm can quickly vanish though if you’re sober and surrounded by drunk people here, so I recommend getting your drink on if you’re planning on heading to Jumanji 55.

The drinks aren’t the best, but they are pretty strong and that’s really all that the customers here want. Cheap all-you-can-drink options are offered in the early evening and on ladies night. When all-you-can-drink isn’t on offer, drinks are average Roppongi prices, at around 1,000 yen each.

So if you want a messy, alcohol-fueled night of dancing and grinding to Billboard 100 tracks, Jumanji 55 in Roppongi is one of your best bets. You can usually trust it to have a reasonable amount of people on weekday nights too, unlike many Roppongi clubs.

Ready to move on? Roppongi has plenty of nearby nightclubs. Feria, Black Horse and Ele Tokyo are all great places to meet new people and dance to the latest music.

International Ratio: About equal
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Average Price: 1000 JPY
Comments: Cover charge on some days
Style: casual to smart-casual
Entrance Fee (Male): Depends on night/event
Entrance Fee (Female): Depends on night/event
Music Genre: Mainstream/Pop, Hip-Hop, RnB
Suitable For singles, partying

Address:3-10-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
GPS:35.6628844, 139.73428739999997
Telephone:03-5410-5455
Web:http://jumanji55.com/

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