Roppongi district in Tokyo is famous for its nightlife, parties, and bars. It’s easy to dismiss this neighborhood if you’re not into nightlife but don’t dismiss it just yet! After spending 2 days around Roppongi, it is so much more to offer than bars – trust me! Especially if you love food like me.
Roppongi is so diverse, filled with restaurants, cafes, shopping, parks, and temples – I find it’s more towards the western side which you will easily notice after evening sets in. It is also a great hub to visit nearby areas such as Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku.
Explore the beauty of this district, and here are the 10 best things to do in Roppongi Tokyo plus food and restaurant recommendations in this guide:
1. Say hello to Maman, your resident GIANT spider
Head up to Roppongi Hills, by the tower – you can’t miss the towering giant spider with long slim legs. It’s a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, a French artist. If you go beneath it and look up, the sack looks like a sack of little spider eggs!
I dare you to take a picture with it! She won’t bite – I promise!
Address: Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo-to
2. Get cultured at Mori Art Museum and admire the view from the observatory deck
Opposite the Spider sculpture on top of the Mori tower is Tokyo’s largest contemporary art museum. Here, you can also vii the observatory deck and get amazing views of Tokyo Skyline with Tokyo Tower in it. I hear on a very clear day, you can see Mt Fuji outline.
3. Must eat at Ichiran Ramen
Yes, the famous Ichiran ramen is located 10 minutes from Roppongi station. You have to visit here and experience their delicious broth.
For those of you who are new to Ichiran, it’s a place where you can eat on your own separated by boards and you don’t need to interact with any staff either. You get your order from the ticket machine and leave it in front of you when you’re seated. A person behind the cloth will take your order and place your noodles in front of you. The boards can be taken down if you’re with a friend but that’s only applicable in Shibuya branch.
The best part about the branch in Roppongi? No queues! Unlike the one in Shibuya, not many people i.e tourist knows about this branch and it’s easier or quicker to get a seat. Don’t worry, the taste is exactly the same as the branch in Shibuya and it’s open 24 hours.
Ichiran Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 4 Chome−11−11 六本木GMビル 2F
Wondering where to stay at Roppongi? Try Candeo Hotels Roppongi which is by the station and it has a beautiful Rooftop Sky Spa onsen!
4. Eat delicious shaved ice at Yelo Kakigore
5 minutes from Roppongi station, opposite Candeo Hotels is a delicious basement spot that you cannot miss! You must try it even in winter!
It’s Japan’s famous shaved ice. It’s incredibly soft like snow. Choose your flavour either Mango, Tiramisu or perhaps Matcha and add toppings like Oreo, granola or sprinkles but you must add the cream to it – it’s like condensed milk and its’ oh so good!
Yelo Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 5 Chome−2−11 パティオ六本木
5. Slurp a BIG bowl of Udon at Tsuru
Tsuru Ton Tan udon restaurant came highly recommended. They served bowls of udon the side of your head, actually its probably bigger. Bigger is better as some say? This one is so true! You can choose your portion size, they all come in a big bowl and the udon itself is delicious. I had the curry udon and beef udon and both were delicious. The meat was fried to perfection and not soggy with the curry, and the beef udon was tender and abundant plus it also included konjac noodles. One of the restaurants to put on your list to try!
When you visit, don’t forget to check out their toilet! Random but it’s the only restaurant toilet that I have seen which provides, mouthwash, tampons, make up pads for free!
Tsuru Ton Tan Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 3 Chome−14−12 六本木三丁目ビル 1F
6. Go up Tokyo Tower
The iconic Tokyo Tower is a must-visit here in Tokyo. The view from its observation deck is incredible but do try and find a great angle to take a picture with it too. Make sure to catch a glimpse of the tower at night, it changes colour!
7. Shop at Don Quijote
I’m sure you have heard of Don Quijote, if you haven’t – then you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you visit. It’s a multi-story shopping centre if you will, 7 to 8 floors and they carry almost everything you need. From all the beauty products – facemasks, pokemon, and anime make up to the weird and wonderful beauty products. Kit kat of all flavours are sold here and a vast array of snacks. Medicine and food products and ramen plus those adorable crazy socks are sold here too. Odds are Donki is selling them cheaper than most places in Tokyo.
I find the one in Roppongi is less crowded than the others in Tokyo. Don’t forget if you are a tourist, use the tax-free checkout counter and bring your passport!
And they are open 24 hours!
Don Quijote Address: Chome-14-10 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
8. Play with Hedgehogs and Bunnies
If you have time, visit Harry’s Hedgehog cafe! They are the cutest animals ever! There’s also a bunny cafe too and I read it has a Fennec Fox. And it’s only a few minutes away from Roppongi station.
Harry Address: Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 6 Chome−7−2 岩堀ビル3F
Phone: +81 3-3404-8100
9. Pray at Zozoji Temple
Away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo is this beautiful temple with a glorious view of Tokyo Tower. Grab a hot sweet potato snack just outside and take in the beautiful scenery around you. Cleanse yourself first and say a prayer for good luck and get some lucky charms. Did you know this temple was featured in the Wolverine movie?
ADDRESS: 4 Chome-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan
10. Have a drink at a bar
There’s an array of bars and clubs here, from a Brewdog to Hard rock cafe, and lots of local bars dotted around. Roppongi is well known for its nightlife and bar scene in Tokyo so why not join in the fun!