Walk with me through Roppongi, starting from the luxurious Roppongi Hills area, passing through the heart of the night life district, and arriving in the Tokyo Midtown area.
With so many restaurants, bars and clubs in Roppongi, this tour may be best for those staying out late. That being said, there is much more to Roppongi than clubs and bars so everyone will walk away with something.
Roppongi Hills, Roppongi Crossing, Tokyo Midtown
We'll be starting next to the Spider statue, or Maman, outside the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.
Exit from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line) exit 4 and go up the long escalator. You will see the Spider statue (Maman) as you reach the top.
If coming from Oedo Line, use exit 3, go to the street level, turn left and walk for a few minutes. Eventually you will come upon some concrete stairs (before the traffic light) which ascend in the direction of the largest building in the area (the blue/grey Roppongi Hills building). You will find the spider statue shortly after ascending the stairs.
Places to stop along the way:
Roppongi Hills (Mori Tower Observation Deck), Tsutaya Roppongi (cafe / bookstore), Tokyo Midtown, various restaurants, malls, bars, karaoke joints and clubs.
Best time to walk:
Roppongi is all about the nightlife, and the tour is best done from 5pm onward. There are several museums and a great observation deck in the area, however, so you could also come early and spend the whole day. As this tour passes through one of Japan's red light districts, we would recommend coming in the day for families with small children.
Note that many people who come to Roppongi come late and stay late. Though the last train stops around midnight, the clubs are open all night and are designed to run from around 11pm to 5am, when the morning trains start going again.
Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, but it's always best to keep an eye out.
Note that trains do stop shortly after midnight and can be quite crowded during this time on the weekends.