Roppongi is one of the most popular downtown areas in Tokyo for foreign visitors. It is an interesting area full of contrasts, from world-class restaurants and nightclubs to inspiring museums and greenery. Roppongi is charming and makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. With the TV Asahi broadcasting company opening 60 years ago (which was the time of Japan's economic boom), it has become a high-class residential area where famous entertainers and artists live. Recent Roppongi is a gorgeous, luxurious city with countless bars and restaurants, large commercial facilities such as Roppongi Hills, amazing museums, office buildings and luxurious apartments. Roppongi has also been known as a business district, particularly in the information technology industry, which makes the atmosphere of Roppongi high-tech and sophisticated. It is not an exaggeration to say that Roppongi is the town where all high-quality cultural elements of the mega metropolitan of Tokyo are packed in.
Roppongi Hills is a commercial complex, opened in April 2003. It consists of a high-rise building (with a height of 238 m) containing more than 200 stores and restaurants, a hotel, the TV Asahi broadcasting company building, a movie theater, the famous Mori Art Museum, and luxurious apartments. Contemporary artworks are scattered all over Roppongi Hills, and there is a photogenic space everywhere. Besides gardens and parks, there are many benches to rest your tired legs.
Roppongi Hills is consists of 5 different areas: West Walk, Hill Side, Metro Hut/Hollywood Plaza, North Tower, Keyaki slope. It is a massive complex, so you may find it difficult to get to your destination, but it is easy to access as it is directly connected to the station. However, not to waste your time, research before visiting Roppongi Hills is highly recommended. You can find all types of restaurants in Roppongi Hills from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, steak house, burgers, unique salad bar, you name it. These restaurants are not cheap eatery, but most of them offer lunch at reasonable prices. The gastronomical experience at Roppongi Hills is definitely the next level and would satisfy any of your wishes. It can be one of your special memories of staying in Tokyo, but it is not kind to your wallet.
Mori Art Museum is located on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. It is the core museum of the Mori Arts Center. Mori Art Museum holds a special exhibition consisting of paintings, sculptures, architecture, fashion, and installations, focusing on contemporary art. When you explore art at Roppongi Hills, do not forget to visit an art gallery called Mori Art Center Gallery, which is located one floor below Mori Art Center Museum, on an area of 1000 square meter, and it is the highest exhibition space in Japan. A wide variety of high-quality exhibitions held at Mori Art Center Gallery never disappoint visitors. Arts in Roppongi Hills on the 52 & 53 floors will be your memorable Tokyo experience, for sure.
TOHO Cinemas at Roppongi Hills will make you wonder whether it is really a movie theater due to its luxurious interior. If you are a movie fan who likes watching movies at cinema, you cannot miss SCREEN 8 at TOHO Cinemas in Roppongi Hills. There you can experience super high-tech seats that you cannot find elsewhere. But what is so special about SCREEN 8? It has a system called MediaMation MX4D, which makes the seats move up, down, left and right, and there are special effects such as coldness, warmth, scent, smoke to stimulate you and boost your cinema experience. TOHO Cinemas SCREEN 8 experience will make you feel like you are inside of a movie. If you are a cinema lover, you will not regret visiting TOHO Cinemas for a next-level future cinema experience.
Tokyo is not a big city size-wise, but you can find many cultural zones in the high density mega metropolitan city. All areas are unique in their own way, and Roppongi is no exception. Roppongi's luxurious style is one of a kind. So, when you are in Tokyo, check out Roppongi for the luxurious side of the capital city.
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