Roppongi is simultaneously one of the most loved and hated neighborhoods in Tokyo. While home to the Japanese head offices of foreign companies like Google, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs and some of the best restaurants around, it also has a seedy reputation with a profusion of hostess bars, strip clubs and nightclubs. We still recommend a visit though, the sheer volume of entertainment and eating establishments means there are plenty of cheapo options.

Where to eat and drink in Roppongi

Roppongi is famous for its vast range of food choices, from sushi to takoyaki to kebabs or even pizza.

While some owner-operated sushi joints usually equate to “expensive”, Roppongi is home to sushi bars providing lunch menus at relatively low prices. Edomae Sushi Hattori is one such example. It provides the 1,300 yen “ichininmae”(one-person) course, which includes 7 pieces of nigiri sushi, tamago-yaki, 6 pieces of maki-zushi and miso soup. It is quite a good deal especially when you consider that the dinner menu starts at 8,000 yen.

If you want to keep within Japanese cuisine, you can also try the Gindaco branch located near Roppongi Crossing for takoyaki (octopus balls)—always cheap and always filling.

If your belly is jonesing for some international chow, we recommend Asian Kebab, earning a place in our hearts with its delicious taste and relatively cheap price. Just take Exit 5 from Roppongi Station and walk along Gaien Higashi Street—look for the vertical rotating spit outside the restaurant. Or if you’re just looking to fill your belly, stop by Pizzania where you can get a pie for only 500 yen.

What to do in Roppongi

Visitors to Roppongi have their fair share of things to do, including shopping, movie-watching, checking out art, and a whole lot more.

One of the area’s biggest claim to fame is the Roppongi Art Triangle: The National Art Center Tokyo, the Suntory Museum at Tokyo Midtown and Mori Art Museum at Roppongi Hills are all located within easy walking distance.

While in the Roppongi Hills area, you can take in a movie at TOHO cinema (some of the screens are MX4D), catch a view from the Mori Museum Observatory, or visit some of the lesser known art galleries, like Hiromiyoshii and Gallery Side 2, both of which appear on our Top 10 Free Things to Do in Roppongi list.

Tokyo Midtown is home to tons of shops and restaurants, as well as several art museums—including the (free) Fujifilm Square, which features photographic and hands-on exhibitions.

And once the sun has dipped for the day, Roppongi becomes party central. See our guide to clubbing on the cheap.

Roppongi Crossing
Roppongi Crossing | Photo by Gregory Lane

Where to stay in Roppongi

In Roppongi, accommodation options range from capsule hotels to the Ritz-Carlton (but it’s forbidden to stay there by Cheapo Law). One interesting point to note is that Airbnb rentals in the Roppongi area are not very cheap, with prices sometimes listed higher than a regular hotel room.

For more accommodation options in Roppongi, check here.

Further reading

Roppongi: 10 Free Things to Do in the High-End Hills

Roppongi Art Night

Mori Tower Towers Above Tokyo Tower

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