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Review of Roppongi

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Scholar-Led Architectural Walking Tour: Harajuku, Omotesando and Roppongi
Ranked #17 of 438 things to do in Minato
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Maybe because I live and work in Roppongi, right on the strip, I am jaded. For me it's just noise and drunken stupidity. You have to mentally train yourself to ignore all the hawkers trying to drag you into their clubs with the ever so catchy phrase "hey man, hey man, t*tties man." Avoid Roppongi - go someplace else - unless you really dig drunken sailors, whether they are or are not sailors along with all the 'fun' things that accompany that type of area. (I'm focused particularly on the area immediately surrounding Roppongi crossing - other parts aren't *as* bad)

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Roppongi is one of the most representative spots for tourists while in Tokyo, usually the part of the city where foreigners are well received as there are a lot of them in this area. Easy accessible by subway you can find all assortment of attractions, bar, discos, Karaoke, restaurants, and you won't find many trouble with the language, as everything (that I saw) is written in English as well. My only advice is to try to stay away from the guys, usually foreigners from Africa or middle East that are pushing tourists and handing them off cards in the main street offering you to enter the hostess bars, which is nothing else than a bar where you will be in company of a pretty girl, so you won't be drinking alone, nevertheless, expect to receive a check with every single minute of it included, and as everything in Tokyo, will not be cheap. (I never went inside, this last part of info. was provided to me by a Tokyo native resident). If for some reason you missed the last train, there are bars that remain open the whole night, but you will need to have a drink in hand at all times (it is notified in a sign at the door)

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Always changing, interesting characters and foreign friendly (generally)

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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Roppongi has two faces. One is upscale shopping and dining area for celebrities and the sudden rich (ie Roppongi Hills Mori Tower complex). Another is a bit ugly and seedy nightlife district with (mainly West African) touts at every corner urging people to enter their strip-tease bars (around the Roppongi Crossings).

There are some decent restaurants and bars as well as clubs. Also, the Mori Tower offers the best view of Tokyo (as of April 2012, before the opening of Tokyo Sky Tree near Asakusa). There are some nice backstreet shops as well, as much as anywhere else in Tokyo.

Various embassies, including the US embassy, are located in the vicinity, which makes Roppongi a foreigners' hangout. Foreigners feeling lonely away from home, first-time travelers, and illegal immigrants desperate to make money out of them mingle here with the Japanese of all sorts of characters, some of questionable quality and behavior. The police seem unsure how to cope with rogue gaijins and Japanese gangsta "teams", as they do not play the usual game in town set by organized and somewhat disciplined Yakuza groups. This makes Roppongi a bit more unsafe and unpleasant place than other entertainment districts.

I generally dislike Roppongi (both seedy/parvenue taste aspects of the town) and its location which is technically a part of central Tokyo nevertheless a bit inconvenient to access. I regret that I have to discourage tourists away from a town quarter just because of a bunch of fools tarnishing the town. First time visitors to Tokyo, couples, or families: visit the Mori Tower complex, but there is nothing really comparatively nicer than other areas here for you beyond that. And you shouldn't trust people too much here, both the foreign-looking touts and Japanese IT-conmen/women at bars, as general safety rules of Japan do not apply here.

2  Thank Yobeekool
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

The Philippine Embassy is located there and so other embassies of other countries. Its the center of foreigners in Japan. Lot os bars, discos,pubs. Night life is fun...

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