Roppongi Hills is located in the heart of Roppongi in Tokyo, Japan. Roppongi is the center of business and nightlife, and it attracts a broad international crowd as well as Japanese people. People come to Roppongi Hills to watch the latest films and immerse themselves in interesting exhibits, and dine at a fine restaurant. If you are lucky, you may run into Hollywood celebrities who walk down the red carpet for the movie premier in Japan. Let’s find out what this iconic building has to offer in the center of Roppongi, Tokyo.
Meet at the spider, a popular meeting spot
Roppongi Hills, a skyscraper located in the Minato Ward in Tokyo, acts like a city of its own. It is connected via the Hibiya Line train, which allows people who work or visit Roppongi Hills to have an easy access to the offices, shops, and restaurants. As well as trains, there are many buses that stop at or near Roppongi Hills, allowing people of any age group and interest to enjoy what it has to offer.
If you are visiting for the first time, a good meeting place is what a lot of people call “the spider.” Roppongi Hills has a nice open area and even a beautiful garden, and this large sculpture resembling a spider is located right in front of the building and it is hard to miss. If you happen to meet someone there or are lost, you can always ask people to meet up at the spider and they know what you are talking about.
One-of-a-kind exhibit at Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills is where the latest trends in film and arts are showcased. It could be the premier movie event filled with Hollywood celebrities walking down the red carpet or special exhibits of popular Japanese and international movies and animations showcasing a one-of-a-kind exhibit. For example, in Nov 2014 to Jan 2015 an internationally recognized movie creator, Tim Burton, had a special exhibit called “Tim Burton’s World” at Roppongi Hills, which attracted a large volume of visitors daily. The exhibits held at Roppongi Hills are one-of-a-kind, thus they attract people from all of Japan just to visit to see the exhibit.
The latest exhibit, which opens on April 16th is “The exhibit of pretty guardian Sailor Moon.” The animated Sailor Moon is like a bible for little girls who are now in their late 20s and early 30s, thus this exhibit is anticipated to receive a huge interests from many females in their 20s and 30s. In addition, Sailor Moon has regained its worldwide popularity with the help of the internet, so it may also be an exciting exhibit for international guests who are a fan of Sailor Moon.
Dine and shop at Roppongi Hills
After visiting a special exhibit or watching a movie, why don’t you carry on having a little more fun at Roppongi Hills? There are many fine restaurants and shops at Roppongi Hills, so you can choose to sit back and relax at a restaurant, or you can keep going by shopping at some of the stores.
Due to the large volume of international business people working at Roppongi Hills and travelers from around the world, many of the restaurants staff and retailers are more comfortable with English. Of course, not everyone speaks good English, but this place will be easier than other parts of Japan to get help in English if needed.
Having said that, it is Roppongi Hills, so many of the restaurants and shops may be more expensive than other parts of Tokyo, therefore, you may like to check your budget and see what you’d like to do at Roppongi Hills. One great recommendation I have if you like dim sum is Nansho-Mantouten. They serve great dim sum if you are hungry for some Chinese!
Roppongi Hills as a good starting point in Tokyo
It seems Roppongi is a popular place for many international visitors to stop by when they are in Tokyo. Certainly, its international vibe creates a welcoming and more comfortable feeling for international travelers to visit.
For Japanese, it is the center of business and commerce, where many of Japanese entrepreneurs wish one day to have an office as a sign of true success. Whatever the reason you visit Roppongi Hills, there is always something exciting happening. Definitely check their website and find out if you may be able to visit a one-of-a-kind exhibit or may run into a movie star at a red carpet event!
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