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Friday, May 1, 2015

101 Things To Do In Roppongi

Above, a view of Tokyo Tower from Tokyo City View. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The first time I stepped foot in the Roppongi section of Tokyo was in 2004. The occasion was a get-together dinner set up between G-TOUR members and writers and directors of past Godzilla movies.

I handled the arrangements for the dinner and when I did, I had no idea of Roppongi's reputation. I was just looking for a venue for the dinner. We held it at T.G.I. Friday's.

After the dinner, some of the tour members returned to Roppongi and hit the clubs and had themselves a memorable time.

Time Out Tokyo has a new article on "101 Things To Do In Roppongi."

They begin it with:
As far as some Tokyo residents are concerned, the only good thing to do in Roppongi to is get the first train out of the place. The capital's most famous entertainment district is also perhaps its most notorious: popular with American GIs during the post-war occupation, it went from sleazy to classy to sleazy again over the ensuing decades. Even the opening of ambitious, upmarket developments like Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills – and the neighbourhood's bizarre re-christening as 'High Touch Town' in 1989 – haven't entirely removed its negative image. But don't let that put you off: you'd be missing out on a 'hood that's diverse, fun and also surprisingly classy. Read on for Time Out's selection of the best that Roppongi (and nearby Azabu-Juban) has to offer. It'll have you seeing the place in a whole new light – and it won't be a red one this time...
Last year, I returned to Roppongi to meet for lunch with the crew from JapanTravel. We met up at Roppongi Hills and after the lunch, I headed up to enjoy the views of Tokyo at Tokyo City View atop Mori Tower (which is number one on the list).

To read more, go here.

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