Roppongi Hills is a majestic building complex inaugurated in 2003.
The initial idea was to create a unique place to concentrate the place of residence, the workplace, the places for entertainment and shopping in order to reduce the time wasted on commuting and give more free time to those who would have lived there. Who knows if this really happened.
The complex includes a skyscraper (Mori Tower), the TV Asahi headquarters, a luxury hotel (Grand Hyatt Tokyo), a garden (Mori Garden), a multiplex cinema (Toho Cinemas) and some residential buildings.
There are numerous art installations, sometimes quite curious, scattered on the ground in Roppongi Hills. At this link you can find an exhaustive map.
Maman (1999) is a bronze, stainless steel and marble sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois in Roppongi Hills
A 53-story skyscraper, landmark of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo. 238 meters high, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city.
On the first six floors of the skyscraper there is a luxurious shopping center, with around 200 shops and restaurants. From the 7th floor onwards they are all offices. Several large multinational companies have offices in Roppongi Hills.
On the last two floors there is a paid observation deck called Tokyo City View, the Mori Art Museum and the Mori Arts Center Gallery.
Tokyo City View and Skydeck
(admission 1800 yen, opening hours 10-23, 10-25 fri sat, 33% off if you buy tickets online)
An observation deck characterized by a very high roof and large windows. It is located on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower. The ticket office is located on the 3rd floor.
In our opinion, this is the most beautiful observatory in Tokyo. Let's see why:
1) its position is excellent, it allows a 360 degree view near the Tokyo Tower and many skyscrapers and not too far from the sea;
2) the windows are very high and completely cover the external walls of the building;
3) the Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills is the only observatory in Tokyo that also offers a panoramic outdoor terrace with its Skydeck (admission +500 yen, opening hours 11-20, you can avoid paying the extra 500 yen by buying the ticket online);
Watching Tokyo from above, especially in the evening, is a fantastic experience, but it is even more so when standing in the open air on the roof of the Mori Tower at an altitude of 238 meters. Beware that the Skydeck may remain closed depending on weather conditions, and in winter dress warmly because there is a strong icy wind up there.
You can check if the Skydeck is open the same day by visiting the official website home page.
An art museum located on the 53rd floor of the Mori Tower. The ticket office is located on the 3rd floor.
The museum does not have a permanent collection, but it is rather a place where several exhibitions are set up throughout the year. The themes often concern contemporary art and architecture. Check out the museum's calendar of events.
Mori Arts Center Gallery
An art space on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower, next to the observation deck.
This place hosts several special exhibitions throughout the year. The themes often concern the contemporary world, such as manga, anime, cinema, fashion, design. Check out the museum's calendar of events.
TV Asahi Headquarters
Asahi TV is one of the main broadcasters in the country and has its own headquarters in Roppongi Hills in a large 8-storey building.
Several famous children's series are related to this television channel. In particular Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, Super Sentai and Kamen Rider.
The ground floor of the building is open to the public. Inside there is a shop and several things related to the characters and TV programs broadcasted on this channel. One of the most popular attractions is the life-size reproduction of Nobita Nobi's room (the child protagonist of Doraemon).
the Asahi TV headquarters building in front of the Mori Garden
(opening hours 7-23)
A small traditional Japanese style garden located in front of the Asahi TV headquarters, conceived as a green oasis of peace and relaxation amidst huge concrete and steel buildings. In April it is also possible to see some cherry trees in bloom.
It is commonly said that some extra-terrestrial fish swim in the ponds of this park. The medaka - this is how the species of these small freshwater fish swimming in the park is called - are descendants of those raised aboard the space shuttle Columbia during an experiment in 1994.
One of the most luxurious hotels in Tokyo, belonging to the renowned Grand Hyatt international chain, and located right inside the enormous Roppongi Hills complex mentioned in this page. Roppongi station is a 4-minute walk away and is directly connected to the hotel by an underground passage.
The size of the rooms ranges from a minimum of 42 square meters for the standard up to 85 square meters for the suites. Available to all guests is a wonderful spa (Nagomi Spa) with a large indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and gym. Inside this hotel there are 10 high-end restaurants and the concierge service takes care of anything you need.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel this hotel is fantastic.
double rooms from ¥55,000 per night
Recommended restaurants in Roppongi Hills
On the 5th floor of the Mori Tower you can find a branch of Kushinobo, a very good Kushikatsu restaurant originally from Osaka.
Kushikatsu (also called kushiage) it is a "way of cooking" rather than a specific dish. It consists of various ingredients that can be meat, fish or vegetables, skewered in bamboo sticks and fried in a particular way.
Medium-high price range. You can save some money if you go for lunch.
How to get to Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
Roppongi station is the nearest metro station and is served by the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line and Toei Metro Oedo line.
If you come from the Hibiya line, follow the signs for the Exit 1C, which is located right inside Roppongi Hills.
If you come from the Oedo line, the closest to Roppongi Hills is the Exit 3, about 5 minutes on foot.
Other stations not far from Roppongi Hills are Nogizaka station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line, 10 minutes on foot) and Azabujuban station (Tokyo Metro Namboku line, 10 minutes on foot).
For Japan Rail Pass holders
Roppongi Hills is one of the few tourist areas in Tokyo not served by any JR line. The nearest JR station is Shibuya station and it is 2.8 km away.
If you want to go by metro paying as little as possible, you can go to the JR Yoyogi station with your pass and change there with the Toei Oedo line (Yoyogi-Roppongi costs 180 yen).
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin.
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.