Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Strolling the fashion town 1
From Roppongi Hills to Tokyo Midtown

Roppongi Sta.Exit1c → 
Roppongi Sta.Exit7

After the War, a large number of foreigners’ residences were built and many shops adopting international culture and taste were opened and the area transformed into a stylish and fashionable city. Later, the large-scale redevelopment was carried out. High-rise complexes, Roppongi Hills in 2003 and Tokyo Midtown in 2005 were completed and had created the new cityscape. It has a close connection with art as well and houses three superb museums, the National Art Center, the Mori Art Museum and the Suntory Museum. We will tour Roppngi, city with full of charms.

Start 

Roppongi Station Exit 1c
(Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

Goal 

 Roppongi Station Exit 7 
(Toei Ooedo Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)

Distance 

about 3

Hours 

about 40mins

Standard time for stopover places 

         about
        2hours
      about 1hour
         
      about 40 mins
 

Standard Time of this route 

about 4hours 50mins

The illustrated map of this course

Walking Video

Vol.15 Cinematic Stroll 

Strolling the fashion town 1 
Roppongi Sta. Exit1c → 
Roppongi Sta. Exit7

It is an area where 2 skyscrapers, cultural facilities and greenery exist in perfect harmony. Take a stroll around the sophisticated city with a chic ambience.

Route Description

1mins 50m

7mins  500m

 2mins  170m

3mins   260m

3mins   200m

14mins  1.1km

6mins  450m

3mins  230m

Route Guide

Go up the escalator in front of Exit 1c at Roppongi Station for the Hibiya Line LinkIcon and you will be at the entrance of Roppongi Hills LinkIcon , Metro Hat. After viewing the two huge artworks appearing in front of you, we will go into the Mori Tower and take a stroll for a while in WEST WALK. Go down to the B2 using the Museum Cone elevator and let’s fully enjoy Hills tour visiting Mori garden and Roppongi Hills Arena. Cross the connection bridge over Keyakizaka-dori to Sakurazaka Street and go to the right. Go along Sakurazaka which joins Keyakizaka-dori until you hit TV Asahi-dori. Turn right  and when you reach Roppongi-dori Ave, turn right and enter the underground pass to go to the opposite side of Roppongi-dori Ave. Turn left at the Roppongi roku-chome intersection and descend the stairs at the left side of the tunnel and go into the tunnel. Soon, Roppongi Tunnel Wall Paintings LinkIcon  appear. Appreciating five artworks while walking, you will reach the west gate to the,National Art Center LinkIcon . After touring the neo-futuristic building, we will enjoy French food at the adjoined brasserie. Go straight for about 300 meters , there is the popular café,West Aoyama Garden LinkIcon . Let’s take a break at this relaxing café. We will cross the street at the traffic signal right outside of the café and go up the narrow stairs to enter theAoyama Cemetery LinkIcon . Two high-rise complexes in Roppongi are seen from the quiet lushly green premises. Turn left at the Reien-chuo intersection and go straight, cross Aoyama-Rikkyo overpass beside the Nogizaka tunnel and turn left at the end. Go along the street toward right, you will get to Gaien Higashi-dori Ave. Cross the street and turn right. Go down the side road stairs at Nogizaka-Rikkyo overpass, the torii gate of Nogi Shrine LinkIcon  where General Nogi and his wife are enshrined appears. After the worship, we will leave the shrine and turn right.Then turn left at the next traffic signal and go up Nogizaka slope to Gaien Higashi-dori Ave. Walk for about 250 meters and we will arrive at the  LinkIcon Tokyo Midtown. Going through the promenade and the Green square, we will enjoy shopping in the GALLERIA. Go left on Gaien Higashi-dori Ave. in front of the Midtonwn, the goal, at  Roppongi Station Exit 7 LinkIcon is right there. You can take both the Toei Oedo Line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line from this Exit.
 

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Roppongi Station Exit 1c

From Roppongi Station Exit c1 for the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line

Entrance is directly connected to the Metro Hat/Hollywood Plaza on B2 of Roppongi Hills. Go up the long elevator from the basement concourse, you will be in the front of Mori Building. However, this entrance is only reached from the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line so if you are coming on the Toei Oedo Line, you have to go up to the ground floor once and then enter Roppongi Hills.

Exit 1c is in the underground passage of Roppongi Station.

Take the elevator to the ground floor from the basement concourse.

Elevator takes you to Roppongi Hills.

Metro Hat, the entrance to Roppongi Hills.

LinkIcon Roppongi Hills

Cultural Complex facilities as the Roppongi’s Landmark

Mori Tower, 54-story skyscraper, standing in the center of Roppongi Hills is home to various facilities. Shops, restaurants, offices and top floor house modern art museum and observation deck. In the premises of Roppongi Hills there are entertainment space, Mori Teien, a strolling Japanese-style garden, the head office of TV Asahi, a cinema complex, a luxury hotel and residences. It certainly is a city of multi-cultural. You can enjoy shopping, artworks and movies, and furthermore, appreciate the seasonal changes of the nature.

Eye-catching huge spider object “Maman”

Limited exhibition “Ohana-no-Oyako” by Takashi Murakami

High-end shops line at WEST WALK.

Get off the elevator for Mori Teien (Garden).

In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms in full bloom in Mori Teien.

Various events are held at Roppongi Hills Arena.

Go up the stairs beside the Arena toward Sakurazaka Street.

Around Sakurazaka Street is a residential area.

Roppongi Hills

Address

6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Tel

03-6406-6000(10:00-21:00)

Closed

No holiday

Hours

Vary according to the facility.
※Some shops shorten business hours. Please check the website for the latest information.

Access

Directly connected to Exit 1c of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Sta.
4min walk from Exit 3 of the Toei Oedo Line Roppongi Sta.

Website

https://www.roppongihills.com

Roppongi Hills to Roppongi Tunnel Wall painting

Turn right at TV Asahi-dori Street and go straight.

Go through the underpass of Roppongi-dori Ave. to the opposite side.

Go down the left side road stairs of the tunnel.

Go straight through the Roppongi Tunnel.

LinkIcon Roppongi Tunnel Wall Painting

Tunnel wall has become a big campus!

The first wall painting painted in 2004 for the “Street Painting Project “sponsored by Tokyo Metropolis aiming to change the inorganic urban space into more human space with the power of art. You can leisurely enjoy the artworks by five artists winning prizes at the public exhibition held by Tokyo Metropolis. Paintings were painted on free themes and each are unique and with a big impact. Especially the one painted by Jun Kitagawa title “Zipper” has become a photo spot where you can take a photo posing as you are pulling the giant zipper.

Keep going straight in the tunnel and the murals appear.

Photo spot for unique shot. “Zipper” by Jun Kitagawa.

Eight different street scenes stitched together. “Eight Views of Tokyo” by Daisuke Samejima.

Painting with big impact. “Evening Painting” by Chikara Matsumoto.

LinkIcon The National Art Center, Tokyo

Various exhibitions held in a massive space.

It’s one of the largest art museums in Japan with 14,000㎡ total floor area. It was designed with the concept “an Art Center surrounded  by  green spaces ”. The building from the 3rd floor to the 1st basement is surrounded with greenery. There are plenty of eye-catching features such as the cone shaped unique entrance and the beautiful wavelike glass facade. Additional to twelve galleries, there are an art library, an auditorium, a museum shop, 3 cafés & a restaurant. Not only it holds art exhibitions but the National Art Center, Tokyo takes the important role of an art center collecting and displaying art information and materials and spreading education related to art.

At the end of the tunnel, there is the west gate of the National Art Center, Tokyo.

Full greenery surrounds the building. ©The National Art Center, Tokyo

Unique building is designed by renowned architect, Kisho Kurokawa.©The National Art Center, Tokyo

The atrium lobby on the 1st floor is bright and spacious. ©The National Art Center, Tokyo

You can see the bamboo garden from the window on the 3rd floor. ©The National Art Center, Tokyo

The “Art Library” holds a collection of books related to art and is free of charge for on-site reading. ©The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Address

7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Tel

047-316-2772 (Hello Dial)

Closed

Tuesday (Next weekday if Tue. is holiday)

Hours

10:00-18:00
*Admission is 30min before closing
* Opening hour may differ according to each exhibition.

Access

Access Directly connected to Exit 6 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
Approx.5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station 4a Exit.
Approx.4-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Roppongi Station 7 Exit.

Website

https://www.nact.jp/english

Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musee

Easily enjoy the authentic French cuisine in brasseri-style.

It is the first restaurant opened in Japan with the name of the world’s greatest master of French cuisine, Brasserie Paul Bocus. Each dish is prepared in “traditional Lyon cooking” style and brings you the real deliciousness of French cooking.
Limited menu prepared in collaboration with the exhibition theme is recommended. It is also fascinating to have a meal watching beautiful scenery from the 180 degrees open space restaurant at the top of inverted cone standing in the atrium 21 meters from the ground.

Brasserie is at the top of inverted cone standing in the atrium 21 meters from the ground floor.

Bright open space restaurant.

Nice to taste the authentic French cuisine at reasonable price

Choice of main dish+dessert+beverage set ¥2640~

Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musee

Address

7-22-2 3F Roppongi, Minato-ku

Tel

03-5777-8161

Closed

Tuesday (Next weekday if Tue. is holiday)

Hours

Lunch 11:00-16:00(L.O.)
Dinner 16:00-21:00(19:30L.O.)/Fri. 16:00-22:00(20:30L.O.)
※Reservation from 16:00-

Access

Directly connected to Exit 6 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.
5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station Exit 4a.
4-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Roppongi Station Exit 7.

Website

https://www.hiramatsurestaurant.jp/paulbocuse-musee/

LinkIcon WEST Aoyama Garden

Popular café where people queue up as soon as it opens the door

Flagship café of the famous café where the main shop is in Ginza. It has over 50-year history and has been loved by many people. Recommended hot soufflé is the limited menu you can only taste here. Freshly cooked hot soufflé with cream is so flavorful that it melts in your mouth. There are eleven kinds of drinks including coffee and tea free of charge for refill. It is a place for you to relax and leisurely enjoy your teatime.

People queue up as soon as the door opens even on weekdays.

Enjoy leisurely teatime in a relaxed atmosphere in the indoor lounge.

Break time listening to classical music.

Open air garden terrace is also recommended.

Hot soufflé ¥1265 is served between 11:00-18:00. It takes 20 minutes to bake, so be sure you have plenty of time.

Cut the freshly baked hot soufflé and taste with cream.

WEST Aoyama Garden

Address

1-22-10 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tel

03-3403-1818

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

11:00-20:00

Access

3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station Exit 5.

Website

https://www.ginza-west.co.jp/shopinfo/shop_aoyama.html

LinkIcon Aoyama Cemetery

Cemetery full of nature where the historical celebrities rest in peace.

Aoyama Cemetery is managed by the Tokyo Meltropolitan Government. It is located in the prime district and the actual grave area is about 26ha which makes it the biggest cemetery in all of Tokyo’s 23 wards. It was opened in 1874 and the graves of renowned celebrities such as politician, Toshimichi Okubo, doctor Shibasaburo Kitasato, the owner of the famous loyal dog “Hachiko”, Doctor of Agriculture, Hidesaburo Ueno, etc. are there. Bright premises are full of nature good for taking leisurely stroll. Cherry trees line from north to south and when the flowers are in full bloom in the spring, people come to visit to enjoy the splendid views.

Go up the narrow stairs from Higashi (east) 2 Exit into the cemetery.

At first, let’s get a map at the Cemetery Office.

Visit the grave of Eizaburo Ueno on Higashi-san-dori.

Grave of Eizaburo Ueno and the monument of Hachiko.

Cute small shrine of Hachiko next to the tomb stone.

Cherry trees line vertically and horizontally that cemetery is bustling with many people in spring.

Walk through the graveyard for foreigners where unique graves are seen.

Beautiful scenery with skyscrapers seen far ahead.

Aoyama Cemetery

Address

2-32-2 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku

Tel

03-3401-3652(8:30-17:15)

Closed

No holiday

Hours

Always open
※Management office 8:30-17:15

Access

7-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Gaienmae Station.
10-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station.
9-munite walk from Tokyo Metro Hanzomon・Ginza Line, Toei Oedo Line Aoyama1-chome Station.

Access

https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/reien/park/access072.html

Aoyama Cemetery to Nogi Shrine

Turn left at Aoyama-bochi-chuo intersection and go straight.

Cross the Minami-aoyama overpass besideo the Nogizaka Tunnel.

Cross at the traffic light on Gaien Higashi-dori Ave. and go right.

Go down the side road stairs of Nigizaka overpass and the Nogi Shrine is ahead of the station.

LinkIcon Nogi Shrine

General Maresuke Nogi and his wife are enshrined.

It is the shrine built for Maresuke Nogi who fought in the Russo-Japanese War as the commander. On the death of the Emperor Meiji, he and his wife, Shizuko, followed him in death (by committing suicide together). Mr. and Mrs. Nogi are enshrined as the god of loyalty and conjugal harmony and is said to bring good luck in business, education, marriage and love. It is also famous for the celebration for coming-of-age taken place here by the idle group “Nogizaka 46” every year. Precinct surrounded by rich greenery provides modern ambience and at the same time makes you feel away from hustle and bustle of the city. After the worship, it is recommended to visit the “Former residence of General Nogi” preserved next to the shrine.

Go under the first torii gate to the precinct.

Surrounded by the nature, time flows slowly.

A Auxiliary Shrine within the main precinct, “Akasaka-oji-inari jinja”. Red torii gates line.

The main building of the shrine was burnt down in the Great Tokyo Air Raid and was rebuilt in 1962.

After drawing the fortune slip, tie it to the “Omikuji-kake”

Don’t forget to get “Goshuin”(red stamp). The fee for the stamp is basically ¥500.

Nogi-jinja Shrine

Address

8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku

Tel

03-3478-3001

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

6:00-17:00

Access

Immediately from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station 1 Exit.

Website

https://www.nogijinja.or.jp

Nogi Shrine to Tokyo Midtown

Leaving the shrine, turn left, cross the first pedestrian crossing and go up Nogizaka Slope.

On the way, there are buildings of Sony Music and Johnny & Associates.

Go straight up the slope.

Reaching Gaien Higashi-dori Ave. , go straight and you will arrive at Tokyo Midtown.

LinkIcon TOKYO MIDTOWN

Fascinating complex composed of six buildings and park space.

TOKYO MIDTOWN is a complex city opened in 2007 on the ruin of the main office building of the Defense Agency.  Various shops and restaurants, offices, a hotel, museums and clinics are in the complex. Nestled within the heart of Tokyo, lushly green area offers relaxation moments and a nice jogging course for the joggers as well. Good for shopping and dining or enjoying leisure time in the beautiful trees and flowers. There are various ways to enjoy the complex.

The complex features shops, offices, residences and park.

Walk the promenade with the small fountain.

Comfortable area around Grass Square with lushly green.

Cross the overpass to go inside the building.

Water falls from the ceiling in the beautiful “Tree Shower”. A must-see spot.

Canopy Square, the entrance to TOKYO MIDTOWN.

Galleria with full range of shops and restaurants.

Check out the artworks scattered in the area.

TOKYO MIDTOWN

Address

9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tel

03-3475-3100(11:00-21:00)

Closed

1st JAN.

Hours

Shops 11:00-21:00,  Restaurants 11:00-24:00
※Depends on some stores/facilities

Access

Directly connected to Exit 8 of Toei Ooedo Line Roppongi Sta.
Directly connected to the underground passage of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Sta.
3 min walk from Exit3 of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Nogizaka Sta.

Access

https://en.tokyo-midtown.com/

LinkIcon Roppongi Station Exit 7

To Exit 7, the Toei Oedo Line, Roppongi Station

It is the subway exit near the intersection little ahead from the Starbucks Coffee Tokyo Midtown shop. Go down the stairs and there is the ticket gate for the Toei Oedo Line. It is convenient that this underpass leads to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

Go out of the Galleria gate and go left, you will find No.7 Exit.

You can take both Oedo Line and Hibiya Line from here.