Posted on April 14, 2015 8:28 pm | Leave your thoughts
Roppongi likely has the highest concentration of foreigners in Tokyo. That presents some positives and quite a few negatives. Most people in Tokyo are not fond of Roppongi and they tend to avoid it, especially for nightlife activity. In fact, if you want to see a bunch of foreigners acting like douchebags, then Roppongi on a Friday or Saturday night is your spot. I have personally witnessed foreign businessman being obnoxious to restaurant staff, fighting in the streets, and other typical asshole behavior that helps justify some Japanese people’s xenophobia.
There are some cool places to check out, but it kind of depends on what you’re into. If you are young, single, and looking to hook up, Roppongi is not a bad place to go. A number of Tokyo locals looking for casual relations with foreigners go there. One-night stand probabilities increase significantly by just partying in Roppongi. Young and attractive people with money see their chances go up even more. For me, that environment gets old fast and it tends to attract shallow and empty people.
The National Art Center
The National Art Center is the main thing that has me returning. Art is nice and I enjoy seeing new exhibits, but the building itself is the real star. Unique and spectacularly laid out, you will definitely want to take a few pictures. It has a great area to hang out and grab some coffee or tea while taking in the architectural achievement.
Finding a place to drink is pretty easy, but it also depends on what your main goal is. A ton of places exist in Roppongi for foreigners to go and get drunk. The main problem is that you have to be wary of getting drugged and then robbed. It has been happening a lot over the last 5 or so years. Unfortunately, the places that one goes to for cheap flings are also high risk for shady crap. Be ready to get harassed by dudes trying to get you into their clubs. They can be supremely annoying. Be wary of the clubs you patron and the strangers who approach you. Keep your guard up while in clubs and try to drink bottled beer. Don’t take your eye of that beer either, getting drugged is a real threat.
Recently, Brewdog opened up in Roppongi. An excellent venue for high caliber beer and good food to eat while drinking beer. No worries about getting drugged there, but probably not going to get laid from hanging there either. Again, all about what you’re looking for. Even if you are looking to swim with the douchebags in the late night, Brewdog is a fantastic starting point before the real debauchery begins. Those wanting a simple, yet delicious beer experience will be delighted. Tokyo’s beer belly has been growing and that is awesome.
Anyone who has seen Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movie will be familiar with Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu. The epic fight scene with Uma Thurman hacking off limbs was filmed at Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu. I was hesitant about going there, thinking it was just a tourist spot or something, but it is totally worth a stop. The food is actually good and it really has an amazing look. Perfect if you have a group.
This post was written by Matt Desmond