Night Out in Roppongi, Tokyo
Roppongi is one of the more welcoming places in Tokyo for gaigin (Non Asian looking foreigners, particularly Americans). The area tends to be where those looking to come together go for fun.
I had a great time and met many Japanese friends at a club called Gas Panics, and regularly ate dinner in the area. (It is home to the Tokyo Hard Rock Cafe, a Western Style Ribs joint and other good restaurants).
It is actually easy to get to if you are on the Ginza Line, just keep going west and look for Roppongi as a stop. When you get out of the station, look for a building with a striped awning called "almond" when you see that, you are there!
In addition to clubs, Kareoke bars, restaurants and the usual sort of thing, there is the typical Japanese sex stuff. Chances are you will meet up at some point with a girl who just loves to give a massage, or the Australian ex-pat who works as a doorman for a strip club for the Yakusa. It is not a bad area, in fact I felt safer in Roppongi than I did in most places in the US of A, but if you don't go looking for trouble it won't find you.
Dress Code: For Gas Panics, dress nicely, but not too nicely, it is a dance club. Remember this isn't an American club where you have to skank yourself up to go to. No no no, instead go by the picture as a guide for Gas Panics and places like the Hard Rock. If you are going someplace else, this rule of thumb may not be appropriate.
the place with the so called abundance of foreigners.Although there are many, you dont take so much notice.Just walk the main drag and pick and choose which club or nite spot you want to visit.Each club has a representative outside calling you in, offering free shots and cheap drinks, go have a look.
Dress Code: very relaxed
I finally got to a GREAT Salsa place in Japan! This smallish bar/nightclub was really rocking! The music was mostly Merengue and Salsa. The clientele seemed to be a fairly even mix of Japanese and foreigners.
Entrance charge was 1500 Yen with a free drink.
Dress Code: As little or a lot as you like :-)
Nightlife in Roppongi pulsates with life, they have dirrent clubs for specific nationality, like the Brazilian one...You will love Roppongi if your a night time person!
Dress Code: Jeans would be okay but dress good! Japanese people dress well...
While I was in Tokyo, friends took me for my birthday to a night club in Roppongi. I can't remember what it is call, but you had to wait inline downstairs and gradually people would be let up in this small elevator (as people cleared from the club). The club was all decorated out in Beatles paraphenalia and the band played all Beatles music. Despite being Japanese, if you closed your eyes, you would swear you were listening to the beatles, even in a strange way, they looked like the different beatles members. I don't know whether it is still there but it was extremely popular and the music was great!
Roppongi district. Go to the out of the way bars with live bands or smaller disco's that cater to your individual taste in music and clientel. Stay away from Hard Rock Cafe, isn't there one in New York, London, Paris, L.A., Honolulu, Singapore etc., etc.?
I have no idea. I had one night in Tokyo when I didn't have anything planned or already arranged, and I was determined to use this to sample the notorious night life of Roppongi for myself! I was newly single, and had a head full of images of cute Japanese girls just DYING to meet a blond, blue-eyed gaijin. But, I hadn't done my homework. I thought I could just zip over on the subway, jump out the exit and stroll to the nearest bar/club. I was wrong. What actually happend was I jumped out of the exit into an enormaous crowd of people in a massive interesction of pedestrian walkways, gleaming shopping malls and multi-lane expressways. This was NOT like the well-known bar areas of Soho in London (or, for that matter, Sukhumvit in Bangkok).
I staggered in a disorientated fashion from intersection to intersection, trying to utilise my (dubious) radar for a good bar...nothing. Just plain office blocks and roads. Oh, and lots of touts for bars. Now, I never usually trust a tout, but after about 1 hour of aimless wandering I decided I was going to have to swallow my pride and go along with one of these guys. I picked one at random and he spieled the spiel...'Oh yes, nice club....cheap dring....lots of girl look for nice gaijin..' Well, I was led into one of the office-block type places, up a few flights of stairs and into the 'club'. I was the only patron. No, really...at 10.00pm or whatever I was the only person in the whole place. I had already paid for a ticket which entitled me to some free dinks...I sat, drank the drinks and listened to the (not bad) music. During that time, a small group of Japanese guys came in. I tried to engage them in conversation (given that it was just me and them in the whole place). They looked away nervously, but responded when the cross-cultural fave of footabll was mentioned. Then they left. I left soon after.....................................Next time I visit Tokyo (if I am still single, of course!), I will do my research or hook up with a like-minded buddy!
Photo: typical party girls in Wall Street. Met them in a bar called Motown House. Hung out with them all night... cos they passed the acid test of actually buying me a drink from time to time (see warning below!)
Roppongi is the place to go if you don't speak Japanese. I mean that literally - it's just about the only place you can go and find any decent nightlife, unless you're with a Japanese speaker.
There are loads and loads of bars round here, most of them jam-packed full of English, Australian and American guys - bankers, in the main. Surprise surprise.
Apart from the fact that everyone here speaks English (to varying degrees), the other main reason to come to Roppongi is that the bars stay open until 9am, whereas most other places in Tokyo close down at midnight. Party on, dude...
A decent place to go early on (i.e. before 2am) is the Motown House, or Motown House 2 (not a very imaginative name, huh?) which may actually have some Japanese women in them, as well as a broad mix of Thais, Filipinos, and the like. Some of these are students, some of them are hostess girls on their night off. Ask where they are from and what they do for a living before you buy them a drink... Anyone who's Japanese or a student will be on the level. Hostess girls might be just after a cheap night out at your expense. Alternatively try Dusk 'til Dawn, which seems to be more of a rugby crowd. Then move on to Gaspanic or Wall Street. If 70s and 80s music is your thing, definitely go to Castillo as well.
Most places are free to get in, although you'll be expected to buy a drink, and a friendly doorman will usually meet you and greet you as soon as you walk in, taking your drinks order at the same time, to ensure that you do actually buy one.
Expect to pay 800 yen for a bottle of beer. That's about US$7... not cheap.
On the way in, you'll no doubt be pestered by guys trying to tempt you to go down to the numerous hostess bars dotted around this area. If you succumb, my guess is you won't get much change out of US$200. Nominally you pay a flat rate of US$50 to US$90 an hour to sit in these places, and for that you can drink as much as you want. And you get a girl in a short skirt (but otherwise fully clothed) to pour your drinks and talk to you for an hour. Of course you have to buy her drinks too...
Once you're all partied out, head on over to Freshness Burger (good burgers) or if you must, McDonalds (grim burgers, but who cares at 9am?).
There's a definite ebb and flow to Roppongi... the metro stops around 1am, and the bars tend to thin out a bit around then as the people who don't live close enough to make a taxi ride home economical (and who don't want to have to stay up all night) head off to bed. From 1am to 3am, it's relatively quiet, until the girls from the hostess bars finish work and things start to hot up from there as they all hit the bars to unwind after a hard day at the office...
Dress Code: Depends where you're going and what you intend to do! Japanese women tend to dress up. Western girls tend to dress wild, as they have an uphill struggle to attract the attention of Western guys, given the stiff competition from the locals. Guys tend to be their usual relatively scruffy selves.
Roppongi is the place to go if you want to meet other westeners. but trying to find some of these clubs can be tricky.
A lot of tourist hanging heref for Bar, clubbing and fantastic food at `International Restaurant' and of course the entertainment.
Gaijin friendly Gas Panic is one of the places to be on weekends. The music is familiar and the place is generally friendly.
Dress Code: Casual
Opened in 1994, it became the "in" place in town. The place is huge, pumping techno, trance out your ears...
Check out the Velfarre web site...you will want to go too !!!
Dress Code: dress to impress !
There're a lots of place where you can enjoy Salsa dancing ,especially around Roppongi district. Please find!
The Ropongi District is propably the place to go for nightlife and late meals. Restaurants here stay open until 5AM.