Roppongi Midtown After Dark
More city photos, this time from Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi which is Tokyo’s latest commercial complex, shops, restaurants, bars, offices, expensive apartments and a big hotel (Ritz-Carlton). At night the whole area turns into a sort of Science Fictionesque labyrinth of polished brass, steel and glass. It’s just like I imagined the future would be like as a kid, just better color coordinated, less rivets and no flying cars or jet packs. Well, we can’t have everything! It is the fourth tallest commercial building in Japan and the tallest in Tokyo. Before this place come up the whole 20 acres were occupied by the US Military but since they left central Tokyo the character of the whole area has really changed, some nights there were more soldiers out in the streets than civilians but these days Roppongi feels like a different town altogether. One remaining legacy is the relatively poor public transport in the area, unlike the other major districts in the city there’s fewer connections into and out off Roppongi than any where else in Tokyo. Well, that still means we are connected by about four different subway lines within a couple of square kilometers, just no trains, leaving us to rely on busses to connect Roppongi with nearby Shibuya. Midtown is another one of those “don’t miss” places for tourists coming to Tokyo, and is most easily done together with visiting Roppongi Hills. I have a personal trimmed to perfection mini tour of Tokyo that I give to foreign friends with a day or two to spare, and we usually end up just about here after a full day of sight seeing! Maybe I should write it up and post it someday?