Roppongi and Akasaka are neighboring districts that have traditionally catered to young Western tourists and business travelers, respectively. It’s only recently that locals have started to take notice and spend time here.
Akasaka / Roppongi is connected to Tokyo’s metro network via Roppongi Station. A few comfortable hotels in Akasaka / Roppongi are within walking distance of the metro station for ultimate convenience getting around the city. The station sits on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines.
Roppongi is the leading nightlife district in Tokyo, and it’s especially good at attracting international travelers and young Japanese. The entire district recently got a boost from the opening of the Roppongi Hills complex, capped by the 54-story Mori Tower. Midtown Complex is a similar commercial project that opened recently. There was a time when Roppongi mainly catered to travelers, but it attracts as many locals these days with its increasingly up-market shops and restaurants.
While Akasaka has its own limited night scene, this district is better known for its selection of name-brand hotels. Most of the visitors based here are business travelers, as hotels in Akasaka are equipped with full business and conference facilities. While most of the shopping options are next-door in Roppongi, this district does host Akasaka Sacus, a high-end complex with restaurants and hundreds of boutiques.