For a rich dose of arts and culture, this is the district to visit.
A decade or two ago, the central Roppongi district was known chiefly for its nightlife, which had become tawdry by the beginning of the millennium. The nightlife is still there, but the cheapness is being forced out thanks to two more venues: the Roppongi Hills complex of shopping, dining and museums, which opened in 2003, and the National Art Center and Tokyo Midtown district, which debuted in 2007.
The three now form Art Triangle Roppongi, a quick walk between the contemporary changing exhibits that are adventurously displayed at Roppongi Hills' Mori Art Museum, the National Art Center (with soaring glass cones designed by Kishio Kurokawa) and the classical Japanese and other Asian art at the Suntory Museum in Tokyo Midtown. Pick up a map and calendar (in English) to find more galleries and design shops in the neighborhood.