First Trip to Roppongi

Published on January 30th, 2010.

After hanging out on Takeshita Street for a few hours we went back home to leave our stuff and get ourselves ready for Roppongi. Even though many of you told me not to visit Roppongi, I had to see for myself.

Because of Marcus, we already knew where to go, so we could walk through the hordes of black men trying to get you in their clubs. Some of them are really persistent though^^

Our goal was GASPANIC, a chill place with a good mix of Japanese and foreigners.

Magnus on our way there, he got one really persistent guy chasing after him, sometimes they just don’t give up.

There are a few ways to get rid of them though, it’s not like they try to drag you in or anything, they just try to convince you to come by saying things like “it’s free”. I think it’s kind of fun to act along, ask them about the club and tell them I’ll come by later, that way they leave you within 20 seconds. Of course you can always ignore them, but that whey they just become an annoyance.

We went the wrong way at first but we found this pretty place because of that^^

Last picture before we found our way to GASPANIC.

We were there early so it took an hour or so before people started dropping in. On Thursdays it’s happy hour all day, so all drinks for 300 yen, no entrance fee or anything, you can come and go as you like. The only thing is, when it’s getting late, they check if you’re drinking, you kind of always have to hold a drink in your hand if you’re not sitting at a table.

Lisa and Magnus. If you want champagne, it’s 3000 yen a bottle on Thursdays ;)

Lastly a pic of myself, don’t question the pose I’m doing!^^;

GASPANIC on Thursdays is highly recommended! Below is a map to all the four GASPANICs in Tokyo.

GASPANIC web

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  • http://www.japannewbie.com Harvey

    Ugh I couldn’t staaaaand gas panic. Though I think I only went twice. And to Gas Panic in a location other than Roppongi… and this was wayyy back in like 2002 or 2003. So maybe things have changed.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Yeah? What was it you didn’t like about it? And if you went on a weekend it would prolly be a lot different, especially in Roppongi^^

  • http://www.japannewbie.com Harvey

    Ugh I couldn’t staaaaand gas panic. Though I think I only went twice. And to Gas Panic in a location other than Roppongi… and this was wayyy back in like 2002 or 2003. So maybe things have changed.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Yeah? What was it you didn’t like about it? And if you went on a weekend it would prolly be a lot different, especially in Roppongi^^

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  • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

    The way you describe the guys trying to get you to go into their clubs reminds me of the people on the sidewalks in Phuket, Thailand and Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. They try to hustle you into their overpriced restaurants. You’re right, if you ignore them they follow you and keep calling, but if I had stopped for every single one I’d never have done anything but talk to hustlers during my trips. There’s good food to be had in those places are regular prices if you know where to find it.

    Why were you being warned off from Roppongi? For that reason? The hustlers? I think I’d have dropped by too just to check it out once.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      True, many of them just stand there doing nothing though, one or two persistent guys per walk-through is pretty normal. I think they’re kind of fun though, annoying sure, but I try to think of it in a positive way^^

      Well, usually no real reasons given actually, “it sucks” and “too many gaijins” usually. It’s a decent place as long as you know where you’re going, it’s not a place to hang around on the streets (at nights that is, not really a whole lot to see in the day either though).

  • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

    The way you describe the guys trying to get you to go into their clubs reminds me of the people on the sidewalks in Phuket, Thailand and Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. They try to hustle you into their overpriced restaurants. You’re right, if you ignore them they follow you and keep calling, but if I had stopped for every single one I’d never have done anything but talk to hustlers during my trips. There’s good food to be had in those places are regular prices if you know where to find it.

    Why were you being warned off from Roppongi? For that reason? The hustlers? I think I’d have dropped by too just to check it out once.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      True, many of them just stand there doing nothing though, one or two persistent guys per walk-through is pretty normal. I think they’re kind of fun though, annoying sure, but I try to think of it in a positive way^^

      Well, usually no real reasons given actually, “it sucks” and “too many gaijins” usually. It’s a decent place as long as you know where you’re going, it’s not a place to hang around on the streets (at nights that is, not really a whole lot to see in the day either though).

  • http://www.theghostletters.blogspot.com freedomwv

    People who go down there expecting to have women falling all over them are usually the ones who bad mouth it. You can actually have a pretty good time there.

    • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

      That’s kinda weird. Why would Japanese girls fall all over foreigners? Japan is a high-tech built up nation. That type of behavior is typical of third world nations where women see their attractiveness as a ticket to a better life. Japan is already the better life.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      They do fall all over you, but not for free ;) You have to pay, and you have to pay A LOT.

    • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

      Ah, I see. It’s ‘that’ kind of falling all over. I’ve heard similar stories about South Korean ‘juicy girls’ at the bars there that will pay attention to US soldiers as long as the drinks and money keep flowing their way.

      The girls I was talking about are the ones that simply throw themselves at foreigners in the hopes that the foreigner will take a liking to them and take them home to their country.

  • http://www.theghostletters.blogspot.com freedomwv

    People who go down there expecting to have women falling all over them are usually the ones who bad mouth it. You can actually have a pretty good time there.

    • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

      That’s kinda weird. Why would Japanese girls fall all over foreigners? Japan is a high-tech built up nation. That type of behavior is typical of third world nations where women see their attractiveness as a ticket to a better life. Japan is already the better life.

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      They do fall all over you, but not for free ;) You have to pay, and you have to pay A LOT.

    • http://www.bradleyfarless.com/ Brad F.

      Ah, I see. It’s ‘that’ kind of falling all over. I’ve heard similar stories about South Korean ‘juicy girls’ at the bars there that will pay attention to US soldiers as long as the drinks and money keep flowing their way.

      The girls I was talking about are the ones that simply throw themselves at foreigners in the hopes that the foreigner will take a liking to them and take them home to their country.

  • http://caught-redhanded.com Ryan

    Ah Roppongi, the wonderful world of nothing. Not a favourite, not even close, but well worth it just to see it. And the lovely Door Scroungers, trying to get you into their ‘delightful’ hovels. Hmmm. Like Agents from the Matrix: they just never give in!

    Glad you’re having a good time; keep it coming!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      It’s not one of my favorite places either, but you can definitely have a good time there!

  • http://caught-redhanded.com Ryan

    Ah Roppongi, the wonderful world of nothing. Not a favourite, not even close, but well worth it just to see it. And the lovely Door Scroungers, trying to get you into their ‘delightful’ hovels. Hmmm. Like Agents from the Matrix: they just never give in!

    Glad you’re having a good time; keep it coming!

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      It’s not one of my favorite places either, but you can definitely have a good time there!

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    you should have brought be along, I specialize in drop kicking annoying people

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Good to know, I don’t want to end up in jail though :P

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    you should have brought be along, I specialize in drop kicking annoying people

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Good to know, I don’t want to end up in jail though :P

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  • Lucio500

    I’ve been Roppongi so many times.
    I think for a gaijin is a great place and to be honest I’ve had always fan there. I’ve been Gaspanic but it wasn’t that great, my favourite place to go is Feria, that is actually one of the busiest clubs there and one of the just few that do not have anyone to try to get you in with lies like ”free” os ”so many girls”. I am going to Feria even alone and everytime I’ve met people inside to have a great night. As all the other clubs in Roppongi the crazy night trarts quite late: around 0.30/1.00 am until 6am. Everytime I get out from there is great to see again the sunshine and all the cabs waiting customers drunk from the clubs. After clubbis is great to go to Yoshinoia to have something to eat and if is the case go in another place. By the way I’ve not found yet a place to go after a night out in Feria. Any advise??? :))) Lucio Itariajin

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Sorry for the late reply :3

      I’ve never been to Feria before, but I’ll check it out next time I’m in Roppongi! Any fast food chain is good after a night out :P

  • Lucio500

    I’ve been Roppongi so many times.
    I think for a gaijin is a great place and to be honest I’ve had always fan there. I’ve been Gaspanic but it wasn’t that great, my favourite place to go is Feria, that is actually one of the busiest clubs there and one of the just few that do not have anyone to try to get you in with lies like ”free” os ”so many girls”. I am going to Feria even alone and everytime I’ve met people inside to have a great night. As all the other clubs in Roppongi the crazy night trarts quite late: around 0.30/1.00 am until 6am. Everytime I get out from there is great to see again the sunshine and all the cabs waiting customers drunk from the clubs. After clubbis is great to go to Yoshinoia to have something to eat and if is the case go in another place. By the way I’ve not found yet a place to go after a night out in Feria. Any advise??? :))) Lucio Itariajin

    • http://www.yonasu.com yonasu

      Sorry for the late reply :3

      I’ve never been to Feria before, but I’ll check it out next time I’m in Roppongi! Any fast food chain is good after a night out :P

  • http://www.hobgoblin.jp Loudlight

    AlI I can say is…..go to Motown…1 not 2 for the ultimate Roppongi experience…..it will close soon

    • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

      Noted! I guess it’ll probably be closed when I return to Tokyo though…

  • http://www.hobgoblin.jp Loudlight

    AlI I can say is…..go to Motown…1 not 2 for the ultimate Roppongi experience…..it will close soon

    • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

      Noted! I guess it’ll probably be closed when I return to Tokyo though…

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  • fluffandcloud

    I want to go clubbing in Roppongi someday with my friends. I’ve heard of stories of people running into Japanese celebrities at certain clubs in Roppongi, and that it’s easy to run into your favourite idol if you know where to go. I’m kind of curious about this. Do you have any idea of which “certain clubs” these are?

    • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

      I have no idea, unfortunately. But I’m sure it’s not that hard to find out, should try next time I’m in Roppongi^^

  • fluffandcloud

    I want to go clubbing in Roppongi someday with my friends. I’ve heard of stories of people running into Japanese celebrities at certain clubs in Roppongi, and that it’s easy to run into your favourite idol if you know where to go. I’m kind of curious about this. Do you have any idea of which “certain clubs” these are?

    • http://yonasu.com/ yonasu

      I have no idea, unfortunately. But I’m sure it’s not that hard to find out, should try next time I’m in Roppongi^^