Hiroo

Name: Hiroo

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°39’06.53″ N 139°43’20.30″ E

Station: Hiroo Station (H03), Metro Hibiya Line

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? For a quick stroll or some night dining.

Updated 4/24/2021

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Hiroo is a small town just southwest of Roppongi in Tokyo.

There’s not a lot do to here because the town is mostly a high-end residential district. There are however many very cool restaurants and few large parks + complexes worth checking out. The area is known as one of the more upscale areas in Tokyo. It also has many high end car dealerships.

There are several large hospitals to the north, and a large Christian college. Roppongi is to the northeast, and Shibuya is to the northwest, both easily within walking distance.

Just to the east a few blocks is the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library and gardens.

Access

Get the Metro Hibiya subway line and exit Hiroo Station – the 3rd stop on the line. When you exit to the street you’ll be on Gaien Nishi-Dori which runs north-south.

If you head a bit further south on Gaien Nishi-Dori you’ll come to Ebisu.

Area Layout

The town is pretty simple – one main street running north-south and a bunch of side-streets. Most of the interesting stuff is on the main street. There is also Hiroo Strolling Street (see below).

The biggest reason to visit Hiroo is for the nice restaurants. There are also a few multiuse complexes worth checking out. There’s a wide range of food from Italian, pizza, cafés (there’s a nice Blue Bottle Coffee), sushi and more.

Blue Bottle Coffee which is right across from the station.

Café Michelangelo.

Hiroo Plaza, Hiroo Garden, National Azabu Supermarket

Around 35°39’00.19″ N 139°43’17.13″ E is a large multiuse complex called Hiroo Plaza worth checking out. Right across the street is Hiroo Garden – another small shopping complex. There is also a small free city shuttle bus stop right out front of Hiroo Garden. Both are worth a look.

Around 35°39’02.42″ N 139°43’27.84″ E is a very nice large organic grocery called National Azabu Supermarket.

Hiroo Strolling Street

At 35°39’02.08″ N 139°43’16.63″ E to the west is Hiroo Strolling Street (aka Hiroo Shopping Street) – which comes alive after dark and makes a nice nighttime stroll. Right on the corner is a huge 2-story wine bar/shop called Vinos Yamazaki.

New Sanno Hotel

Just a few blocks east from the intersection of Gaien Nishi-Dori and Meiji Dori is the New Sanno Hotel. If you’re looking for a nice hotel in the area, this is it. There are some others which aren’t as expensive, but if you’re looking for pure luxury and nice surroundings, New Sanno is the best in the town.

Yamatane Museum of Art

About 1/2 a mile to the west around 35°39’11.52″ N 139°42’49.09″ E is the very cool Yamatane Museum of Art. This museum has an excellent contemporary clean design inside and out and has a huge collection of ancient art. If you have a few extra minutes and don’t mind the walk, it’s worth checking out.

There are also quite a few ancient temples in Hiroo worth checking out.

Conclusion

Hiroo is a very hip quirky little town. If you’re on the Metro Hibiya Line and have a few free minutes, pop in and take a walk to check it out – especially at night.

Enjoy!

Additional Photos

There are also several bus stops.

Lots of high-end car dealers abound.

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Station

Hibiya Line | Tokyo Metro Line

Hiro-o Station/H03 | Route/Station Information

https://www.library.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/central_library/

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/cafes/hiroo

Exploring around Hiroo Station: For Lunch and Dessert

Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Hiroo – Café in Hiroo

Finding New York Style Pizza at The Pizza in Hiroo – Japan Journeys

VIDS

Blue Bottle Coffee @ Manseibashi Station

You can soon get your Blue Bottle cold brew coffee fix from a can - Los  Angeles Times

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Name: Blue Bottle Coffee Kanda

Kind: Café

Location: 35°41’51.10″ N 139°46’11.06″ E

Station: Akihabara Sta.

Address: 1-chōme-25-4 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 101-0041, Japan

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Totally.

Updated 9/25/2020

A new Blue Bottle Coffee café has opened in the historic Manseibashi Station just north of Tokyo Station in Kanda. Well worth a stop in for a drink and a rest. Note that most seating is outside. This is the 11th Blue Bottle Coffee in Tokyo.

To get here exit Akihabara Station, head south on Chuo-Dori to Manseibashi Bridge, cross it, then turn the corner right past the station. Blue Bottle Coffee is down on your right – the 1st shop just past the 1912 stairwell entrance.

Hours are mostly 8:00-9:00 AM – 7:00-ish PM.

Drinks are around 500¥ (about $5 USD). They also sell BBC mugs.

Check out the gorgeous photos @ urdesignmag.com below.

The mAAch eCute mall inside Manseibashi Station in general is well worth a stroll.

LINKS

https://www.urdesignmag.com/lifestyle/2019/04/02/blue-bottle-coffee-kanda-manseibashi-cafe/

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/cafes/kanda

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/shopping/maach-ecute-kanda-manseibashi

https://japantravel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/spot/02301-1405315/

https://www.ejrcf.or.jp/mansei/english/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manseibashi_Station

Manseibashi: The Phantom Station of Tokyo

Experience The 100 Year History of “mAAch ecute” Underpass

https://tokyorailwaylabyrinth.blogspot.com/2013/09/manseibashi-revival-of-abandoned-station.html

https://visit-chiyoda.com/

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The 1912 stairwell on your right is just before Blue Bottle Coffee.

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On the 2nd floor of the station is a small museum detailing its history – worth a quick look after your coffee break. From Blue Bottle Coffee head north on the west side of the station, then head inside for the elevator to the 2nd floor.

Blue Bottle, pop-up store in Kanda

The east side of the station from mAACh eCute‘s official brochure. Pass this to the left shown here, then head right.

mAACh eCute map. The station is in the middle, Akihabara Station is the small “+” shaped area to the right. The bridge crosses the Kanda River.

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyki4e6RG84BT_xzi4oYkRw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il3lGdmG888