Dear Customers.
We would like to inform you that we are remodeling our 1st floor office from Feb. 9th until Feb 12th, 2013.
If you need to contact or visit us directly, please go to the 4th floor of the building or call 080-3127-3048. You can also send us a message at e-mail address : tonuma@uhomes.co.jp.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

On behalf of our entire staff of Urban Homes Co, we would like to thank you for choosing to stay in our apartments. We will continue to improve our services and performance standards to ensure that all our guests will have comfortable and enjoyable experience. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to serving you in 2013 and beyond! Kadomatu

The legendary Beer Hall Heartland from 17 years ago is reborn with a brand new concept: A ‘Neighborhood Bar’ for people to gather, chat and hang out. It is not a place for drinking beers, but a hot spot for grown-ups to enjoy art and music together. Heartland provides excellent food, art, music and video, so that you can enjoy the original beer concept through-out.

Heartland is a standing bar on the first floor of Roppongi Hills. This artistic space welcomes people working in the same building, foreign company employees and IT technicians to enjoy all sorts of discussion.

For people over 30 and looking for a drink after work, this spot is really popular. Because of its international atmosphere, the customers here are mostly foreign guys and Japanese girls looking to meet foreigners. There are also some students who come here for a quick drink after parties. Heartland being the most famous standing bar in Roppongi is a great place to hang out for the weekdays as well as weekends.  

The stylish green lighting is the symbol for this place. The entrance is straight into the open air, looking very welcoming. You can seat down briefly for your beer, there is no dress code for that., easy come, easy go. Most people stand inside with their drink in hands, engaged in some casual conversation. It serves as a third place between work and home, makes you want to stop by every day.

At Heartland, you can start by order one beer only, and the beer will be 100% wheat, 100% aromatic, not so bitter but real refreshing. It only cost one 500 Yen coin for a Heartland beer, no service charge needed.

Besides the reasonably priced Heartland beer, they also have seasonal cocktail, champagne and wine. Tell them your favorite fruit and color then they will provide you with your own original cocktail. Food here are mostly those you can eat with one hand.  From light snack to proper cuisine, there are many choices waiting for you.

To order here you will have to get used to the ‘cash on delivery’ style; to pay at the counter. After that, standing for a brief drink or sitting down at the table for a long chat is entirely up to you.  

It is not a club for dancing, nor is it a disco style bar. During the weekdays, it gets really busy till late,and on the weekends you can hardly find a place.There are famous DJs invited to support various events on every Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They play all sorts of music to bring up the atmosphere and to match with the environment in Heartland.There are also gallery on the wall for you to appreciate with your drink. The pictures inside are changed every 2 weeks or 1 month, to introduce as many as possible talented artists. It is a bar with the perfect mix of art and music.

6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.kirin.co.jp (Available in English)


The traditional methods of preparing the Japanese Udon Tsuru Tontan noodle have preserved carefully so that the freshness of the Japanese Udon Tsuru Tontan homemade noodles can be achieved always. At locations where the udon noodles are made, they are usually freshly cooked and there are lots of new menus that feature popular and classic udon dishes and other dishes which are seasonal and popular; such meals are usually available on limited periods. The taste of udon depends on the quality of flour, water and salt, together with the skills in making the noodles. The proportion of water and salt need to be adjusted according to the temprature, to be mixed well and beaten into the batter, then to be left until mature. After that the dough need to be stretched carefully, then cut into certain size. That is how the udon can be chewy and tasty. And Depending on your mood and the soup you are eating with, there are 2 different sizes of udon to be chosen from. The normal thick udon is chewy, which will sure bring pleasure to your mouth; while the thin ones pick up more soup, thus the flavoer might last longer.There have been some comments from different people who have tasted the udon noodles. Some of the comments were mostly positive; however there were some bit of negative comments as well.


Tsuru Tontan provides huge noodles that are good in a classy setting but that the service is poor and the price is quite high. The noodles are typically too soft but the chewiness which the noodles lack is somehow recovered by the slippery texture and beautiful presentation of the superior broth. Another comment is that the though the sloppy service is often covered up by the relaxed atmosphere as you will not feel rushed, that is the special feature that keeps the restaurant packed with customers. It is usually a great place to relax at night or to wait for a train at the wee hours. The partitions between tables at the Tsuru Tontan give an atmosphere of quietness and privacy; even when the place is pack full with people.

The bowls are quite gigantic; large enough to probably fit in one’s face in, the wooden huge spoons also match the bowls perfectly. However there is no much difference between the Udon and any other kind of noodles. Some point out that the sketchy service that is received is probably due to the busy staff however it is not a good reputation for any business. You may often find a few English menus. There are usually seats available so that a waiting queue will not get uncomfortable. The meal is often being made right in front of you as you could often notice over the counter as the meal is being prepared. There is ground spaces sunk for your legs and there are shoe lockers as well. It is just an atmosphere that is comfortable and warm.

Tsuru Tontan
3-14-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Lunch: 1,000-1,999yen
Dinner: 1,000-1,999yen

Feria Tokyo
There are too many clubs in Roppongi area. But the most eye-catching one around Roppongi crossing would be Feria Tokyo. It is of course the most popular club among foreigners in Tokyo.
Being in an individual building in this area is already a luxury, not to mention that they have a grand entrance, like those for the hotels. Every floor has a different atmosphere; for dining, dancing or enjoying relaxing music. There are 6 different rooms, each having a unique concept, on the in total 5 floors.
“Music Lounge” hall, with its 7 meters high ceiling, can hold 150 people. Besides lighting, this lounge is also known to have good lighting.
“Crystal Lounge” is a luxurious space, designed to hold nice parties for the grown-ups. It can even feel like a house party, with a gorgeous and spacious room, always welcoming the repeaters.
There floor that was renewed contains New Floor, Feria Studio. The stone walls gave a really tough impression, together with the chandelier it is favored by many New Yorkers.
Here, there is party every day, even for the weekdays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, there is happy hour and Wednesdays is free entrance for ladies. For the weekends you can guarantee the huge crowd enjoying house, hip-hop and any music you like,
Let’s go and check it out!

Feria Bldg. 7-13-7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
■Nogizaka Sta.
5 minutes walk from Exit 3,
Chiyoda-line Subway
■Roppongi Sta.
5 minutes walk from Exit 7, Exit 4A, Exit 4B,
Oedo-line, Hibiya-line Subway
http://lounge-feria.jp (Available in English)
7:00pm-5:00am; closed Sun

Alife, located in Roppongi-Nishi Azabu area, has more than 3000 visitors every week. Having been here for more than 9 years, Alife holds many interesting parties; the 3 floors’ big space is its selling point. Here you can always find the music style you like, as well a nice drink or even a quick meal to go with it; the menu is filled up with wine from all over the world, even cigars from Cigar is at service.
From Basement to the second floor, you can enjoy this place as you wish. Basement is the main stage for the various events during weekends. Then the first floor is the homey Alife Café, there is a relaxing bar and darts area. Imagine you can always enjoy a drink on your own here while waiting for your partner. The second floor is the lounge space, with boxes for party with not so many people.
Every weekends (Friday and Saturday nights) and public holidays, there holds Discotheque Party Alife Tokyo, which takes up the entire club. During the party you will hear the latest hits, the all-time favorite, Hip-hop and R&B. Surely you can have a real pleasant party!
Let’s go and check it out!

1-7-2 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.e-alife.net (In Japanese)
Fri・Sat 9:00pm -Late; closed Sun-Thu

If you happen to be in Japan and are wondering what interesting items to buy from the county, there are a handful of Japanese souvenirs to choose from. In fact there are websites and companies that deal specifically in providing souvenir items for those looking to buy them. Here are five items that can make good Japanese souvenirs especially if you are on a visit to Japan.

Maneki neko: this is one of the most popular item in most major places in Japan; restaurants, shops, offices and banks. It is a statue that represents a beckoning cat. It is one of the popular Japanese lucky charms and it is believed to attract good luck and prosperity in business

Tenugui: this is another popular item that is a good souvenir to buy in Japan. It is an object that has several uses. It is a rectangular cotton towel that is quite thin; about 90cm long and comes with various printed models- floral, ukiyo-e or geometrical. It can typically serve well as a towel, used to wrap gifts items, worn as headband, used for room decoration, used as tapestry and other uses.

Yukuta: this is summer kimono that is made of cotton and it is light and casual. It is worn mostly at festivals. You will find this material at all tourist area in Japan; however to get good quality one, you will have to get it from a regular store for clothes. You will find various models that are larger and of higher quality.

Geta: this is an accompaniment to the Yukata. It is a traditional foot wear that looks like the clogs and the flip-fobs. They are usually wooden and if they are too small for your feet, there are the larger zori sandals which are also more comfortable and formal footwear.

Japanese hand fans: there are lots of different hand fans that people carry about during summer. You can find hand fans as folding ogi or uchiwa non-bending hand fan. At festivals you may be given some unique hand fans for the occasion; some are often plastic fans and widely distributed as marketing material on the street.

If you want to buy Japanese souvenirs in Roppongi,We recommend “SOUVENIR FROM TOKYO”.

7-22-2-B1, Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo
TEL: 03-6812-9933 FAX: 03-5775-4670
Closed on Tuesdays, the year-end through the New Year’s holidays
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Dear customers;
Please check out live up date for Great Tohoku Earthquake
We are having normal life and Roppongi has no scheduled power outage and has enough food and water.
Please do not worry about radiation too much.

Following the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the government has officially lifted all tsunami warnings across the country. We have checked our apartments in Tokyo including populated area Roppongi and they remain safe for living. Should you have any concerns, please contact our office for assistance.

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Following the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the government has officially lifted all tsunami warnings across the country. We have checked our apartments in Tokyo including populated area Roppongi and they remain safe for living. Should you have any concerns, please contact our office for assistance.

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