Nightlife in Tokyo: A Traveler's Guide to the City After Dark
Looking for a good time in Tokyo, Japan? Let me be your virtual guide to everything hip and flashy in Tokyo's nightlife scene.
The Tokyo nightlife is full of bright lights, exotic clubs, and friendly people. A trip to Japan is a down right loss if you miss out on exploring all the scenes that come alive after the sun goes down. Tokyo has so much to offer visitors that your head will spin on where to drop by next, but lucky for you, you can plan out your night out in the town in advance by checking out this list of must-see night clubs, bars, and everything else that will let you dance, drink, and enjoy the night away!
Some of the best things of the night life in Tokyo is that there's always something new to try if you're up for it. Or if you want to stick to your usual pub crawl routine the city is filled with nightclubs and bars that your head will spin trying to figure out which one to try. Give the Tokyo nightlife a shot when you're in the city. It won't disappoint.
Tokyo's Top Seven Nightclubs
Fill up your night's itinerary by jumping from one nightclub to another in Tokyo's partying district. Both foreigners and locals flock to these iconic clubs where you get to experience everything Tokyo has to offer. All the best night parties happen in these nightclubs and are a must visit for party animals who are traveling in Tokyo. You will give true meaning to "the land of the rising sun" when you spend a few nights partying the night away. Great the sun rise with a sedated thirst for partying by hopping over to these Japanese nightclubs over at Tokyo.
Nights in ageHa are always pumped up and roaring with music and dancing. Known as the biggest nightclub in Tokyo with a capacity of 5,000 patrons a night, you are guaranteed the time of your life from the moment you set foot inside this grandiose club. The club houses an impressive total of three dance floors, an outdoor pool, and numerous other chill out spots, so you can take you pick on where you'll be stomping to the music all night long.
Although it is not found in the immediate Tokyo area, but instead is a short free shuttle ride to Shin-Kiba from Shibuya, ageHa is a party goer's dream come true and it's well worth the short trip. The non-stop partying vibe over at ageHa will get your blood pumping for more drinks and dancing. After flashing an ID to confirm that you're of age, down a few choice spirits and get the party starting on the dance floors!
Party the true Japanese style at ageHa where it's all about fun, dancing, great music, and flowing spirits all night long. If you come at a good night, you can even catch many famous international and local acts gracing the ageHa stage.
2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto,
20 and over club
¥2500-4000, depending on the event
Fridays and Saturdays: 11:00 pm - 5:00 am
Phone: +81 3-5534-2525
A wild night is waiting for you at one of Japan's famous nightclubs, Womb. Located at Shibuya, which is considered Japan's hub for the trendy and hot younger crowds, it comes as no surprise that all the parties held in this club are no less than epic. Home to vast and spacious dance floors, pulsating lights, a perfectly put together sound system, and a giant mirror ball, Womb is nothing but Tokyo's party central and it's the place to be when you're exploring the nightclub scene of Tokyo.
World famous DJs are known to grace the dance floor of Womb, so if you want to make sure that your night in this club is totally unforgettable, check out the schedule to catch the DJ you want to dance to. If a flashy and wild night is what you're looking for during your stay in Tokyo, Womb is the nightclub for you. You can dance until your feet give up and party until the sun comes up at this Tokyo nightclub.
Not one second will pass where you will not feel like dancing to the beat of the music or downing a shot or two from the bar's wide selection of sake and spirits. The young and the beautiful party goers of Japan can be found at Womb. You too can be a part of the hot and happening crowd when you spend the night at this trendy Tokyo nightclub.
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0044
20 and over club, but some events may let under 20 guests enter
Admission prices vary depending on events of the night
Thursdays - Saturdays: 10:00pm - 5:00am
Phone: +81 (0) 3 5459 0039
For a classier and more formal night out of partying Tokyo offers visitors Genius. Situated in Ginza, one of Tokyo's more high-end and expensive districts, this night club offers the same vibe for party goers. The glitz and fashion of the surrounding boutiques in the area is embodied by everyone who enters the club for a wild night of partying with a splash of high fashion.
The high class club is a one of a kind experience that screams Tokyo in every way. Club Genius in Ginza represents so much of what the Japanese big city stands for. The bright lights, the fast paced life, and the updated world of fashion. Not just everyone can spend the night partying away at Genius, only the hippest and best dressed party goers can have a shot at entering the doors of this Tokyo nightclub.
Men in expensive and stylish suits and women in glittering dresses and designer shoes are the norm inside the walls of Genius. If you're planning to party hard in style, this is the club for you. Don't forget to dress up before coming to this club, because you might just be denied entrance if you look too casual and under-dressed. Make sure to look the part of the highly fashionable to up your chances of entering Genius.
Shibuya 150-0044, Tokyo
Men: 23 and over
Women: 20 and over
Prices vary for gender and night of visit.
Tuesdays - Thursdays: 7:00pm - 12:00am
Fridays: 7:00pm - 1:00am
Saturdays: 8:00pm - 1:00am
Phone: +81 3-3571-5830
Style and class can be found in all the five floors in the building on Roppongi where Feria is located. The club/lounge is popular for both foreign visitors to the land of the rising sun and locals alike. In Feria, guests can choose to enjoy a relaxing evening with just drinks at the bar or a fun night dancing the night away and making new friends on the dance floor.
Whatever night you have planned ahead, Feria probably has a floor that will suit your taste. A nice quite time in a lounge over exquisite cocktails and appetizers or a wild night filled with loud music and endless shots, Feria has it all. There's no other spot in Tokyo, possibly anywhere else in the world that offers an all in one night life experience under just one roof. For a truly unique Roppongi only experience, drop by Feria and have it all in just one night because each of the five floors has something different in store for you.
Dine and indulge in scrumptious offerings like sushi and wine on the first floor or enjoy a night of R&B music at Midas, on the second floor. Have a sophisticated night at the third and fourth floors in the Crystal lounge and cap the night off by dancing and enjoying the views on the rooftop bar. Feria has a lot to offer guests in every floor, none of which should be left unexplored.
Feria Building, 7-13-7 Roppongi,
20 and over club
Prices vary for gender and night of visit.
More information: http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_nightlife/dance_clubs/Feria+Tokyo/1200
Mondays - Saturdays: 7:00pm - 5:00am
It was a sad day in 2008 for Tokyo party veterans when one of the city's most popular clubs the Space Lab Yellow closed it doors. Little did they know that an even better clubbing experience awaits them in just two short years. After the original club closed down the staff of Space Lab Yellow resurrected the two-floor clubbing space to and today it stands as one of Tokyo's best nightclubs: Eleven.
The club is now under a different name, but many of the former staff of Space Lab Yellow call Eleven as their own to this very day. The club is a popular spot for many local and foreign club goers who want to dance the night away during techno and house nights. Eleven is also known for playing host to many overseas talents like DJ Jeff Mills and DJ Carl Craig who are crowd favorites when it comes to partying.
Aside from foreign talent Eleven also hosts an off beat dub step night where electronic music is blasted for patrons to bang their heads to. On some nights, local talent takes over the stage at Eleven where the talent of so many Japanese musicians are highlighted on the stage. Crowds are drawn to Eleven because it's within walking distance of Roppongi. Combining the easy access and the great nightclub ambiance, Eleven is a must go to destination if you're looking for a night filled with partying and entertainment.
Thesaurus Nishiazabu B1-B2F,
1-10-11 Nishiazabu. Minato-ku Tokyo
20 and over club
*Price may vary depending on talent and event of the night
Phone: +81 3 5775 6206
The eccentric and electrifying Tokyo club Unit is the place to go when you want to hear live music while drinking a few shots. If you thought that a multi-story basement was impossible, you have not yet set foot inside Club Unit. The club is divided into three separate areas for patrons to go to. The main room is where everything happens. It can hold up to 600 people at a time ensuring that you'll bump into Tokyo's hottest and trendiest clubbers inside the nightclub.
A smaller room on the second floor functions as a "dance floor", but the space is a little too small to move around much, but with the club's killer sound system you will still find yourself dancing no matter what. The final room inside the basement nightclub is the all-night cafe where you can get a good meal in the middle of all the chaos and partying. Although on special nights the cafe can be used as the venue for an event.
Aside from Unit being a rambunctious nightclub, the place is also a sought after venue for live gigs. Many foreign indie bands and a number of local acts book Unit as the venue for their gigs. Whether you're up for a night of loud and energetic clubbing or a night filled with new indie music Unit is where you should head to when you're visiting Tokyo.
Za House Building B1F,
1-34-17 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku
20 and over club
*Club entrance may vary depending on the talent or type of gig being held inside Unit.
Phone: +81 3 5459 8630
Trump Room - Tokyo
The interiors of this Tokyo nightclub might be disorienting for first time visitors, but the Trump Room in Shibuya is a hipster's paradise. Walls are heavily decorated with mirrors and stuffed animal heads. The ceiling is so full of chandeliers you would think that it's in danger of collapsing in on itself, but rest easy the Trump Room is perfectly safe for you to have a wild night of drinking and partying.
The club is so hip that since it's opening they have never made an official website. It's very trendy and underground that it's a club you should have on your Tokyo nightclub must visit places. The club might not be as exciting or high energy compared to the other nightclub in Tokyo, but it's relatively cheaper and offers up a truly twisted and unique nightclub experience. Despite having a DJ the overall ambiance of Trump Room is relaxed, cool, and laid back.
The usual crowd in Trump Room are those high-end trend setters and fashion leaders who love being different and unique even when it comes to their clubbing preferences. Being just a short 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station, the club is very accessible too. There are so many reasons why Trump Room is a nightclub you want to visit, but like many places in Tokyo, it has to be experience first hand for you to understand just why it's so amazing.
301, 1-12-14 Jinnan,
20 and over club
More or less ¥ 2,000
The Best of Tokyo's Weird Nightlife
Japan is known for its weird and quirky lifestyle and a trip to the off-beat city of Tokyo can be best savored if you experience every type of nightlife the city offers. The typical bars and clubs can be experienced at any part of the globe, but venturing to the strange, odd, and mysterious side of Tokyo will give your trip extra fond memories.
Not to mention that stepping out of the norm and off of your comfort zone can lead to so many adventures. There's no other city that will give you the chance to live as weirdly as possible without any judgement attached. Tokyo is the home of the world's weirdest clubs, cafes, and other various forms of entertainment. Not experiencing these first hand when you're already in the city will be such a waste.
Take a trip down the odd, strange, and different. For all you know you might just fall in love with the shockingly off-beat Japanese culture like so many tourists have done so in the past. Take a trip through Tokyo and don't be afraid to try something new.
Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku
A cabaret like no other found in the world, the Robot Cabaret in Tokyo is a nightlife attraction that should not be missed when given the chance. Bikini-clad robotic babes will entertain you all night as they dance to funky music while you sit back, relax, enjoy this weirdly fascinating take on a cabaret with a glass of beer in your hand.
This type of dining and entertainment experience is something that is truly Japanese in every way. The weird mix of robotics and dancing is unique to the Japanese and no other country would have thought of combining the two together. The upbeat music, the flashing lights, and the well timed choreography mixes so well together with a couple glasses of cold beer. The Robot Cabaret is a very famous nightlife attraction that the place is always crowded. The club has earned its popularity fairly as it is a wonderfully weird and truly Japanese way of entertaining an audience.
Make reservations and plan your visit to the Robot Cabaret in advance because ticket prices are steep, but it's an experience worth spending for and you won't regret splurging one bit! It's a once in a lifetime experience that shouldn't be missed when you're visiting Tokyo.
B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg,
1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
up to ¥6,000
Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Artistic types visiting Tokyo and looking for a night out in the town to drink while being inspired artistically will get a kick out of the Kodoji Bar. Knows as a "photographer's bar" located in Shinjuku's Golden Gai bar district you will not only enjoy drink at the bar, but also wonderfully taken photos and the rarest books on Japanese photography. The bar is pleasing to both the sight and the taste buds, especially if you're into beers of different kinds.
A low-key night of art and inspiration is waiting for you at Kodoji Bar. If you want to see what Japanese photography is all about, this is the perfect bar to visit in Tokyo. It may be hard to find Kodoji Bar because they are illusive and refuse to advertise which adds to its charm and appeal. The best way to get a drink at this artsy bar is to just ask around the area where you can find it. It takes true dedication and interest in Japanese photography for you to search for this bar, but you'll agree it's worth the effort.
It's small bars like Kodoji that make the Japanese bar scene stand out from others all around the world. When the world has turned to social media and the likes to attract more people, Kodoji remains hidden from the eyes of the world and yet people take their time to look for the bar. Proving that if you're worth the effort, people will go through anything just to get a chance to spend time at your establishment.
Don't give up on your search for Kodoji Bar, it's mysteriousness is all part of the allure and experience!
Established back in 2002 as a space for musicians and artists to gather, SuperDelux is now a bar in Tokyo where artists come together to admire each others works and accomplishments. Located in a basement in the Roppongi there is no shortage of unique experiences inside the "bar". Activities in the spacious location can vary depending on the available artists and what they have to showcase. On some nights there are exhibitions and charity fundraising events.
There are also monthly regular scheduled events like Pecha Kucha designer gatherings where creative minds come together to share insights and stories to like minded and interested listeners. Sometimes there are even improv gigs you can catch. When planning to visit SuperDeluxe it's important to pay attention to their schedules so that you don't come at a time where what they're showcasing isn't your cup of tea.
If all else fails, you can always just dine at the bar's kitchen. A slice of pizza or a hearty plate of curry while admiring the art pieces around you is a good way to spend the night. To cap off the entire night their Tokyo Ale microbrew is a must try. It's produced just a few miles from the bar and it's a great way to end you day!
B1F, 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu,
Minato-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Monday - Friday: 7pm-12:30am
Phone: +81 3-5412-0515
Micro Bars in Nonbei Yokocho
Littering the streets of Nonbei Yokocho, translated to "drunk alley," are some of Tokyo's best drinking spots. What makes this area standout from the rest isn't the glamorous buildings, the high class guests, or the fancy decor, it's actually the size of the bars. Commonly known as micro-bars, these minuscule watering holes in the wall can usually just seat a maximum of up to 12 people at a time. Making it necessary to get there early to have your place on the bar.
Bringing along a rowdy gang would be ill advised when planning to spend some time inside Tokyo's micro-bars. The patrons and owners of these tiny drinking havens prefer a night that is low-key and filled with good booze instead. It's not a place to party, it's more like a place to enjoy each other's company while sharing a pint of beer or a few shots of sake through the night.
One of the micro-bars you must visit in Nonbei Yokocho are Amulet-D, a birdhouse-like bar in Shibuya, but it will take luck and great timing to get a seat in this micro-bar. Count yourself lucky to experience a night in Amulet-D. Just like every micro-bar in the city the seats are limited and usually filled with a loyal patron who feels at home inside Amulet-D.
Another must-try micro-bar in the area is Saya, a standing bar where you don't only enjoy exceptional and fairly priced drinks, but also amazing sushi as the bartender doubles as a sushi chef too! You can experience the thrill of drinking at a micro-bar while savoring on a piece of sashimi at Saya. That's just some of the perks of this micro-bar.
Nothing beats the friendly ambiance that comes with Japanese micro-bars. There's nothing quite like it even if you search high and low around the world. The custom is built on familiarity, camaraderie, and Japanese hospitality and the bar owners and patrons will gladly extend their warm welcome to new comers, if you're lucky enough to find a seat that is.
Don't worry if you can't get a seat in these two micro-bars, the area is littered with all sorts of other bars that will be just as good. It's all about soaking in and enjoying the hidden Japanese culture when strolling along the drunk alley of Tokyo.
1 Chome 25 10, Shibuya
Saya standing bar prefers to retain its old-school charm by catering to its elderly regulars. To get a chance to try out what they offer, just ask around the area to find where this hidden gem is located.
An Unusual and a Truly Tokyo Experience
The nightlife in Tokyo is unlike anything else you can experience in the rest of the world. Aside from the usual party and dancing through the night clubs and bars, which is relished by the residents of Tokyo as the ban on dancing after midnight was abolished just last October 2014, there are other nightlife attractions that are considered must-sees.
If you're the type of person who love to try something new and different during their travel to other countries. Or someone who just loves to immures themselves in the culture of a foreign land, Tokyo is the city where you can do all that without even leaving the city limits. There's so many things to try and experience in Tokyo. From traditional activities to out of this world cafe concepts, you can find it in this Japanese city.
Japan is a country that is rich in culture and is very heavy on traditions, but that does not mean they lack entertainment. Contrary to that, in fact Tokyo has many odd and weird attractions that will tickle your fancy and keep you coming back to explore the rest. Have the night of your life running wild inside Tokyo's best clubs or walk through the beat path of unknown entertainment along hidden street corners. Tokyo will never run out of nightlife experiences to share with visitors.
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