Shidax: Singing is fun
If your going to spend a few weeks in Japan, one of the best things to do for a night out is go to a karaoke club. You pay a set amount for a couple of hours 2000yen which includes your own private room and as much as you can drink. Take some friends or even as I did go with some locals its a great laugh.
Dress Code: No one should be naked
Reggae + Japan = Love
I was fortunate to be in Japan for two hot events, Pharrell from the Neptunes concert and Japan's Reggae fest in Yoyogi Park. I didn't realize that the Japanese love and sincerely appreciates Reggae music. There are lots of bars and clubs that play reggae music. Can't remember all the clubs we went to in Tokyo but they were all so much fun.
Cotton J: Home away from Home
Cooton J's is a nice little bar that enjoys having new faces in the place. The owner is great once you've been there once your family and she remmember you drink will go in the back and cook snacks for you and your friends. Beer is cheap the atmosphere is great and if you enjoy hip hop your in the right place. You can also Karoke
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Ageha: Tokyo Superclub
What a club! It is probably Japan's biggest nightclub with a massive arena (some of the worls best DJs play there regularly - recent acts: Basement Jaxx, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega, Dave Seaman, Ministry of Sound and many more), a smaller room for hiphop. drum n bass etc, an outside reggae pool area, a chillout tent with huge blowup matresses and great visual shows and 4 good-sized bars. If you come to Tokyo you have to go here (its a bit out of the way in Shinkiba but it's definately worth it). Open: 11pm-6am.
Dress Code: No cameras
This is a way around the gaming laws in Japan. Pachinko parlours are everywhere in Japan and you should at least duck into one for the experience. As you walk in through the well sound proofed doors be prepared for the wall of noise and clouds of cigarette smoke!
We had to have a go and it is hard to figure out what was going on, but here is an explanation of how to waste some money:
- Find a free machine
- Pull out a 1,000 Yen note and look confused, one of the attendants will come over, press a button that allows you to feed the note in through a slot at the top
- A load of steel ball bearings will come out of a slot at the bottom.
- There is a knob on the right of the machine that you need to twist to control how high the balls go
- As you start doing well some of the balls will start to collect in the tray at the bottom, we found we needed to feed these back into the game, but you will see the people who have been there for several days have theirs stacked in plastic trays all around them!
- Helpful Japanese people will try to give you some pointers
If your luck is like ours you will walk out with a smile on your face, but a little confused. Apparantly if you win something it will be a prize like a toaster that you are then supposed to cash in next door for money.
Tokyo Nightlife - An Overview
The action doesn't get under way until about 11 pm. Most people planning a night out head to the bar on the last train & stumble home on the first train the next morning. A taxi ride will surely be very expensive unless your destination is close.
There's a concentration of gay/lesbian bars in Shinjuku 2-chome (2 = “ni”). Many of the bars and clubs are for men only, but a few bars allow mixed groups. Ni-chome is probably not the most exciting place to spend your “night-out in Tokyo” in.
Kabuki-cho in Shinjuku was the "seedier " side of town, though it has some fun little drinking spots. A favourite with the locals having a person who knows the area is certainly a huge advantage.
Roppongi is probably the most popular place for tourists to drink & go clubbing. English is widely spoken and the area is full of non-Japanese people. Roppongi has a wide range of bars & clubs that cater to most tastes.
Shibuya has a few of clubs & is very popular with the young local crowd. A night out in Shibuya is bound to be fun!
Good nights out that I have had have been in Shibuya (Izakaya & then Karaoke, at a club, drinking the night away at various bars), Shinjuku (clubs in Kabuki-cho, at a drag-show in ni-chome & again wandering from bar to bar in the alleys around the kabuki-cho area) and at Izakaya's & local bars in any area... as the night wears on you seem to have made so many friends (even though no-one speaks the same language).
I have never liked Roppongi. The area doesn't seem like Japan at all. It developed as a nightspot after the Americans arrived in Japan after Japans surrender in WW2. I am not the best person to comment on this area, but I should restate just how popular it is with most non-Japanese people.
You can go to an Izakaya and then on to Karaoke and have a great night out. This type of night is more Japanese than heading to a club. If you want to try the Japanese night out, give this a go.
Dress Code: Be aware, some clubs may still not allow you in if you have exposed tattoos.
Also many clubs demand photo id... age has nothing to do with this, so take some kind of photo id with you.Related to:
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club yellow, velfarre, air , my faves: must visit
good djs spins there every friday night , weekends djs like derrick may, ferry corsten, carl cox..u name it. dont forget to take yr id card with you. oh *grin* there are lot of hempshops, head shops where u can buy legal XTCs ,,my fave is the one in roppongi dori its called "freakbros" and the stuff is called "melone" cost u about 5000 yen which is nothing . dont buy stuff from the street-isreali looking boys. a big no no .
All over Japan: Karaoke
Japan is the birthplace of karaoke (kara-oke 'empty orchestra') and remains enormously popular. Rather than the embarassing spectacle I'm familiar with in the UK, in Japan a group of friends can rent a small room complete with all the equipment.
In front of my friends I wasn't afraid to make a fool of myself and had to have the mic prised out of my hand. Of course, a beer or two loosened my tonsils :)
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New York Bar: Lost in Translation... with a view!
My motivation for coming to this bar was that it was featured in "Lost in Translation"... actually, the whole Park Hyatt had several scenes in that film, but I digress. I am in no way a big-spender or a high-roller, but I must say that it was fun to treat my friend and myself to a drink (which cost more than my roundtrip train ticket from the airport to Tokyo) in this posh bar. Service, as expected, was impeccable, and the ambience was divine. We left before the live music started and the cover charge went into effect.
Dress Code: It's a nice place, so you want to look good but it definitely is not formal.
Live it Up in Shinjuku
Shinjuku has to be seen to be believed. There is a plethora of activity here for the active night owl ranging from bars to adult shops, pachinko to clubs. And all the while searching for the best spot, you will be blinded by all the neon lights and signs that abound here.
Lum Bar Pain: imported beers
Great beer for just and only 7 bucks!!!!!!
For those of you that think Japan is an expensive country, I brought here more lumber for your fireplace. What about an imported beer for 5.55555 euros? Expensive? And what about full lunch for the same price? do you see...? Everything depends on where do you set your priorities...
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A Karaeoke (or however the hell you spell it) bar.: Carry-okey
Well I don't know the name of it but it was located in the Ueno district. But reccomendations for this karaoke bar aren't really that useful - I assume most of them are the same.
It was my last night in Tokyo and hadn't planned anything special. One of them things that just "happened" I guess. I tell ye, I'd proper sandpapered me vocal chords by 6 o clock that morning.
It seemed to me at the time that the entire bloody building was dedicated to karaoke. That's about 5 floors, each floor having say 20 small rooms. A lot of you will know this already but what you do is, you book a small pristine-white room with a monitor and a remote control. You've typicall got a manual listing the available songs-you key em in and wait till your song comes on. The qords appear on the screen so you'll have no trouble singin' along.
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Izakaya: Let The Beer Flow
You have to go to an Izakaya while in Japan.
An Izakaya is a Japanese version of a pub. Here you can get beer, cocktails and an array of sake as well as snacks that suit all tastes (not only Japanese food).
The prices range depending on which Izakaya you go to. Some of the bigger chains are much cheaper, but you can find some great rustic ones were the prices are still reasonable.
Once the Japanese get drinking they become very boisterous and friendly. If you want to interact, then an izakaya is a good place to go. Many a new friend has been made over asahi beer and bowl of edamame (soy-beans).
We took a group of friends to one and they loved it... they so got into the Japanese swing of things that they started writing Haiku there! Was a great night and the haiku's were pretty funny.
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Womb: Party day or night
Great club, 4 floors overlooking massive dance floor. Great lounge bar on 1st floor. always packed out on the weekends. Often afternoon and weeknight events. Mainly house, techno, tribal and drum and bass. Best light/laser show in Tokyo and biggest disco ball.
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For gentlemen only!
Japan, especially in Tokyo and other major cities, literally have hundreds of colorful "bar alleys". They are lined on both sides with numerous small bars where one can have a drink plus small conversation with a hostess or a mamasan wearing a nice kimono. Unless you're someone rich like Donald Trump, forget about being entertained by a "geisha" as that bill could run you into the thousands of $$$$. I've heard as much as $20,000 for the ichiban (# 1) geisha in Kyoto!
Dress Code: Wear a coat if you want to visit the nicer drinking establishments as Japanese men tend to dress more formal than their Western counterparts.Related to:
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