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.
Look at the link to METROPOLIS for more info on clubs etc.
Dress Code: Be aware, some clubs may still not allow you in if you have exposed tattoos.Related to:
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Shinjuku Ni-chome: Gay Area ... Nichome
This is the area of Tokyo for gay people. Many bars and clubs are here. You can also find host bars, saunas, sex-clubs and escort boy bars.
Um... I hear some gaijin say that the area is a bit racist, but my gaijin friends never say that. They know the area better than me and enjoy it completely.
Some cruising spaces do only let certain guys in... but that's not usually based on race. Some places may be for Japanese guys who like Japanese guys so that isn't a place for a foreign visitor, but then I can't get into a bear bar either as I am not that "type" of guy... I don't go run scream RACISM because of that... I realise that unlike other areas Japan's nichome has many specialist bars and if you respect that and you'll have a great time.
After all, there are a large number of gaisen bars that specialise in Japanese guys who are into foreigners. Can't we all just think of others?
Dress Code: Like the musical... Anything goes!!!Related to:
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ROPPONGI AT NIGHT: ROPPONGI AT NIGHT
IF ONE IS A NIGHTLIFE PERSON OR JUST WANTS TO SEE WHAT NIGHTLIFE IS ALL ABOUT IN TOKYO....YOU HAVE TO GO TO ROPPONGI!!!!!! THAT IS THE HAPPEN PLACE OF A NEVER DULL MOMENT....THE NEW YORK..LAS VEGAS..HOLLYWOOD OF JAPAN AND TOKYO..
ALL OF ROPPONGI IS BUZZING!!!!!!
Dress Code: CASUAL TO BIG TIME UPTOWN LOOK!!!!!
ROPPONGI CAVERN CLUB: ROPPONGI CAVERN CLUB
IF YOU LOVE THE BEATLES YOU GOT TO CHECK THIS CLUB OUT!!!!!
THE BAND THAT USUALLY PLAYS HERE IS THE "SILVER BEAT"...WITH SOME NICE BEATLES SONGS..THEY ROCK THE HOUSE WITH THEIR COOL RENDITION OF BEATLES' TUNES!!! !Cover ¥1,575 ($15), plus a 1 drink minimum and 10% service charge
Dress Code: CASUAL !!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!
A FABULOUS TIME GETTING TOGETHER WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE AT THE HOTEL/HOSTEL THAT I STAYED AT WAS TO GO SINGING ONE NIGHT.. .:0
WE WENT IN AT 11PM AND CAME OUT AT 5 AM. ..WOW!!!! BUT IT WAS FUN !!!!!!!!THEY LET US SING FREE AND WE ONLY HAD TO PAY FOR ONE DRINK FOR EACH PERSON. ..VERY COOL !!!!!! THAT WAS 500 YEN....
Dress Code: CASUAL.... ............. ............. .................
ROPPONGI KENTOS': ROPPONGI KENTOS'
A SUPER PLACE TO ROCK OUT WITH SOME OLDIES TUNES.. . GREAT BANDS AND GOOD FOOD..
A FUN PLACE TO STAND UP AND DANCE ....!!!! NOT A LOT OF ROOM TO DO THAT ..BUT FUN NONE THE LESS!!!!!
CASUAL .... : )
SEEING THE SIGHTS OF ROPPONGI: SEEING THE SIGHTS OF ROPPONGI
A MOST FASCINATING THING TO DO IS CRUISE THE STREETS OF ROPPONGI AT EARLY EVENING OR LATER AS THE NIGHT INTENSIFIES ...IT IS A TOTALLY HAPPENING PLACE FOR THE NIGHT LIFE MINDED!!!! SO MUCH TO DO!! !Night is a friend to Roppongi and to its inhabitants of party-goers and pleasure-seekers. The streets are filled with beautiful people stumbling about in a haze as they hop from club to club. In rich, rolling Nigerian accents, club hawkers call out to the passing crowds inviting them with promises of fun and people. Perhaps it’s the blinding flashing lights, the blaring%c music or the alcohol , but the insides of the popular clubs do boast a population of the most incredibly good-looking, charismatic people who personify the word “cool.” It’s the type of place that any trendy groupie with low self esteem would aspire to become part of.
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Cave Be: Local Live Rock Music
Shimokitazawa is filled with "live houses" AKA music clubs where you can check out the local indies music scene. The district is popular with the college-age crowd and also features many second hand clothing stores and CD/DVD stores. Wandering around you may also find the rehearsal studio where many of the local band's practice. Don't be afraid to take the plunge and see some local live music - I haven't run into a bad band yet so it's really just a matter of finding a style you're into. Cave Be is a venue that specializes in Rock/Pop Rock/Pop musical acts. Depending on the night a ticket for entry is about 10,000 yen (US $10) with a purchase of a mandatory drink ticket. In exchange your treated to a line up of 3-4 musical acts.
The venue is located on the basement level of a building on one of Shimokitazawa's side street's (check the website for a map on how to navigate your way there). Cave be is s-m-a-l-l. There are no seats, no tables - it is essentially the size of a large bedroom with some extra space for a stage up front, a whole in the side of the wall to order drinks and, a few tables in the back for sound equipment and CD/merchandise sales and a bathroom near the entrance of the live house.
Cave be was one of my favorite discoveries on my last trip to Tokyo.
Dress Code: Casual - Jeans are the norm among the Cabe Be clientele.Related to:
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My good friend Maria is a professional singer for a Latina Salsa Group in New York. Her group was having a live concert in Tokyo and we met up for dinner. This photo shot during a duet between Maaria and me at a Kara-oke in a local bar. We sang ' I'm your Angel'
OH! GOD: Pool shots
Playing pool and watching movies on a big screen while drinking with your friends sounds nice, isn't it? I had a nice time with all of you: Eric, Vince, Greg, Yoko & Hyung Jung. Thanks friends.
THANKS A LOT VT BIXENTE FOR THE PIC
Shibuya is the entertainment district of Tokyo. Lots of clubs and restaurants catering to all different types. Club Asia is espescially good!!! Roppongi (sorry for spelling) is for the people who just want to get drunk and laid. Shibuya is for the people who like to go out and have fun.... more upscale than roppongi.
Dress Code: Dress smart!
Pachinko! Oh no!
This is what the Japs like for nightlife.
I try to understand it but it's to no avail.
Why? Why? Why?
Next time may be you can try interviewing the Japanese & let me know why they like this "sport"! or rather "spot".
It's a billion $ industry...
It's what I called the fixation fascination!
Plus fun, I suppose.
This actually reminds me of a cog in the wheel cycle of life... it's as if people are living life on an assembly line. Day & night, they have to work on something... the act of feeling productive, perhaps?
Pachinko's design is similar to that of the vertical version of pinball machine. The main aim of the players is to drop the ball into holes. At the end of the game, the balls are exchanged for prizes.Related to:
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Cafe Latino: Latin music
Here you can enjoy listening and dancing the latin music, either from Latin America or Europe
anywhere in Shibuya: Nightlife in Shibuya
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