Do you wonder if there’s a particular dress code for going out in Japan? What is there to bring for a night out? Are tattoos, sandals, shorts allowed? Let us answer your worries and help you prepare for your nights exploring the awesome Tokyo nightlife!
Preparing for a night out in Tokyo is quite easy relative to most countries. From cheap pre-games to lax dress code, all you really need is a buzzing energy and your PKW (Phones, Keys & Wallet).
It’s the day of love! Valentine’s Day is a holiday commonly associated with couples. But, it started as a holiday to celebrate love, both romantic and platonic. Let’s express our love not just for partners, friends or family, but also love for music, the arts, food, and drinks. Embrace the love in the air and let’s enjoy a delicious night out for this special occasion!
Have you got a special day planned for you and your significant other? If you’re out in Tokyo and looking for an intimate place to grab a drink or some food, here are some of our recommendations!
Having previously worked in the craft beer industry, it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of good quality beer. I don’t often go out to Roppongi; however, when I do I always make sure to grab a pint (or two) at Two Dogs. Two dogs is great for a lot of occasions. I feel comfortable going alone as the bartender is always friendly, but it’s also spacious and lively making if a great place to meet up with some people. Their selection of beer is always changing and never boring, which can be the case with some craft beer bars in Japan.
You would be pleasantly surprised how many underground, secret bars there are in Tokyo! Instead of searching on Google and going blindly into the bars with the biggest and brightest signs, we have been exploring into small alleys and hidden corners, coming across all kinds of unique and amazing places. It is difficult to narrow down to a few of my favorites but here are a few spots which I have to throw the spotlight on!
2019 is here! After the celebrations during Christmas and New Years, we are all finally settling back into our routines. Marking down our New Year resolutions, we are so excited for the start of another amazing and exciting year!
Looking back in 2018, we have visited a high number of more than 200 bars, nightclubs and late night restaurants in the past 6 months! From the vivid Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi to the local and hipster Nakano, Koenji and Shimokitazawa, we have chosen and selected the most unique and memorable ones to show you!
For chill, laid-back Tokyo vibes, stop by Nakano for a drink or two.
Nakano is famous for the Nakano Broadway Street where you can find anime and specialized character goods, along with tiny izakayas and old-fashioned Japanese gourmets. Be sure to visit a ramen shop or two while exploring the narrow streets hidden from the main area. You’ll fall in love with the friendly, casual vibes of the tiny bars in the streets of Nakano, and will never leave without a new friend!
Visit Nakano, one of the most underrated places in Tokyo.
Historical but modern, Azabu Juban is the home for the best restaurants and bars in Tokyo.
A beautiful residential area in the city, Azabu Juban is where the traditional meets international. With restaurants serving traditional Japanese foods such as soba noodles and donburis, Western cuisines and trendy cafes can be found anywhere in the area as well. The Azabu Juban shopping streets and traditional festivals are also great ways to experience the hidden cultural wonders of the district.
Explore the Tokyo you’ve never experienced before in the hidden gems of Azabu Juban!
It’s almost impossible to come to Japan and never explore the beauty of Asakusa.
This place is the home of the most traditional Japanese architecture such as the iconic Kaminarimon gate and the Sensoji Temple. In the Nakamise streets packed with more than 50 tiny shops, you’ll find the perfect Japanese sweets and gifts that are perfect for souvenirs. You can also devour the savory dishes of tempura and unagi in the city, after a quick stroll along the Sumida River where you can see the cherry blossoms during the spring season.
Visit Asakusa—the perfect getaway to explore the ancient Japanese atmosphere.
Manga, anime, idols and cosplay. These four words are the only way to explain the ever-growing popularity of Akihabara.
With countless shops that sell character goods and costumes, this place is the spiritual home for all of the so-called “otakus” or anime lovers. While there are huge shops like Yodobashi Camera, electronic and tech lovers gather to scavenge through tiny countless specialty parts shops. Find your favorite anime character and meet other fans in Akihabara. Unique shot bars and cafes are hidden in narrow streets not too far from the main area.
Escape the real life and dive into a subcultural fantasy!
Looking for a city that never sleeps?
Roppongi is where all of the nightlife happens. If you’re craving a friendly atmosphere with good alcohol and food, make sure you put Roppongi on the top of your to-do list. With an international crowd at any bar or club, you will find yourself feel at home in the streets of Roppongi. You can also spend the daytime wandering through different museums, cinemas, and galleries in the Midtown area. The hottest restaurants, cafes, and art exhibits can also be explored in the sophisticated neighborhoods of Roppongi.
Whether you’re here for the modern art or not, why don’t we all end the day drinking and dancing the night away in Roppongi? It’s a safe place to unleash your inner party animal!
The hotspot for the latest trends? The iconic scramble crossing? Billboards gleaming in neon of every color? You guessed it—Shibuya has everything for the younger generations of Japan.
Bursting with diverse cultures of all kinds, Shibuya is the place to find the hottest music, food, art, fashion and entertainment. Whether you’re a local or a traveler from the other side of the globe, you’ll fall in love with whatever this city has to offer. Shibuya Center-gai offers a wide selection of food, bars and entertainment for any crowd—at any time of the day! Fashonistas, trendsetters, designers and creators come to share their passion in the streets of Shibuya.
Dive into the craziest neighborhood in Tokyo and join the party! Let Shibuya take you on an experience you’ll never forget.
Shop, eat, party and drink—all in the district of Shinjuku.
With massive department stores, museums, and even a park over at Shinjuku Gyoen, there’s something for everybody here in Shinjuku. If you’re into bar hopping, the red-light district Kabukicho is the ideal paradise for late-night izakaya lovers! From classic Japanese to international cuisines, you can find restaurants and bars serving literally any type of food you can think of. Make sure to witness one of the most beautiful night views of Tokyo that Shinjuku’s towering skyscrapers create.
Forget your plans and be spontaneous… Anything can happen in the streets of Shinjuku!