For chill, laid-back Tokyo vibes (and something a little bit off-the-beaten-track) stop by Nakano for a drink or two! Just five minutes from Shinjuku on the train, Nakano is famous for Nakano Broadway Street (中野ブロードウェイ) , where you can find anime and specialized character goods, along with tiny izakayas and old-fashioned Japanese gourmet food. 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. You’re bound to meet a new friend!
Here’s our picks for Nakano, one of the most underrated places in Tokyo.
Ideal for anyone who’s a fan of the 80s, hit up this bar and choose from their extensive music list with cult classics like ABBA and Michael Jackson, and a few underground artists as well. Their drinks are reasonably priced and come it at 350-500 yen during happy hour, a real bargain for Tokyo!
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In an area full of older bars and izakayas, Bar Dunk seems to stand out. Modern and with a hint of Mediterranean class, Bar Dunk’s blue and white tiled walls really make themselves known in Nakano. Enjoy some good food and drinks and imagine you’re summer-ing on the French Riviera!
Check out more information on Bar Dunk and get your discount coupon here!
If you’re a fan of Japan’s many mythical monsters, this is the spot for you! The owner here is a horror-film director and has filled the bar with his collection of figurines and plush dolls from all over the Asian mythos. Enjoy a cup of coffee at this unique place while geeking out to vintage anime like Ultraman!
Check out more information on Daikaiju Salon and get your discount coupon here!
A truly unique bar experience that you won’t get anywhere else, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into a Buddhist temple! Here, your drinks are prepared by a real Buddhist monk. Up for a chat? He’s there to listen to your life problems, educate you on the history of Japan or just have a friendly conversation! And don’t worry if your Japanese is a little rusty – he speaks three languages!
Check out more information on Vow’s Bar and get your discount coupon here!
This little rock-and-disco-inspired bar is here for your entertainment. Nights vary depending on their schedule, but you might encounter live music or even a magic show! Even if you’re not there on a special night, this is a good place to come with friends to have chill drinks and get to know the locals.
Check out more information on Jet Bar and get your discount coupon here!
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