Nightlife in Tokyo is huge. They have everything from geisha
bars to jazz or ''hostess'' clubs, dive bars referred to as ''shot
bars'' and zany themed dance clubs. It is legal to drink out in the
streets and vending machines even stock cans of beer!
A good way to enjoy Tokyo''s nightlife is in an
, a pub-style watering hole serving food and drink.
Western-style bars are much more expensive than those with local
flavour, though chains like The Hub have happy-hour prices that are
Roppongi is the top nightlife district in Tokyo, where the
locals are very friendly to
(Westerners). Be wary of hostesses and ''patrons'' who
try to lure you into one of the districts many gentlemen''s clubs,
where drinks are prohibitively expensive. Shibuya also has a number
of nightclubs, and Shinjuku is home to both Tokyo''s red-light
district and its primary gay bars. While Shinjuku is famous for its
crazy atmosphere, women are advised not to walk around alone. For
less expensive bars that cater to students and backbackers, go a
little further to the Shimokitazawa, Koenji and Nakano
Many bars and lounges impose a ''table charge'', which includes
snacks like nuts or chips. Not all venues charge and policies vary,
so ask before you order anything. Note that the legal age for both
drinking and smoking in Japan is 20.
Those looking for a more cultured evening can catch a
performance at the Kabuki-za theatre in Ginza.
Tickets range from ¥3,000 to ¥22,000, or you can catch a single act
for as little as ¥800. Other popular forms of theatre include the
restrained and refined
puppet theatre. You can also see traditional
Western music performances by the Tokyo and NHK Symphony Orchestras
at various theatres around Tokyo. Check the Japan Times for concert
For detailed nightlife listings, grab a copy of the free