Sunday, May 31, 2015

Night Out in Tokyo: Tokyo Nightlife

After a typical day in Tokyo with sightseeing or a side trip to Hakone for hot spring.
The nightlife could start around 5pm to 6pm or later depending on your day plan.

My typical night out would be:

- 5pm to 6pm (time of sunset): Tokyo City View Observatory for the beautiful night scenery;
- 8pm: Sushi dinner at Midori Sushi in Akasaka.
- 10pm to 11pm: Second stop for quick bite at Miroku Standing Yakitori bar in Akasaka.
Exciting Tokyo nightlife could start in Shibuya
For some travelers, they could stop there but remember Tokyo is a city that runs 24 hours a day. I would recommend adventurous and energetic travelers to maximize their Tokyo experiences by going further:

- To read about my recommendations of affordable, Reasonable, Convenient hotels in Tokyo, visit: Affordable Cheap Reasonable Hotels in Tokyo
- To read about my recommendations of affordable and reasonable hotels in OSAKA, visit: Osaka Reasonable Affordable Hotels
- To read about my recommendations of reasonable, affordable, and convenient hotels in KYOTO, visit: Kyoto reasonable, affordable, and convenient Hotels
- To read about how to plan your trip to Tokyo, visit Planning for your trip to Tokyo
- To read about where you can find the best Ramen in Tokyo, visit Best Ramen in Tokyo

Consider planning:
- 10pm to 2am: Disco dance club in Shibuya area.
- 1am to 5am: Roppongi bar hopping in one of the safest nation in the world.

General Nightlife Tips and Recommendations:
1. Romantic night scenery sites and bars are highly recommended for couples, especially for those who are proposing.
Cheers to Tokyo Tower!
2. Do not limit yourself to only one restaurant for dinner, there are plenty of yakitori stands where you can get a quick bite before you head over to Shibuya or Roppongi.
3. Shibuya is an area with many disco dance clubs where local Japanese customers often visit.
4. Roppongi area has a high concentration of bars and clubs that cater more to the international and English speaking crowds.
5. Shibuya and Roppongi nightlife usually picks up after 1130pm, around the time the last train/subway stops running. Club go-ers are usually "trapped" in Shibuya and Roppongi areas until the first train/subway starts to run at 4am-5am.
6. Public transportation options essentially stop after midnight.
7. Taking taxi is expensive in general, and even more expensive after midnight.
8. Consider staying at a hotel near nightlife districts if you are planning to walk back to your hotel or to save money on taxi fares.
9. Remember to carry your photo ID or passport with you. Some of the night clubs will not allow entrance if you are under 20 years of age.

Here are some of my suggestions for Planning Nightlife in Tokyo, Japan:

Night Scenery Spots
- Tokyo City View Observatory: Must visit for first time visitor
Tokyo City View Observatory Deck, located inside of Mori Tower in Roppongi

- Tokyo World Trade Center Observatory: Wonderful view of Tokyo Tower.
- Tokyo Metropolitan Building Observatory in Shinjuku - FREE OF CHARGE!
- Fuji Television Observatory in Odaiba : Best view for Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo skyline.
Fuji Television Observatory in Odaiba, Tokyo

Dinner Suggestion
- Sushi Midori
- Sushi Zanmai
- Masazushi in Ginza
Yakiniku dinner with nice night view from Garuva restaurant in Aqua City Odaiba.
Nice yakiniku dinner in Odaiba with Ranbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower view.

Second stop (quick bite) Suggestion
- Miroku Standing Yakitori Bar in Akasaka.
Standing Yakitori Bar in Tokyo
- Omoide Yokocho Yakitori near Shinjuku station.
- Ginza Corridor.
Ginza Corridor, Tokyo Japan.
- Shinjuku Golden Gai.
- Shibuya Nonbee Yokocho.
- Izakaya in Shibuya, or everywhere and anywhere.

For those who want to have a more relaxed night time activities or things to do when you have jet lag at night
- 24 hour shopping at Donki Quijote, most popular chain store to shop for souvenir. 
- Internet cafe for web browsing or resting.
-  Hanging out or killing time at fast food restaurants like McDonald's before the first train/subway starts running.
- Karaoke to sing your heart out at any time of the day.
-Onsen hot spring spa at Oedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba or Spa LaQua near Tokyo Dome. Both open almost 24 hours a day and offers special evening discount. 

For the more sophisticated crowds who like Jazz Bars or Live Band Music
- Tokyo Blue Note.
- Kentos live house
- New York Bar: Lost In Translation bar, located in Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku.
- Jazz Club Alfie

Bars with Best Views of Tokyo Tower
- Top of Shinagawa Lounge and Bar, inside of Shinagawa Prince Hotel.
Top of Shinagawa Lounge and Bar at Tokyo Shinagawa Prince Hotel

- Sky Lounge Stellar Garden inside of The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel.

Shibuya Night Club District
- Shibuya night clubs usually have cover charges of 2000 to 3000 yen.
Shibuya Night Club Area on a quiet night.
- Club Womb
- Club Atom
- Club Air
- Club Camelot
- Take a walk by the Love Hotel District in Shibuya Love Hotel Hill.
Entrance to the Shibuya Love Hotel District

Roppongi Club and Bars Hopping
Roppongi Area is always crowded with people, even at 3AM.
- Club V2: 360 degree view of Tokyo.
- Club Feria.
- ColoR Cafe Night Cafe.
- High concentration of bars for bar hopping; the bars usually require you to buy a drink before you are allowed for entrance.

WARNINGS for Red Light District in Shinjuku Kabukicho:
1. Do not enter the biggest red light district of Japan unless you know what you are doing.
2. Not recommended unless you are guided by someone trustworthy like Viator.
3. Watch out for both Japanese and non-Japanese pimps/touts and street ladies, you will be targeted because you are a foreign visitor.
4. Try to stay sober so you would not make any dumb moves/decisions with the pimps/touts/street ladies. Non-Japanese street ladies tend to target drunken foreign visitors.
5. Try to stay with your group of friends. Pimps/touts like to target solo or small group travelers.
6. Never follow pimps/touts/ladies to any "club" no matter how good their offers may sound. Popular/Legit clubs will never need any touts/pimps to advertise for them.

Consider joining Viator night tours:
1. Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour
2. Tokyo Robotic Evening Cabaret Show
3. Tokyo by Night: Japanese Food Tour
4. Tokyo Night Photography Tour
5. Roppongi Walking Tour with Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu Dinner
- Night bus tour gives you night street views of the city.
- Feels safe when guided by a reliable tour company in an area like Shinjuku Kabukicho.
- Relatively inexpensive for the night-time-only tour.
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