The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Nightclubs

By AMENA RAHMAN for compathy on Feb 24, 2017

With so many Tokyo nightclubs to choose from, finding the one for you can be a daunting task. Luckily, our Tokyo nightclub guide has all the information you're going to need to get partying.

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Tokyo’s many clubs offer a respite from the relentless pace of the world’s largest city; they are oases of fun, spontaneity and fellowship in a potentially overwhelming urban environment. If this seems a little verbose, well, it is. However, once you’ve experienced the magic of Tokyo’s clubbing scene, you may begin to understand our enthusiasm. 

From disco-balled Roppongi cattle markets to Daikanyama’s hipster haunts, we’ve surveyed Tokyo’s clubbing landscape in order to compile the ultimate and definitive guide to Tokyo clubs. Whoever you are, whatever your tastes, however healthy your bank balance – we have something for you. But first, a few Tokyo clubbing tips from the experts. 

For a more general look at nightlife in Tokyo, check out Tokyo Nightlife – Where to Go When the Sun Goes Down.

Tokyo Clubbing Tips 

Most Tokyo clubs, like in other cities, won’t let you in without some proof of age. A passport will do but a driving license or an ID card will also suffice. Expect to pay a cover charge when entering, with prices ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 yen. However, ladies are in luck, some clubs offer free or discounted entry for women and sometimes offer special women-only drinks promotions. Non-Japanese men may also have their entry fees reduced. Also, remember that Japan remains largely cash-based, so don’t rely on your credit or debit card. 

Finally, one of the biggest annoyances for regular Tokyo partiers is that most trains stop running at around midnight and night buses are non-existent. Thus, after this time, astronomically expensive taxis become your only option for getting home. Most people bypass the issue altogether by staying out all night, with most clubs opening until around 5 or 6 am to accommodate this. If you ever needed an excuse to stay out all night, you’ve found it. 

Tokyo is mammoth so we’ve decided to group clubs by area to help you out a little. Take a look. 

Shibuya Clubs

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Shibuya is a fashionable Tokyo district, mainly attracting a younger crowd in their 20s, international students and tourists looking for a good time. Given the demographic mix, Shibuya’s nightlife has a refreshingly global feel. Most spots are within walking distance of Shibuya Station, making getting to the club a breeze. 

For more watering holes, check out Your Guide to the Hippest Bars in Shibuya.

1) Womb

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Anybody who goes clubbing in Tokyo knows about Womb. Heavy emphasis is placed on the quality of music and atmosphere, two significant factors in its rise to the top. Womb has drawn acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Diplo and Paul Mac in the past but every weekend offers something special. This warehouse club has three floors of nonstop partying, with the main floor marked out by its massive disco ball high above the revellers below. Having undergone a renovation in 2016, it’s now more popular than ever.

Station: Shibuya Station
Address: 2-16, Maruyamacho, Shibuya Ku,Tokyo
Phone: +81 3-5459-0039
Website: Club Womb

 

2) Sound Museum Vision

Sound Museum Vision, or Vision for short, is difficult to miss. Located on one of Shibuya’s main streets, you’ll find droves of clubbers waiting to get in most nights of the week. As the name suggests, the club prides itself on having the best sound system and attracting international DJs, making it especially popular among electro, techno and hip-hop lovers in Tokyo. Rooms are placed along the main dance floor in a labyrinth-like manner, which can be fun to wander and a great way to meet new people.

Station: Shibuya Station 
Address: Shintaiso Bldg. B1F, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan
Phone: 03-5728-2824 
Website: Sound Museum Vision

 

3) Oath 

Open until eight in the morning, Oath is a favourite of committed night owls. Tucked away in a corner of Shibuya, this venue provides the perfect underground experience, soundtracked by an eclectic mixture of disco, techno and electro. If you’ve got the stamina to keep going into the wee hours, this club, hailed as one of the best small clubs in the world, is for you.  

Station: Shibuya Station 
Address: Aoyama Building,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo
Phone: 03-5888-5847
Website: Oath

 

4) Harlem

Harlem is the place to go to if you want to explore Tokyo’s thriving hip-hop culture. A stone’s throw away from Shibuya Station, Harlem is recognisable by its red carpet entrance. The cover charge (between 2,500 – 3,000 yen) includes one free drink. Rap, R&B and hip-hop blare through the speakers encouraging dance battles on the floor. International MCs are invited from all over the world and the club draws a good crowd of regulars every weekend. 

Station: Shibuya 
Address: 2 Maruyamachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to
Phone: 03-3461-8806
Website: Harlem

5) Trump Room

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Trump room is a place where the Japanese fondness for Americana and vice versa intertwine. It’s been featured in the American HBO TV series Girls and is particularly notable for inviting local talent to entertain its international crowd. It’s not easy to find, adding to its Alice in Wonderland charm, but when you do you can join the fashionistas and fashion victims of Tokyo to boogie away under the golden chandeliers and glittering lights.   

Station: Shibuya 
Address: 2 Chome-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3770-2325
Website: Trump Room 

6) Club Camelot

Club Camelot is a staple in the diet of those hungry for a party. Ladies enter for free and non-Japanese men have their entry reduced to 1,000 yen before midnight. Afterwards, prices spike up to 3,500 yen. A popular haunt for students and young crowds, the three floors are divided into three genres: EDM, hip-hop and general mainstream music. A guaranteed cheap and fun night. 

Station: Shibuya 
Address: Kananzaka FLAME, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5728-5613
Website: Club Camelot

 

7) Bonobo

Bonobo is a little club with a big name and pretty popular with local internationals. The drinks aren’t too expensive and the small front bar disguises the heavy rave den lurking in the back. The music ranges from experimental jazz to electronica. If you want to take a breather you can head to the upper floors, where tatami-floored chill out rooms await. A real gem of a club with something for everyone. 

Station: Shibuya 
Address: 2-23-4, Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6804-5542
Website: Bonobo

Daikanyama Clubs

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The border between Shibuya and Daikanyama can be pretty difficult to pinpoint, yet, the district does have a vibe of its own. The area is very international and noticeably wealthy but home to two of the city’s coolest clubs. 

For more on Daikanyama, take a look at our area guide

1) Unit

A mix between a live house and a club, Unit has multiple levels, each with its own unique visual theme. Unit plays host to everything from big-name bands and DJs to local up and coming talent so be sure to check the schedule to see what they’ve got in the pipeline. 

Station: Daikan-yama 
Address: 1-34-17 ZaHOUSE, Ebisu-nishi, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5459-8630
Website: Unit

 

2) Sankeys TYO

From its humble beginnings 20 years ago in Manchester, Sankeys branched out to New York and Ibiza and has now landed in Tokyo. With ‘the revitalization of the maturing Tokyo dance music scene’ as their goal, Sankeys has proven to be an exciting addition to the dance music culture in Tokyo. Some of the best music in town is guaranteed, complemented by high-quality sound and lighting systems. 

Station: Shibuya / Daikan-yama 
Address: 2-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6455-3260
Website: Sankeys TYO

Shinjuku Clubs

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Shinjuku is more famous for its bars than its clubs and tends to attract a more Japanese crowd. The dark-suited salarymen are particularly hard to miss. However, if you’re in Shinjuku at night and nothing but a club will do, there are options.  

For more on Shinjuku, check out what else Compathy Magazine has to offer

1) Casablanca

Cheap entry and even cheaper drinks draw in hundreds of students to Casablanca every weekend. If you want to party with an international crowd, Casablanca is a fun spot. 

Station: Shinjuku 
Address: J2 building, Kabukicho, Chome-7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6457-6501
Website: Casablanca

2) Key Club Shinjuku

Key Club Shinjuku offers music from around the globe, from reggaeton to techno. The doors are open until 8 am with the crowd a good blend of locals and internationals. If you just want to dance the night away, Key Club can keep you busy until the sun comes up.

Station: Shinjuku 
Address: Sakae Bldg, 1-6-11 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-3203-4670
Website: Key Club

 

3) DecabarZ

Tokyo DecabarZ is a favourite hangout for Tokyo’s alternative, goth and cyber clubbers. If you’re visiting, drop in to check out lots of cosplay girls and colourful street style on the dance floor. Many of the clubbers can speak English so you’ll be able to strike up conversations even if you don’t know any Japanese. Top tip, visit around Halloween to see the club at its best. 

Station: Shinjuku 
Address: Shinko Building,1 Chome-2-13,Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-6273-8415
Website: DecabarZ

 

4) Tokyo Loose

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Tokyo Loose is a charming bar that’s fun, cosy and friendly. The staff speak English as well as Japanese so you won’t have any problems ordering drinks. Dancing can get a little awkward as the dance floor is fairly small and crowds are common. Yet, despite the size, the club is still a good spot to chill, soundtracked by pop, hip-hop and Latin beats. If you’re lucky, you may catch the monthly international party, which is a great night to make new friends. 

Station: Shinjuku 
Address: Maruomi Building B1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-3207-5677
Website: Tokyo Loose

Roppongi Clubs

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Roppongi’s dual reputation as both glitzy and seedy make its nightlife interesting, to say the least. Its upscale hostess clubs, shady bars and legendary clubs often prove irresistible to foreign travellers, making it another spot where internationals are common. The age range tends to be a little higher in Roppongi compared to somewhere like Shibuya, but don’t let that put you off. 

For more, check out Roppongi Nightlife – Your Guide.

1) Fusion

An upscale cocktail bar that’s provided the location for many movies and TV dramas, Fusion certainly isn’t cheap, but if you’ve got the yen, it’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Descend the staircase into a gilded underground room where you’ll be greeted by the hostesses and quickly offered cigars, champagne or whatever else you may desire. 

Station: Roppongi 
Address: 7-13-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-5785-0571
Website: Club Fusion

 

2) Odeon Tokyo

Odeon, located in the heart of Roppongi, has kept alive a constant heartbeat of house beats for upwards of ten years. Dedicated to EDM, techno and house, this club-cum-bar boasts the highest quality sound system in the city to be enjoyed from either the large dancefloor or the exclusive VIP area. If you’re looking for some serious clubbing, Odeon could be the Roppongi club for you. 

Station: Roppongi 
Address: 3F, 3-15 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-3478-4555
Website: Odeon Bar

 

3) NishiAzabu Alife (Previously known as Feria Lounge)

Feria Tokyo, joining forces with Brand, now lives on as NishiAzabu Alife. A steady stream of celebs and artists pass through this place’s doors, which open at 9 pm and don’t close until 7 am. Alife is divided into three “concepts” spread over three different floors. So whether you want to jump around like a crazy person or kick back with a cigar, you’re covered. 

Station: Roppongi 
Address: ECONACH Nishi Azabu Building, 1-7-2,Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-3408-1111
Website: Alife Bar

4) Muse

Although in the past Muse has been the target of raids and shut down on numerous occasions, the club persists as one of the most famous clubs in Tokyo and one that is particularly popular with hardcore partygoers. It has dance floors, private booths, billiard tables and bars, all filled out by huge crowds. Although the music isn’t particularly specialist – a lot of chart music and EDM – it does its job, certainly pleasing the committed regulars. Ladies enter for free while gentlemen need to dig into their wallets a little. 

Station: Roppongi 
Address: B1F Azabu Kasumacho condominiums,Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-5467-1188
Website: Muse

5)  V2 Tokyo

V2 TOKYO is an exclusive nightclub, unmistakable from its perch in a central Roppongi high-rise. Make the ascent and you’ll be treated to an inimitable view of Tokyo, pulsating EDM and chart hits and relatively affordable drinks. Due to its popularity, expect to queue to get in, especially on the weekend. V2 is busy so make sure you keep your wits about you. Ladies enter for free on Ladies Night each Thursday.

Station: Roppongi 
Address: 13F Roer Building,Roppongi, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-5474-0091
Website: V2 Tokyo Restaurant and Bar

6) Jumanji 55

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This is a good place to start the night as the drinks are cheap and the music loud. Jumanji 55 has ladies and men’s nights every week, each offering drinks for as little as 500 yen per person. It gets packed every weekend but also opens until 9 am on weekdays, unlike a lot of Tokyo clubs. Expect plenty of tourists and locals dancing to R&B and dance remixes.

Station: Roppongi 
Address: Mariner Building, Roppongi, Minato-ku
Phone: 03-5410-5455
Website: Jumanji 55

Ginza Nightlife

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Ginza is a neighborhood that makes you feel like you like you’ve finally hit the big time. Ginza literally means “silver mint”, a description that isn’t too far off. The nightlife in Ginza is more glamourous than Shibuya and you won’t find too many tourists hanging around. If you want a night full of luxury, Ginza is the place to be.

For more, check out Ginza Bars – Your Ultimate Guide.

1) Club Diana 

Named after the Roman god of hunting, Club Diana is an accurate name for a club for people on the prowl. This club has bars, a dining area, a massive dancefloor – with go-go dancers performing on the central stage – and a light and sound system that borders on overwhelming. They have a regular roster of famous Japanese DJs and a crowd that is perhaps on the mature side, with plenty of people dropping in after work or a shopping spree in glam Ginza. Ladies can expect a cover charge of 2,500 yen with three drinks and men 4,000 yen with two drinks. However, every Saturday, women get free entry and guys get their fare reduced to 2,500 yen.  

Station: Hibiya 
Address: B1 and B2 Toho Twin Tower, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
Phone: 03-5501-1115
Website: Club Diana

 

2) Ginza 300 Bar

You can still have a cheap night in Ginza at this charming little bar. This place is a little hidey hole with standing room only but is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals. Drinks are only 300 yen, hence the name, but you have to buy a ticket at the door. The staff are friendly and the place has a very chill vibe to it. It’s a great place to pre-party before you start your night in Ginza.

Station: Higashi-ginza 
Address: B1 Fazenda Building, Ginza, Chuo-ku
Phone: 03-3572-6300
Website: Ginza 300 Bar

 

3) The Iron Fairies

Just around the corner from the cosy charm of 300 Bar is The Iron Fairies, a hipster hangout par excellence. Iron Fairies has a ‘vampire lair’ vibe to it (in a good way): all deep velvet chairs, expensive cocktails and old-school R&B whispering through the walls. The drinks are expensive, but this is to be expected in Ginza. This place can be a bit empty on weekdays but weekends see a buzzing crowd descend. 

Station: Higashi Ginza 
Address: Cheers Ginza, 5-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku
Phone: 03-6274-6416
Website: The Iron Fairies

Aoyama Clubs

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Not well known for its nightlife, especially among tourists, Aoyama, a somewhat upmarket area squeezed between Shibuya and Harajuku, may nevertheless be what some of you are after. Like Ginza, it’s where the city’s glitterati congregate and party, so be sure to dress your best to avoid falling foul of fussy bouncers. 

Fai

Club Fai is a small but upscale club, despite being located in the basement of a Starbucks. The club opens at 10 pm, with things only really getting going until about an hour later. Fai mainly plays house music by Japanese and international DJs and you can expect a packed dance floor every weekend. They also enforce a dress code, so keep it classy.

Station: Omotesando/Shibuya
Address: 5-10-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-5466-3181
Website: Fai Aoyama

Tokyo Gay Clubs

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Tokyo’s LGBQT scene is centred around Ni-chrome in Shinjuku, an area famous for its plethora of gay, bi and trans friendly bars and clubs. Check out two of the best below. 

1) Dragon Men

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Dragon Men is a casual gay bar with a good mix of locals, expats and tourists. There’s no entrance fee and the drinks are reasonably priced, though be sure to bring plenty of cash along as they don’t take credit cards. The decor is unremarkable but the fun and friendly atmosphere more than makes up for it. It has a decent dance floor and the music is usually a medley of recognisable chart-toppers. Handily, you’ll easily get by with only English in this place. 

Station: Shinjuku - sanchome 
Address: 2-11-14 Shinjuku-ku, 
Phone: 03-3341-0606
Website: Dragon Men Facebook Page

 

2) Arty Farty

Arty Farty is a gay bar that’s been around for years which now has a twin bar named The Annexe. This place really goes off on the weekends but can be quite chill during the week. It’s known to have a pretty good bar and lounge area with a dance floor. You can meet both gay and straight having a good time here. The play mostly American chart toppers. An added bonus is that you can come and go as you please after getting stamped on entry. 

Station: Shinjuku 
Address: 2--11-7, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Phone: 03-5362-9720
Website: Arty Farty

Shin-Kiba Club – ageHa

Way out on the reclaimed waterfront, ageHa is so serious about their clubbing that they offer a shuttle bus from Shibuya exclusively to their Shin-Kiba location for the hardcore party people. There are multiple dances floors, each with a lighting and sound system to write home about, as well as an indoor pool and an outdoor event tent. ageHa holds the biggest gay event every couple of months called Shangri-La. With multiple dance floors, international DJs, massive sound systems and pole dancers, this event has become a must-go for gay Tokyo.

Station: Shibuya 
Address: 2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku
Phone: 03-5534-1515
Website: ageHa
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