Located in Tokyo Bay, it was originally a fishing village named Edo but in 1868 was renamed to Tokyo (meaning “eastern capital"), it now has the largest urban economy in the world. A City of skyscrapers, in March 2011 the Tokyo Skytree became the worlds’ tallest telecommunication and broadcasting tower at a neck-aching 634 meters (2,080 ft) high.
There are many things to do in Tokyo during the day and the evening, and Feet Do Travel share 7 best nightlife destinations in Tokyo
You cannot visit Japan without trying its national dish of sushi at least once, and there are plenty of late-night sushi bars in Tokyo to choose from. Sushi is vinegard rice mixed with different ingredients, and although the most popular is fish, many types of sushi are vegetarian. Sushi is often confused with sashimi which is thinly sliced raw fish or meat served with optional rice.
The best and most famous place to try sushi is Sukiyabashi Jiro, which is located in Ginza, Chūō, it was also the first sushi restaurant in the world. Sukiyabashi Jiro was the first sushi restaurant to receive three Michelin stars, and in 2014, Barack Obama dined at the restaurant with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. As the sushi bar only has ten counter seats, there is a high chance of sitting on a seat used by a world leader.
If you like to play arcade games, pachinko is a type of mechanical game which originated in Japan, and is similar to Western slot machines. You will find the best Tokyo pachinko parlours clustered together in the Shibuya district, where you can also use the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, the busiest crosswalk in the world.
At present there are only two options for playing betting games in Tokyo, but there are plans for a casino in the City. Table games and slot games can be found on web-based platforms like Casumo online casino, or for an authentic Japanese experience, visit one of Tokyo’s many bustling pachinko parlours.
You can learn all about authentic tea making with the Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience in the Harajuku and Aoyama district. In tea-master Sakurai Shinya’s modern teahouse, you will discover the history and processes of “o-cha”, which means “tea” in Japanese. The course also includes a wide variety of delicious samples to taste, and there is a shop where you can buy Japanese tea leaves or beautifully-crafted teapots.
4. Release your inner child at Tokyo Disneyland
For a truly magical evening, 15 minutes away from downtown Tokyo is the world-famous theme park Tokyo Disneyland. When it opened in 1983, it was the first Disney park outside of the United States. Discover your inner child as you explore the park’s seven themed areas, which include Adventureland, Fantasyland, Critter Country, and Mickey’s Toontown. With rides and sites galore, Tokyo Disneyland is a unique experience you will never forget. It is open until 10 pm each night, so you still have time to enjoy a drink or three afterwards in downtown Tokyo’s clubs and bars.
Downtown Tokyo is packed with bars. For a truly authentic Japanese drinking experience, you need to try sake which is also known as Japanese rice wine. You can find the best boutique sakes collected from all over the country at Gem by Moto in the trendy Ebisu area, where you can sample the best sake pairings by the “sake samurai” Ms. Marie Chiba. Advance bookings are advised as this restaurant is very popular.
6. Enjoy music at The Room
Tokyo is also packed with cool and thumping clubs, with the majority play commercial mainstream music. If you are looking for a club with a little more soul, check out The Room, where you can listen to genres like jazz and rhythm and blues. With a chilled and friendly atmosphere, you are sure to have fond memories of dancing or relaxing at The Room.
7. Sing your heart out at Karaoke Kan
If you have seen the film Lost in Translation, you will remember the scene where Bill Murray’s character visits a karaoke bar. The bar in question was Karaoke Kan in Shibuya, easily the best karaoke bar in Japan.
Japan is the birthplace of karaoke, so there is no better place on the planet to enjoy singing along with your favourite songs. Karaoke Kan, Shibuya, is a small and lively place with booming sound systems, leather benches, and funky décor. You can order drinks, and even tambourines, via an intercom.
Fun fact: Although Japan is the birthplace of karaoke, since 1975 Roberto del Rosario of the Philippines holds the patent to the “Sing Along System” karaoke machine.