The best nightclubs in Tokyo feature cutting-edge designs, expert musicians, and world-class DJs playing diverse styles of music. Nightclubs in Japan’s capital generally fall into the most popular genres of music – hip hop, EDM, live rock and jazz – but there are plenty more musical styles being performed in smaller, more underground clubs.

    There are several nightlife neighborhoods in Tokyo, with the most popular being Shibuya, Shinjuku, and foreigner-friendly Roppongi. Nightlife in Japan shows a fascinating insight into the unique styles and tastes of the local Japanese, so it's worth spending at least 1 night exploring Tokyo after dark.

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    Womb

    Womb is a popular dance club in Shibuya that was designed by the people who built New York’s well known Twilo club. It's often packed and enjoys a steady following with young hip Tokyoites. There are 3 floors of bars dance floors and VIP rooms where world-class DJs strut their stuff, along with the best of Japan's up-and-coming artists. If you’re looking for stomping bass and a cool crowd reminiscent of the best techno clubs in London or Berlin, then Womb should be high on your list.

    Location: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0044, Japan

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 pm to 4.30 am

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    Muse

    Muse in Roppongi is a multi-roomed club with a different atmosphere in each space. Centered around a large main bar, there are rooms filled with couches, a karaoke room, a darts room and 2 large dance floors with DJs playing the hottest techno and dance tunes. A very friendly atmosphere and late opening hours keeps most people at Muse all night. There's usually an entry fee starting from ¥3,500 which includes free drinks coupons. 

    Location: B1F, 4-1-1 Nishi-Azabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 10 pm to 5 am. Tuesday–Wednesday from 9 pm to 2 am

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    Atom Tokyo

    Atom Tokyo is a famous club in Shibuya. The crowd is made up of mostly young Japanese, dressed to impress. It's not as popular with foreign visitors as other clubs in Shibuya, but there’s still a fun, carefree vibe with many people on the dancefloor.

    Playing a chill-out mix of house, hip-hop, rave and trance music, Atom Tokyo comprises 3 levels with 3 separate dance floors. The top floor is a lounge where you can relax with drinks after dancing hard downstairs. Arrive before midnight for cheaper entry. 

    Location: Dr. Jeekahn's Bldg 4F/6F, 2-4 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0044, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3464-0703

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    Arty Farty

    Arty Farty is a long-running LGBT club in Shinjuku. This fun dance club serves predominately the gay community but is fun for people of all orientations. The stripper pole on a small stage beckons the very outgoing and the very drunk. Gets really busy late at night. It's worth noting that the club prefers female guests to be accompanied by gay male friends.

    Location: Dai 33 Kyutei Building 2F, 2-11-7 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 8 pm to 4 am. Friday–Saturday from 8 pm to 5 am

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    The New Salsa Sudada

    Salsa Sudada is a dance club that is packed with a very mixed crowd of Japanese, latin Americans and curious visitors. If you don’t know how to salsa or you fancy learning to rumba, this popular club offers Cuban salsa dancing lessons every night before the party really gets going. Show up early and learn the basics before putting yourself to the test among the active crowd. It's a very friendly spot in Roppongi.

    Location: Forum 2F, 5−16−5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan

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    Body and Soul Club

    Body and Soul Club has been Tokyo's prominent jazz venue since opening in 1974. The seating capacity is around 70 people, offering an intimate setting for you to fully immerse yourself in the music.

    Musicians who have finished performing at the nearby Blue Note Tokyo occasionally drop by this club. This is a sophisticated place, great for those who want to spend some alone time in Tokyo. Body and Soul Club is about a 15-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station.

    Location: B1F Anis building, 6-3-19 Minamiaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 6 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-5466-3348

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    Cotton Club Tokyo

    Cotton Club Tokyo is an elegant concert venue where you can enjoy performances from famous artists from Japan and overseas. It belongs to the same company as Blue Note Tokyo in Aoyama. Since its opening in 2005 as a luxurious place of social gatherings, the venue has been hosting a wide range of concerts, including jazz, R&B and rock.

    There are spacious booths (assigned seats) and non-assigned seats. Plans including a French cuisine-based dinner course and performances for special occasions like anniversaries. Cotton Club Tokyo is a 2-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, Marunouchi Exit.

    Location: 2F Tokyo Building TOKIA, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 4 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)3-3215-1555

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