Shibuya & Minato Nightlife, Tokyo

An international hub and thriving cultural metropolis, Tokyo has much in store for those seeking a thrilling nightlife scene. Possessing anything from high-end nightclubs and chic lounges, to hipster hangouts and casual bars, this city has it all. Whether shopping in the trendy Ginza district or exploring the streets of the vibrant Shibuya district, a great nightspot is available for guests to let loose of their inhibitions and dance the night away. Be sure to check out all the unique locations found in the Tokyo Nightlife Tour.
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Shibuya & Minato Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Shibuya & Minato Nightlife
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: Xena
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Womb

1) Womb

A happening establishment that has become a staple of the Tokyo nightclub scene, Womb takes the party to the next level offering several floors, an open, modern design, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and effects to make for an unforgettable night out. Weekends at Womb often feature headlining guest artists from around the globe, including such esteemed names as the The Chemical Brothers, the legendary Paul Oakenfold, DJ Sega, Richie Hawtin, and many more. Local up-and-coming DJs also get a chance at the limelight here as well. In addition to the main space, a chill-out lounge found on the fourth floor also hosts its own DJs and overlooks the main floor through glass walls.
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Trump Room

2) Trump Room

A hipster haven found inside a shabby building in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, the Trump Room welcomes a quirky yet fashionable crowd to its kitschy space for an unforgettable evening of mingling, drinks, and pounding rhythms on the dance floor. The décor includes a seemingly haphazard variety of items including stuffed animal heads, oil paintings, numerous crystal chandeliers overhead, decorative mirrors, gold leaf embellishments, and other eye-catching design elements. In addition to hosting some of the city’s best DJs, indie bands occasionally grace the stage of the Trump Room as well, including past performances by The Go! Team, Metronomy, and more.

Operation Hours: Daily: 10 pm - 4 am
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Stair

3) Stair

A chic little café style fusion cocktail lounge, Stair can be found above the Dresscamp Boutique not far from the high-end Comme des Garcons shopping area of Tokyo’s Aoyama district. Offering a vibrant Happy Hour with live music where lots of local singles gather to mingle in a sophisticated setting with expertly-crafted cocktails and a menu of light regional dishes to tempt the palette. Décor includes a cut-out snake pattern sprawling across the walls and ceiling throughout the space, bold zebra strip patterns, and modern leather furnishings. Experience a respite with a fashionable crowd following a hectic shopping trip or have a night cap at the end of a hot night of clubbing at Stair.

Operation Hours: Daily: 4 pm – 4 am
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The Blue

4) The Blue

An upscale nightlife establishment with an international reputation, the Blue Note in Tokyo is part of a worldwide chain started by the Blue Note in New York. Considered Tokyo’s finest jazz club, this elegant club seats 300 guests and can be found not far from Aoyama Gakuin University. Since its opening back in 1988, the Blue Note has hosted some of the most notable performers in the jazz industry, with names including Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, David Sanborn, and more. Expect to pay handsomely from its drink menu, though it’s a small price to pay when getting up close and personal with some of the world’s best jazz talent.
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Super Deluxe

5) Super Deluxe

A multi-purpose establishment where some of the city’s most creative minds mingle in a fun, intellectually-stimulating environment, Super Deluxe is a club that’s hard to pin down to its vast variety of enthralling events taking place each night. Guests to this fascinating hangout can enjoy live music consisting of anything from jazz-pop and electronica, to afrobeat, underground hip hop, and more. Other events can include lectures, art exhibits, performance art, and just about anything else. The décor uses a minimalist approach, leaving most of this industrial loft space simple in its design, with an emphasis on whatever artistic medium dominates the night’s entertainment.

Operation Hours: Daily: 6 pm – late

Walking Tours in Tokyo, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Create Your Own Walk in Tokyo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tokyo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ueno Park Walking Tour

Ueno Park Walking Tour

The Ueno Park, next to the Ueno station is a public park that offers visitors a large number of attractions. The area is home to many of the famous attractions in Tokyo. They are the Ueno Zoo, major museums like the Tokyo National Museum, The National Science Museum and The National Museum of Western Art. This walking tour would provide you an insight into old Tokyo. The museums here preserve the history and the spirit of the city as it has grown through the ages in meticulous detail.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Tokyo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Tokyo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

Best of Asakusa Walking Tour

The Asakusa district in Tokyo is famous for the Senso-ji temple and is one of the few places in Tokyo that retains the old world charm. The temple markets, narrow streets, traditional shops and restaurants provide a glimpse of old Tokyo. It is also known as Tokyo's oldest geisha district. Take a walking tour and live the carnival atmosphere that pervades this place.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

Tokyo Imperial Palace Walking Tour

The Imperial Palace, residence of the Japanese Emperor was once the site of the Edo Castle in the 17th – 19th Century. Located in the heart of the city, it is a vast expanse of green and is surrounded by moats. The palace is open only for two days a year - January 1st and December 23rd. However, walking tours of the inner palace grounds is conducted on weekdays except on special occasions. Prior approval from the Imperial Household Agency is required to join these walking tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa

Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines dot Japan’s landscape. These temples and shrines are an architectural splendor and many of these can be found in every part of Tokyo. This guide will take you to the smaller Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the Takanawa neighborhood of Tokyo. Most often overlooked by tourists, these temples and shrines are a beauty and should not be missed.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Kitanomaru Park Walking Tour

Kitanomaru Park Walking Tour

The Chiyoda district is steeped in history and is a reflection of the city’s culture, both past and present. Besides several prominent historical landmarks like the Imperial Palace, the place boasts of some of the best museums in the region. The Kitanomaru Park, part of the outer gardens of the Imperial Palace, houses the National Museum of Modern Art, Science Museum and the Nippon Bodokan. The park is an ideal place to enjoy the sakura that blossoms in spring.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

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Whether you are in Tokyo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tokyo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money getting around Tokyo and visiting the city's multiple highlights, you may want to resort to the Greater Tokyo Pass.

Among other conveniences, this pass allows bearer to explore Tokyo's metropolitan area with unlimited rides on railways of 12 private railway companies in Kanto area, as well as buses of 51 companies in metropolitan Tokyo and surrounding 3 prefectures for 3 days!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Tokyo hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Toshi Center Hotel, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tokyo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Tokyo typically costs somewhere between US$40+ and US$120 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Tokyo from the open top of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs).

- Attend a traditional tea ceremony, an integral part of Japanese culture, in Tokyo to perceive its sophisticated philosophy and to soak up the atmosphere and cultural highlights of this fascinating city with the help of a local guide on a jam-packed day of sightseeing in Japanese capital.

- Another good chance to absorb Tokyo's atmosphere within a shortest possible time is a 4-hour morning sightseeing tour embracing all of the city’s top highlights including major historic sights, shopping districts and otherwise colorful areas. Ideal for those on a first-time or short visit to Tokyo.

- Forget skyscrapers and transgress into the old-time, slow-paced Tokyo on a 3.5-hour guided walk through Yanaka, the historic part of the city dating back to the the Edo period, replete with charming temples and cherry blossom trees.

- Pedal your way around Tokyo on a 3-hour E-assist bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights and some hidden spots that you otherwise wouldn't have found or reached by public transport, stopping from time to time at some of the sights for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions en route from a knowledgeable group leader.

- No visit to Tokyo is complete without savoring authentic Japanese cuisine. Embark on a night food tour of Tokyo to appreciate the city’s nighttime culinary scene by getting a generous dollop of delectable local treats from selected pubs and restaurants under the watchful guidance of a local expert.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Tokyo, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Mt Fuji and Lake Ashi, Nikko National Park, Kamakura and Tokyo Bay, or Hakone. For as little as circa US$100 to US$300 per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and Japan’s other most famous locations, explore the breathtaking countryside outside Tokyo including one of the best sightseeing spots in the country with lots of hot springs, visit the centuries-old center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship, see the Great Buddha statue, tour the ancient temples and scenic shrines, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Tokyo, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, bullet train (Shinkansen), boat, or a private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.