With 12 million souls in Tokyo proper, this city is famously
known for its over crowdedness. It is a place where rush-hour pushers are
employed to shove passengers into already packed trains, and where losing a
shoe in all the chaos seems ordinary. It is also a city where the shear number
of people to look at can be invigorating. Boredom is seemingly impossible here,
and entertainment possibilities are endless.
Tokyo has salsa clubs, discos, beer halls, traditional teahouses,
"naughty coffee shops", wine bars and more. Which party in you choose
depends largely on your age group, proclivity and budget.
Whereas Shibuya is typically the choice of the younger crowd, and Ginza/Akasaka
is for the wealthy and anyone entertaining on an expense account, Shinjuku is for
businessmen nursing after work whiskies (mizu waris). Less mainstream than other
parts of Tokyo, Shinjuku has interesting (and sometimes seedy) bars and clubs.
Roppongi/Hiroo/Nishi-Azubu cater to expatriates, tourists, and anyone entertaining
them, but the average Tokyoite doesn't venture into Roppongi regularly, it is expensive
If you are completely lost for ideas how you would like to spend your night in Tokyo,
you may sample a range of activities through participating in a night tour.
Sunrise Tour Series by Japan Travel Bureau offers reasonably priced nightlife
tours. Another tour agency, Kabuki Night Tour
offers you a sukiyaki dinner, and a chance to see a Kabuki performance.
Ashburne, John, Sara Benson, Mason Florence, and Chris Rowthorn.Lonely Planet: Japan
.London: Lonely Planet Publications, 2000