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Top 20 Things To Do At Night In Tokyo

Nadia
Updated Mar 07, 2019

Like other top international cities such as New York City or London, Tokyo is a city that never sleeps. Adventure doesn’t stop after daylight and some may argue Tokyo comes alive at night. Stroll through Shinjuku, Shibuyu, Ginza, and Akihabara under the beautiful illumination of some of the best architectural designs in the world. Read on to find out about the top things to do in Tokyo at night.

1. Go on a top secret spy mission

InSPYre is a spy themed riddle room similar to escape rooms. The mission is set in a warehouse of a mad man’s hideout. Several teams can sneak around decoding clues with their own separate missions. InSPYre excels with its thematic decorations making you feel like you are a part of a movie set. The room is filled with different props, crawl spaces, clues, and costumed soldiers to entertain you. If your team cannot solve the mission in the short time span, the facility is open late for those ambitious enough to try all night.

InSPYre

Address: 〒160-0021, 1 Chome-20-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021

Price: from 9 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 5am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 20 minutes per game, but you can play multiple times.

Access: 6th floor of Humax Pavilion

Contact: 03-5155-1481

Near by Food: There is food served at inSPYre.

Website: InSPYre

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2. Eat at a themed restaurant

There are several themed restaurants in Tokyo to get a different kind of dining experience. The Ninja restaurant is one of a kind for those wanting to be a ninja for the night. But beware! This restaurant is sneaky with its entrance making you put your ninja skills to the test before entering. Once inside the secret hideout, you can choose from different multi course options that are sure to put on a show, from Shuriken shaped crackers to food locked in secret compartments. Another treat during the dinner is the magic tricks your ninja waiter will perform for you in-between appetizers and meals.

Ninja Restaurant

Address: 〒100-0014 Tokyo, 千代田区Nagatacho, 2−14−3 赤坂東急プラザ 東急プラザ赤坂

Price: from 34 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 1am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 10 minute walk from Akasaka Station.

Contact: 03-5157-3936

Near by Food: Food at the restaurant.

Website: Ninja Restaurant

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3. Grab a drink with Mario at Star Club

This tiny popular bar is nestled in the heart of Shinjuku. The Mario theme takes you back in time to the classic Nintendo games with several TV monitors hosting the popular games. In-between the Mario sound effects, Yoshi figurines, and Mario inspired drinks, guests will get a true sense of nostalgia in this quirky bar.

Star Club

Address: 新宿3-11-1 2F, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 8pm - 4am. Closes at 1 am on public holidays and Sundays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 4 min walk from Forever 21

Contact: 03-3354-2139

Near by Food: Serves food

Website: Star Club

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4. Enjoy the best arcade in town

Joypolis Sega is a mega arcade/theme park with much more than just claw games. Whether it is 4D movies, an indoor rollercoaster, virtual reality, fortune telling or racing games with actual race cars…this place has everything for those looking for something different than the bar scene.

Joypolis Sega

Address: 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato, Daiba, 1 Chome−6−1, DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F~5F DECKS Tokyo Beach

Price: from 8 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 7 min walk from Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station.

Contact: 03-5500-1801

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: Joypolis

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5. Sky Circus Sunshine Observatory

One of the best places to be able to see Tokyo at night is the Sunshine Observatory. On top of incredible views there is virtual reality to give you views you have never seen before.

Sunshine Observatory Sky Circus

Address: Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, 豊島区 Tokyo 170-0013

Price: from 18 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Next to Sunshine City aquarium

Contact: 03-3989-3457

Near by Food: Alice in an Old Castle-Izakaya Restaurant

Website: Sunshine Sky Circus

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6. Explore different kinds of Sake at Kurand Sake Market

For sake connoisseurs this Kurand Sake Market is the jackpot. With 110 different sakes to try from it’s the perfect place for a nice relaxing evening.

Kurand Sake Market

Address: 〒171-0021 東京都豊島区 西池袋3-27-3 s&kビル4F

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 11pm, Mon-Fri. 12pm -11pm, Sat-Sun. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 6 min walk from Ikebukuro Station.

Contact: 03-6912-6686

Near by Food: Malaysia Ethnic Restaurant

Website: Kurand Sake Market

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7. Drive Go-Karts with Mari Car

There are so many different ways to tour Tokyo but one of the best and most unique ways is with Mari Car. You and your gang get to dress up like Mario Kart characters while zooming around in go karts through the best parts of Tokyo. Costumes are rented with Mari Car and you must have an international or Japanese drivers license to drive a go-kart on the street. If you don’t have either, Mari Car wont let you miss out on the fun! They have Thailand Tuk Tuks and convertibles on standby.

Mari Car

Address: 1 Chome-23-15 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0001

Price: from 80 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 3 min walk from Keikyu Kita-Shinagawa Station.

Contact: +0120-819-999

Near by Food: AHILYA restaurant

Website: Mari Car

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8. Experience the best foods with sumo wrestlers

Beauty of Japan tour takes foodies to the best local restaurant and bar spots with actual sumo wrestlers as their tour guides. Enjoy delicious meals while meeting and getting to know a sumo wrestler in the process.

Beauty of Japan Tour

Address: Sensō-ji, 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032

Price: from 260 USD for 2 persons 173 USD for 3 persons 130 USD for 4 persons or more

Opening Hours: 1pm-3:30pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 2.5 hours required.

Access: Meeting place at JR Ryogoku station West Exit

Contact: 65-88888888

Near by Food: Food included.

Website: Beauty of Japan

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9.The Iron Fairies Ginza Bar

This bar has an ambience that is so unique nowhere else can compare. Step into a fairytale frozen in time with iron locks in this steam punk fantasy world. Iron Fairies is part of a chain of bars designed by famous artist Ashley Sutton who has created several of the most well known bars in Asia. If you want unique drinks they serve the best drink combinations you have never tried before. The most popular drink of choice is the cotton candy cocktail with wads of cotton candy engulfing the magical drink. Game changing drinks, incredible music and must see décor make this bar one of the best in Tokyo. Although it is a little on the pricey side, it is definitely worth it.

Iron Fairies Ginza Bar

Address: 〒104-0061 Tokyo, 中央区Ginza, 5−9−5 チアーズ銀座

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 6pm - 4am. Closes at 12 am on Sundays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 2 min walk from Ginza Station.

Contact: 03-6274-6416

Near by Food: Delirium Cafe next door.

Website: Iron Fairies Bar

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10. Enjoy magic tricks while you drink at Magic Bar Tejinaya

Tokyo loves its themed bars and this one may be one of the most entertaining. The Magic Bar lets you grab drinks while watching various performances by different magicians. If you are looking for a laugh and good time look no further than here.

Magic Bar

Address: 1-14-4 Kabukicho | Kawashin Bldg. 7F, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Price: from 54 USD

Opening Hours: 7pm - 5am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5 min walk from Seibu-Shinjuku Station.

Contact: +81 3-5291-7567

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: Magic Bar

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11. Get personalized drinks at Bar High Five

Are you so indecisive that you never know what to order at bars? Well Bar High Five has you covered. With no actual menu bartenders ask you what your favorite liquors are and then customize a special drink just for you. The service in the bar is outstanding and bartenders are great conversationalists, making this a fun place to meet people.

Bar High Five

Address: 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo, 銀座5丁目4−15 Efflore Ginza5 Bldg. BF

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 1am. Closed on public holidays and Sundays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5 min walk to Shimbashi Station.

Contact: 03-3571-5815

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: Bar High Five

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12. Game at 8 Bit Café

Those on a quest to drink and game in the city of gaming need to visit 8 Bit Café. This retro old school bar is in Shinjuku with different games that attendees can try. Perfect for those geeky travellers wanting to explore Japan’s gaming culture.

8 Bit Café

Address: 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 新宿3-8-9 新宿Qビル5F

Price: from 7 USD

Opening Hours: 6pm - 12am, Mon-Thurs. 6pm to 5am, Fridays. 6pm to 1:30am, Sat and Sun. Closed on public holidays and Tuesdays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 7 min walk from Shinjukugyoen-Mae Station. Very hidden bar on 5th floor look for 8 logo sign next to entrance.

Contact: 03-3358-0407

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: 8 Bit Cafe

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13. Take a picture with massive Gundam statue

The Gundam statue is one of the best picture opportunities in Tokyo but even better to visit at night. The giant is lit up looking more magical than ever for that picturesque moment.

Gundam Statue

Address: 〒135-0064 Tokyo, 江東区Aomi, 1−1−10

Price: from 0 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 6 min walk from Tokyo Teleport Station.

Contact: 03-5579-6283

Near by Food: Khazana Indian Restaurant Nearby.

Website: Gundam Statue

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14. Enjoy Jazz and class at New York Bar

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In the hotel of Park Hyatt hides one of the classiest bars for friends wanting to dress up fancy for the night. This western bar may look familiar as it was featured in the hit movie Lost in Translation. But one of the best characteristics of this bar is the breathtaking view especially at sunset.

New York Bar Park Hyatt

Address: 〒160-0023 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, 新宿区Nishishinjuku, 3 Chome−7−1−2 パークハイアット 東京

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 1am. Closes at 12 am on weeknights. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5 min walk from Shinsen-Shinjuku Station.

Contact: +03-5323-3458

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: Park Hyatt

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15. Bar hop through Golden Gai

This is a district of several very tiny local bars all right next door to each other. With street after street of these small pubs it is a great way to meet people and soak in the Japanese culture.

Golden Gai

Address: 1 Chome Kabukicho, 新宿区 Tokyo 160-0021

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 5am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 6 min walk from Higashi-shinjuku Station. Contact: +0195-75-1319

Near by Food: Food inside bars.

Website: Golden Gai

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16. Experience the future at VR Park

Sword fight with evil trolls, go on a magic carpet ride, and do some ghost busting all through the view of virtual reality goggles. This virtual reality theme park is centered at the top of an arcade at Shibuyu. Access into the park is in allotted time slots that you can either reserve or walk into if not booked up. This is an amazing experience for those interested in virtual reality and offers several different games and movies to try. If for nothing else it is fun to go to laugh at your friends trying to hit thin air.

VR Park

Address: 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 渋谷区Udagawacho, 13−11 KN渋谷1ビル> Price: from 30 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 1145pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 7 min walk from Shibuya Station. Located at top of Adores Arcade.

Contact: +03-3461-1311

Near by Food: Kumamoto Keika Ramen Shibuya Center-gai across street.

Website: VR Park

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17. Down some beers at Bakusha Club Popeye

One of the most popular and highly rated beer bars in Tokyo. If you are a craft beer lover you can’t pass through Tokyo without checking this place out. With over 70 craft beers on tap there are plenty of international beers to try out.

Bakusha Club Popeye

Address: 2 Chome-18-7 Ryogoku, 墨田区 Tokyo 130-0026

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 5pm - 1130pm. Closed on Sundays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 2 min from Ryogoku Station.

Contact: +03-3633-2120

Near by Food: Food inside.

Website: Bakusha Club Popeye

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18. Drink with Buddhist Monks as your bartender at Vowz Bar

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Vowz is one of the quirkiest non-traditional places to grab drinks in Tokyo. Between sipping on drinks with religious twists such as “Infinite Hell” and being served by a monk in full attire who also chants Buddhist verses…this place can give you an experience no other will. A good place to stop by in Shinjuku for those wanting to widen their bar horizons.

Vowz Bar

Address: 〒160-0007 東京都新宿区荒木町6−42

Price: from 6 USD

Opening Hours: 7pm - 1am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 4 min walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station.

Contact: +03-3353-1032

Near by Food: food inside.

Website: Vowz Bar

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19. Go to the Wild West at Geronimo Shot Bar

This themed bar is always packed with those wanting to take the 15 shot challenge. If you can take all 15 of Geronimo’s special shots then your name is preserved through a plaque on wall in their hall of fame forever. Geronimo’s is popular for foreign travellers and good place to meet people from all over the world.

Geronimo Shot Bar

Address: 7−14−10, 山室ビル 2階, 六本木, 港区, 東京都 106-0032

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 6pm - 6am. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 2 min walk from Roppongi Station.

Contact: +03-3478-7449

Near by Food: Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu Izakaya Restaurant

Website: Geronimo Shot Bar

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20. Drink without breaking your bank account at 300 Coins Bar

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The last on our list is a tiny little bar with delicious drinks all at the cheap price of 300 yen. Tokyo can be an expensive place and for those wanting to have a good time but need to save money this is where to go. Nice cocktails and good music makes it a great underground bar.

300 Coin Bar

Address: 36-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042

Price: from 3 USD

Opening Hours: 4 pm to 11:30 pm. Closed holidays.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 3 min from Shibuya Station.

Contact: +03-3463-3039

Near by Food: food inside.

Website: 300 Bar

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Tokyo Nightclub Patrol with a local party-goer (from 45 USD)

Shibuya manifests itself as a youth hive for its distinctive fashion scene and nightlife. Discover the hottest and glamourous night spots in style with the company of a seasoned local clubber. Walk into two of the best and jazziest DJ bars and ease the night away with electronic dance music, hip-hop and R&B. Learn how to socialise in authentic Japanese style. Join the tour and enjoy hassle-free entrance to the clubs. Plus, get one free drink to get you started.

Tokyo Nightclub Patrol with a local party-goer

Price: from 45 USD

Duration: around 3 hours required.

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Night-time karaoke bar experience (from 45 USD)

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The word karaoke means an ‘empty orchestra’ combining two Japanese words for 'kara’ (empty) and 'okesutera’ (orchestra). Japanese musician and inventor, Daisuke Inoue created the first karaoke machine in 1971 for people to sing his songs. Join this three-hour tour and take a glimpse of the karaoke culture in Japan. With music as the typical entertainment of daily life, karaoke bars are found on almost any street corner. Start your adventure with light snacks and drinks at an izakaya bar, then head out to the karaoke bar best-known for having the largest songs selection. Take your pick from the massive songbook and start singing the night away. Whether you’re a natural born singer or simply screaming for over-the-top notes, there’s no doubt that this is a fun-filled evening! The cost is for the services of English-speaking guide and photos during the tour. Food, drinks and karaoke fees are extra costs.

Night-time karaoke bar experience

Price: from 45 USD

Duration: around 3 hours required.

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Bar hopping night tour in Shinjuku (from 100 USD)

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In this city that never sleeps, light glitters all over the alleys lined with restaurants and izakaya bars, clubs, and love hotels in Kabukicho area, the largest red-light district in Japan. The best time to experience it? At night! Join this bar-hopping tour and we will take you to the coolest areas in the district. Ease your way to the street markets sampling local food fare like tamagoyaki (omelette), yakitori (chicken BBQ), gyozas, korokke (croquettes), and many more. You will never go hungry! Then, get your booze at three top-notch bars. It’s a fantastic way to taste the great ambiance of Tokyo night scene. Oh, don’t forget to say ‘Kanpai’ (cheers) before taking a sip! The tour includes food and drinks selected from the menu. You will only need to pay extra for a drink at the last bar.

Bar hopping night tour in Shinjuku

Price: from 100 USD

Duration: around 3 hours required.

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The city of color

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Even though our list stops here the amount of things to do at night in Tokyo doesn’t. The main thing to take away from exploring Tokyo at night is the incredible ambience and colorfulness it brings under the moonlight.

This article was originally published on Mar 01, 2017
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