AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO TOKYO AND BEYOND
Nightlife

ROPPONGI

As day fades into night, I suggest you head for Roppongi. Here you’ll find as many foreigners as locals enjoying a drink or dancing until the early morning. The area features nightclubs, bars and restaurants as well as all other forms of entertainment. Whether you want to party at a popular multi-level nightclub or you’d prefer a mellow drink at one of the many intimate establishments, you’re sure to find somewhere to enjoy yourself. Roppongi really comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights when the whole area is buzzing with a melting pot of people from all over the world. Take the Hibiya Line from Ebisu for Roppongi.

ROPPONGI HILLS

A popular development called Roppongi Hills offers visitors over two hundred retail shops and it’s also a great place to eat out or to meet up with friends for a drink. At the famous Roppongi Hills Mori Tower there are observation decks on the 52nd and 54th floors with wonderful views of Tokyo. I highly recommend watching the sunset from these viewing platforms.

WOMB NIGHTCLUB IN SHIBUYA

For a great night out, check out the nightclub called Womb in Shibuya – the music is fantastic, the atmosphere is very cool, and the club is similar to what you might find at a nightclub in New York. You can dance all night long listening to American DJ’s play house, techno, and bass music. This is a big and very popular club so expect to be dancing with thousands of other clubbers as you flit between four floors. The address for Womb nightclub is 2-16 Maruyamacho Shibuya-ku. Don’t forget your ID if you go clubbing because if you don’t have it on you then you may have trouble getting into places.

YŪRAKUCHŌ

Gaado-shita or 有楽町ガード下 (beneath the girder bridge) under Yūrakuchō train station (one stop from Tokyo Station on the JR Yamanote Line) is a popular drinking hole for Japanese businessmen. Here you’ll see hundreds of locals enjoying a relaxed drink and a laid-back snack after work. Situated between the much flashier Ginza and Hibiya,  this is a great place to enjoy delicious yakitori at a very reasonable price. Head for Yūrakuchō if you’re looking for an authentic and “real Japan” experience as you dine at one of the many bars and restaurants that line the alleys.

Yurakucho

SHIMOKITAZAWA

Shimokitazawa is the place where college students like to go to enjoy themselves. There are four main streets here leading off to many narrow side streets brimming with great places to shop and party. Students here mix with artists, architects and musicians so there’s a very youthful, alternative and laid back atmosphere in this area. I recommend the drinking hole Enya (pictured below) not far from Shimokitazawa Station. I mentioned this izakaya in my novel Tokyo Hearts. It’s a great place to enjoy the night with friends. Shimokitazawa is located just minutes away froShibuya on the Keio Inokashira Line.