Just north of Kyoto’s central downtown area, Kamigyo presents a varied nightlife with something for everyone. Live music bars host performances of traditional Japanese music, along with the best upcoming rock, blues and soul bands. There is some great jazz to be found as well as some intimate coffeehouses.
Le Club Jazz
Le Club Jazz is a popular live music club featuring blues, jazz and soul bands every Tuesday night with artists form across Japan and some international guests. From Thursday to Monday they hold live jam sessions where the musically minded come together to freestyle. Cover charge includes two drinks.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 7pm to 1am (closed on Mondays)
- Address: Sanjo Arimoto Bldg. 2F, Sanjo-dori Miyukicho, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8082, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75-211-5800
Housed in an old sake warehouse and oozing with ambience Jittoku hosts a variety of musical acts drawing a hip young crowd. This is a great place to see up-and-coming musicians performing in a relaxed environment. There is an entry fee of around ¥1,000 to see the live acts, but it's free to enter on open mic nights. Jittoku is located near Nijo Castle, a little north of the main tourist hub.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5.30pm to midnight
- Location: 815 Hishiyacho, Omiya Shimodachiiru Sagaru, Kyoto,602-8125, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)75 841 1691