Japan Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Japan

Drinking can be expensive in Japan if taken to extremes and non-beer lovers can get frustrated with the lack of alcohol choices as wine is expensive and not everyone goes for heavy spirits, sake or shochu, a sweet local wine. Be warned that ‘gaijin’ or foreigners are not always welcome in every establishment so stay sensitive to the issue.

City nightclubs usually charge an entrance fee but many venues often have special nights when fees are waived or reduced like on ladies’ nights. Of course the best nightlife is to be found in the ever-trend-setting Tokyo but provincial cities each have their own charms and quirks. Read our nightlife guides and you’ll find out why.

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Japan Nightlife Guide A-Z

Tokyo Nightlife

Tokyo Nightlife A-Z

One of the liveliest cities in the world at night, Tokyo seems to never sleep. Whether you are looking for music, pubs, Read More...

Kyoto Nightlife

Kyoto Nightlife A-Z

Kyoto’s attractions are not only limited to the historical side of things. Visitors who want to enjoy a night out or two Read More...

Osaka Nightlife

Osaka Nightlife A-Z

Osaka is known as being a city of people who love good food and good fun. Appropriately there are countless nightspots Read More...

Nagoya Nightlife

Nagoya Nightlife A-Z

Downtown Nagoya, especially the Sakae district, has all kinds of nightlife ranging from traditional Japanese bars to Read More...

Kobe Nightlife

Kobe Nightlife A-Z

Kobe nightlife is sometimes overlooked compared with the madness of nearby Osaka and the sheer size of Tokyo, but there Read More...

Sapporo Nightlife

Sapporo Nightlife A-Z

Many nightlife lovers cite Sapporo as a more laid-back and relaxed destination than equivalent-sized cities in Japan. Read More...

Nara Nightlife

Nara Nightlife A-Z

Nara is less geared for the tourism industry than Tokyo and Kyoto and is not a place for heavy partying or serious Read More...

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