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.