Even after the famed Ginza shopping areas close up for the night, this area is internationally diverse with everything from British theme pubs and American diners to karaoke and traditional kabuki. A number of theatres present traditional Japanese performing arts which are well worth a try to soak up some culture. Otherwise, follow your feet to the small bars dotted throughout the area to drink the night away in a variety of venues.
Kabuki-Za Theatre in Ginza is the centre for traditional performing arts in all of Tokyo, and the most famous kabuki venue outside of Kyoto. Built in 1889, Kabuki-Za Theatre has presented the best of this traditional Japanese performing art for generations.
A kabuki show normally lasts 3 to 5 hours, divided into several acts. The highly stylised costumes and actions on stage is a real spectacle, although the you might lose the finer details unless you speak Japanese. While tickets for the whole show may range from ¥2,000 to ¥20,000, you can purchase a 1-act ticket for roughly ¥1,500, making it a very affordable introduction to this ancient art form.
- Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
- Tel: +81 (0)3-3545-6800
Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre
Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre is home of the Takarazuka Revue, a family friendly stage show that combines singing, dancing and acting. Established in 1934, this theatre introduced a new performance gimmick where young women adopt all the roles in western style productions. Musicals performed here have included homages to classic western productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
- Address: 1-1-3 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 100-0006 Japan
Tokyo International Forum
This enormous entertainment complex contains seven multi-sized exhibition and concert halls centered around a magnificent glass atrium. There is always something interesting going on here. Popular events to be held here include pop concerts, Broadway musicals, touring ballet companies, and annual events like the Tokyo International Film Festival. The Forum is connected to Yurakucho Station.
- Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
Anyone with an interest in Japanese literature will enjoy Bar Lupin, where photographs of Japan’s most celebrated writers dot the walls. Steeped in history, it was a favourite hangout for many famous Japanese writers including Kafu Nagai and Osamu Dazai. The menu is concise and sticks to whiskies and a few cocktails, but everything served is first-class. It's a lovely place to lounge in Ginza. It’s worth bearing in mind, this blast from the past stays true to its roots as a cash-only bar.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 5pm to 11.30pm
- Address: 5-5-11 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
Big Echo Karaoke
Big Echo is one of the biggest karaoke chains in the country, so you should expect to experience it Japan-style. This means no public performances, or ridicule, as each party has its own private, air-conditioned room with TV screens, sofas and karaoke set. Waitresses come and go with food and drinks and are ready to assist you at the touch of a button. The Ginza branch of Big Echo is well known because of the Hello Kitty theme room. There are all-you-can-drink packages available if you need some liquid courage to get you started.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 5am. Opens from 11am on weekends
- Address: 4-2-14 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan