Ginza Nightlife

Where to Go at Night in Ginza - Tokyo

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 theaters present traditional Japanese performing arts which are well worth a try to soak up some culture. Otherwise, dance, sing and drink the night away in a variety of venues.

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Kabuki-Za Theatre

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 over 120 years. A show normally lasts three to five hours, divided into three or four acts. While tickets for the whole show may range from 2000 – 20000 yen, a one-act ticket costs roughly 1500 yen making it a very affordable introduction to this ancient art form.

  • Subway: Exit 3, Higashi Ginza Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 4-12-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre

This 1428 seat theatre presents different shows rotating monthly with a variety of period drama, musicals and comedy performances.

  • Subway: Exit A3, Tsukiji Station, Hibiya Line - Exit A6, Higashi Ginza Station, Asakusa Line
  • Address: 6-18-2 Ginza Chuo-Ku
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Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre

Here you will find Japanese performance that is somewhat different to Kabuki. Established in 1934 this theatre introduced a new performance gimmick where young women adopt all the roles in western style productions. Closed Mondays.

  • Subway: Hibiya Stattion, Chiyoda, Hibiya and Mita Lines JR; Yamanote Line: Yurakucho Station
  • Address: 1-1-3 Yurakucho, Chuo-ku
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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 from pop concerts to Broadway musicals, technology exhibitions to antiques fairs.

  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Yurakucho Station
  • Address: 5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku
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Bar Lupin

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.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 5-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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For an authentic sake drinking experience head to where the aficionados go. Kuri is well known among Japanese sake drinkers for having the best variety and quality of sake available in 60ml, 120ml or 180ml cups. Ask the staff to recommend something as the menu is all in kanji.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: Tony Bldg. 2F, 6-4-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Big Echo

This is karaoke Japan-style, requiring no public performance, or ridicule, as each party has its own private, air-conditioned room with TV screens, sofas and karaoke set. The Ginza branch of Big Echo, one of the biggest chains in the country, is well known because of the Hello Kitty theme room.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 4-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Bar Evita

Like the historic heroine Eva Peron, this bar is inspired by Argentina. A full range of Argentinean cocktails, bitters and seasonal favourites are served to the romantic sounds of the Argentinean tango.

  • Subway: Shimbashi Station, Ginza Line and Asakusa Line
  • Address: Fuji Bldg 9F. 8-4-24 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Beer fans will love Favori with over 100 varieties of ale, larger, bitter and stout beers. Pay the cashier before helping yourself to the beer of your choice from a large display fridge.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: Ooi Bldg. 1F, 2-10-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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