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Shinjuku Nightlife

Where to Go at Night in Shinjuku - Tokyo

When Shinjuku Station opened back in the 1880s the already famous nightlife district evolved to cater more to male commuters than upper class Tokyoites. The area north east of Shinjuku Station called Kabukicho is the most famous red light district in the country offering everything from lap dances to explicit role play for men and women of any sexual orientation.

Pachinko parlors are everywhere and Love Hotels are also a common sight especially in the gay district of Nichome and Golden Gai a narrow street packed with tiny stand up bars. A number of cinemas play the latest Japanese and international films.

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Tokyo Opera City

The grand concert hall and art gallery at Tokyo Opera City hold regular events featuring top name domestic and international talent.

  • Subway: Hatsudai Station, Keio New Line
  • Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Tokyo Metropolitan Building Observatory

48 floors and 243 metres tall the two floors of observatory encompasses an extraordinary 360 degree view of Tokyo. On a clear day it is possible to see all the way to Mount Fuji, by night it is a great place to start a night out. Entrance is free.

  • Subway: Tochomae Station, Oedo Line
  • Address: 2-8-1Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Shinjuku Pit Inn

Catch some hot jazz by some of the city’s best upcoming musicians as well as some seasoned international professionals. This is one of Japan’s oldest jazz houses and is serious about providing a quality music venue.

  • Subway: East exit, Shinjuku-sanchome station, Fukutoshin Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: 2-12-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Alcazar Cabaret

This outrageous revue showcases gorgeous transsexual actors attracting a predominately female audience. With three shows daily Alcazar is a good place to start a girls night out.

  • Subway: East Exit Shinjuku Station, Oedo Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: 2F Toyo Bldg, 1-2-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
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Club Dragon

One of the most popular spots on the gay scene Club Dragon welcomes both Japanese and foreign customers. Waiters wear little else than underwear and seem to enjoy it.

  • Subway: East exit, Shinjuku Station, Oedo Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: Stork Nagasaki 1F. 2-11-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Den Aqua Room

Soft blue lighting and fish tanks spanning the whole wall add to the relaxing ambience of Den Aqua Room. Chill out with the tropical fish while enjoying a cocktail or cold beer.

  • Subway: Central exit, Shinjuku Station, Oedo Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: T&T Bldg. B1/B2, 3-32-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Arty Farty

This fun dance club serves predominately the gay community but is fun for people of all orientations. The stripper pole on a small stage beckons the very outgoing and the very drunk. Gets really busy late at night.

  • Subway: East exit, Shinjuku-sanchome station, Fukutoshin Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: Dai 33 Kyutei Building 2F. 2-11-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Keio Asahi Sky Beer Garden

Located on top of the Keio Department store this traditional beer garden is open during the warmer months serving Asahi beer and a range of healthy and typical beer drinking snacks. A great place to enjoy a drink with a view. Good all you can eat and drink deals start from Y3,500.

  • Subway: West exit, Shinjuku Station, Oedo Line, Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Line
  • Address: 1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
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Vagabond

Popular with Tokyo internationals and once reviewed in the New York Times this cool, stylish venue has a relaxing lounge on the ground floor and live jazz on the second floor. Walls are decorated exhibit art in gallery form and drinks are surprisingly reasonable.

  • Subway: West exit, Nishi Shinjuku Station, Marunouchi Line
  • Address: Nishi Shinjuku Address 1-4-20 Nishi Shinjuku
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