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Your Guide to Tokyo's Nightlife


Photo: Tokyo city nightlife | Image Courtesy of Frank Monnerjahn / Flickr

Tokyo is a massive city with a lot of places to discover.


Even at night, there is always something to do for everyone — whether you’re a foodie, gamer, or just trying to get a taste of the city’s busy nightlife.

Explore the city from a different perspective by going on a night tour in Tokyo while keeping in mind these 5 tips:



Photo: Tokyo Skytree | Image Courtesy of Rainmaker47 / Wikimedia

Enjoy the view at Tokyo Skytree

Although the Skytree is a 634.0-meter network broadcasting tower, you can also find restaurants, shopping centers, and observation areas. You can almost see the entire city at Tembo observation deck. And because it has a glass floor, it is very popular to tourists. At night, the ocean of light appears to be endless. Visiting Tokyo Skytree is definitely a great nightscape as the metropolis transforms into a city of lights.



Photo: Robot Restaurant. Shinjuku. Tokyo-17 | Image Courtesy of Nick Turner / Flickr

Catch an awesome robot live show at the Robot Restaurant

The Robot Restaurant features pop-culture themed productions with lots of robots. It features flashy dancers and futuristic ninjas. It’s definitely a must for first-time tourists to not miss this spectacular show when you go on a tour in Tokyo. A giant dinosaur greets you at the entrance, so it is not difficult to spot this vibrant place. Despite being a restaurant, the menu is limited since it is more of a curated show. But do not worry as you can order their special bento box in case you get hungry.



Photo: Zaru soba | Image Courtesy of STRONGlk7 / Wikimedia

Eat cheap yet delicious soba at Sagatani

An order will only cost you around four dollars. Although inexpensive, this place is where you can experience true traditional Japanese soba. Despite the tiny space, the service is fast and the staff is friendly. Because the menu is written in English, plenty of tourists eats at the place. The restaurant uses pure flour to make noodles. Thus, it has become the go-to place for soba lovers. Btw, did we mention that this small shop is open 24/7?



Photo: Maid Cafe Advert, Akihabara | Image Courtesy of Andrew and Annemarie / Flickr

Feel at home at Meido Kissa

If you are wondering what Meido Kissa is, it is a maid cafe. Its English name is At-Home Maid Cafe. This unique cafe has waitresses dressed up as maids and it is the most popular at Akihabara district. The maids will loudly greet you "welcome home master" in Nihongo upon entrance. However, some first-time customers find this experience embarrassing.


At Meido Kissa, food and drinks are beautifully decorated. Customers can even request designs personally done by maids on their drinks. There are shows inside the cafe where maids will sing and dance. Some of them are famous Japanese idols, so they are very popular with customers.



Photo: GAME BAR A-Button | Image Courtesy of naosuke ii / Flickr

Be a gamer at A-Button

Whether you are a casual or hardcore gamer, A-Button Game Bar is the place for you. The owner always hangs out at the bar and sometimes, you can see him holding a Japanese beer with a Nintendo power glove. Since the small bar is surrounded by houses and apartment buildings, it feels like a home of a video game hoarder.


If you are a game fan, you will definitely enjoy the place. It is decorated with a mix of retro and rare gaming equipment. Do not hesitate if you are coming alone, there is definitely someone available to play with you.


There is so much to discover in Tokyo's bustling nightlife. If you want to get the best experience that the city has to offer, join us on our free night walking tour! We would love to meet you.

Tokyo Localized provides visitors and travellers to Tokyo with a unique perspective of this great city, what makes us unique is that our tour guides live and work in Tokyo, have a passion for this city and love meeting and welcoming new faces. Find out more about our Unique Day and Night Tours of Tokyo - we can't wait to meet you!



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