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Good active clubs in Tokyo. 2010/4/2 11:27
Tokyo 23-ku
Hi all,

Next summer (summer of 2011) im planning to come to Japan for 2 weeks. The first three(or so) of which I will be spending in Tokyo. I have been looking around the internet for clubs, preferably one that speak at least some English, but alot of them people say are not really busy on most days.

Anyone know some very active clubs, again ones that preferably ones that speak some English. If not, im trying to learn Japanese as it is.


Thanks,

Greg
by Greg Katonryu  

. 2010/4/2 22:54
What sort of clubs are you looking for? Are you looking for busy pop music clubs, or rave clubs or rock bars or the more quiet lounge bars?

Japan has a bit of everything, so a little more information would be good
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

Type of club 2010/4/3 05:55
Well pop or rave mostly. But rock is great too.
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/3 23:25
Well, I can't help you with pop or rave as it isn't my thing, but I just got back from Japan 2 days ago and I practically lived in a place called Rock Inn Current. It is in Shinjuku and seriously kicks ass. I found out about the place thanks to some awesome bars in Osaka (Osaka's nightlife is soo much better). The best thing about Current though is the fact that they are foreigner friendly without being on the gaijin map or in Lonely Planet guides, meaning that while it is welcoming and has English menus, you are still mainly hanging out and chatting with the locals.
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

Osaka 2010/4/4 02:30
So would you suggest spending less time in Tokyo and more in Osaka, nightlife wise?
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/5 09:25
It honestly depends what you are looking for.

Tokyo is THE city to be in and there is something for everyone there, but Osaka... well, it has all the charm and rush of Tokyo, just with nicer people. They don't get as many foreigners down there, so they are a lot more open and... well, inquisitive. Everyone wanted to talk to me as I walked around, weather it was day or night and walking in to an unknown bar down there was, well, still scary, but once you were there they would sit you at the bar near them and chat in broken English and Japanese and keep creepy people away and hell, most of them would walk me back to the hotel afterwards. Shinsaibashi especially has a more grungy, underground feeling to it which is what I liked, instead of the glitzy, fake feeling places of Tokyo. Even the other foreigners that I met in said bars or while bar hopping were nicer and they were all there for the experience and to met the locals; something that is rather hard to do in Tokyo.

For me, I would have thrown in my Tokyo days to stay in Osaka happily had I not had concert tickets for a band I was dying to see.

Of course I am a tall blonde Australian girl traveling on her own, so I did get a bit of a different reception to some people that I met during the travels, but the fact remains that Osaka, for me, had a better night life vibe and in a way it felt more authentic.

I think the best advice I can give you is for you to sit down and work out what you want to get out of the nightlife. Do you just want to drink and dance the night away, or do you want to get smashed with locals and the bartenders that can drink on the job, share stories, learn some drunken Japanese and then party with them in 24 hours bars long after theirs is closed...?
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

information 2010/4/5 10:27
by kkww (guest) rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/5 12:55
''...Do you just want to drink and dance the night away, or do you want to get smashed with locals and the bartenders that can drink on the job, share stories, learn some drunken Japanese and then party with them in 24 hours bars long after theirs is closed...?''

Lol sounds just like what i want to do.
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

Well then... 2010/4/5 13:36
If that is the case, Osaka is the place to be!!!

Go to Rock Rock, Diamond Rocks Bar (Nov, the owner, is awesome!!!!) Bamboo and Room 19 which is open 24/7. It is a dive, but it is the best place to wind down with all the locals. Plus drinks and food are cheap but good.
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/5 13:49
''...Do you just want to drink and dance the night away, or do you want to get smashed with locals and the bartenders that can drink on the job, share stories, learn some drunken Japanese and then party with them in 24 hours bars long after theirs is closed...?''

Lol sounds just like what i want to do.
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/5 13:52
If you would know, how much would you suggest i bring for about a 1-2 week trip. How long i stay is kinda depending on how much money i can make this summer. haha
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

Please take a look! 2010/4/5 14:57
If this will be the first visit to Japan, I would recommend you to go to Tokyo. Tokyo has many places that you can choose from. In places like Roppongi, Ginza, Azabu, Hiroo, shibuya, Akasakaetc, there are many people from different countries living there and there are some clubs, shops and restaurants where staffs can speak English.

Some recommendations

Shibuya Womb--- http://www.womb.co.jp/

Shinkiba Agehahttp://www.ageha.com/

Here is the list of clubs that are popular among foreigners (in Tokyo) you can look at some of their websites.

http://www.olddjmag.com/?op=top100club

http://vote2.ziyu.net/html/club.html

Some YouTube videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Eo5OhG7wA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xybr2IUaYo

I think Shibuya Womb would be the best??
by kkww (guest) rate this post as useful

WOMB 2010/4/5 15:18
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3mPchapkSo&feature=related

This YouTube is about Shibuya Womb.

There are many foreigner friendly clubs in Roppongi, too.
by kkww (guest) rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/5 16:12
"If you would know, how much would you suggest i bring for about a 1-2 week trip. How long i stay is kinda depending on how much money i can make this summer. haha"

Depends on what you do. I was there for 16 days and including flights and a rail pass, I spent about AUD4000. I did shop lots and I did somehow manage to drink for free everywhere (mainly because I knew Nov in Osaka, so even in Tokyo it got 'Nov-sans friend' free drinks. Odd, but cool)

I stayed in business hotels that I booked through agoda.com, so last minute deals which also made it all cheaper.

It is possible to do Japan on a budget but it is also possible to spend more than you intended very easily.
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

Psytrance / progressive trance parties 2010/4/5 21:41
These sites list some good parties in the Tokyo area:


http://www.mother.bz/

http://www.brainbusters.info/parties-en.html

http://www.trancelife.net/schedule/

Most of them lists clubs that attract international psytrance / progressive trance dj's from all over the world.

I also recommend going to Zushi or Kamakura during the summer months. A lot of the times, you can find free beach parties going on during the weekends. :) The clubs in Tokyo can be quite expensive for a foreigner, so it's always great when you can catch a free one at the beach!
by goa-gal (guest) rate this post as useful

One more information 2010/4/6 01:05
Please listen to the Podcast by Kamasami Kong. He usually updates his Podcast once a week. He talks about what will be going on the next 7 days in Tokyo, information about major events, parties, etc. so you can get most up-dated information about Tokyo. I always listen to it when I go to Tokyo, too.

http://metropolis.co.jp/podcast/

Some other useful webpage

http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_nightlife/dance_clubs/Club...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ_TsGiVKrc&feature=related

Go to Friday and Saturday night if you want to meet lots of party people there. Weekdays are less crowded, less exciting.

Have a nice trip Bye.
by kkww (guest) rate this post as useful

Roppongi 2010/4/6 04:23
You donft have to worry if you cannot speak Japanese. For example if you go to clubs in Roppongi, almost half the staffs working there are English speakers. Many gusts are also English speakers. Japanese people who go to Roppongi know that there are many opportunities to meet and speak to English speakers and most of them are willing to talk to foreigners. There are many cafes and restaurants in Roppongi and you can meet many foreigners and can make friends with them and can ask them their recommendations. Actually, many foreign people live in Roppongi and its surrounding areas. But if you like to go to clubs that are less foreigners go or if you want to go to clubs that more local people go, you can go to clubs in Shibuya such as Womb. But still, there are people who can speak English and you will not have problem. If you like a huge club, I recommend you to go to Ageha in Shinkiba. You can see reviews of them on the website that I gave you before.
http://www.sunnypages.jp/search/tokyo_nightlife/dance_clubs?page=2
by kkww (guest) rate this post as useful

Age 2010/4/6 09:41
I was poking around the Ageha website and i noticed the warning scroll over at the bottom. Scrolled over it and it announced that you have to be 20 to enter, and that they check ID's. Does this truly happen, and if so do you think they'd let a 19yr old slip by? Id be turning 20 in early September which is to late to go over, as college will have started up again.
by Greg Katonryu rate this post as useful

Ageha 2010/4/6 14:20
Ageha is one of the good choices.

At Ageha, staff will check your ID to make sure you are over 20 at the entranceccIf you are not, they will probably not let you inc.

Each club has different restriction of ages. Some clubs have 20, some clubs have 18 etc. Some clubs, if it is really busy time, like Friday and Saturday after 10pm, they might not have time to strictly check everybodyfs ID. But I think Ageha staff WILL check your ID because I heard from somebody that Ageha is very strict about age restriction. c.
by kkww rate this post as useful

. 2010/4/6 16:31
Ageha is VERY strict about age.

That is one thing to think about. Legal drinking age in Japan is 20, so you may have a few issues. I didn't think to ask that the first time around.

Again, for things like that, one of the best things you can do is to go to the smaller places and those with less foreigners; they aren't as inclined to ask you for ID. If not, it will be a matter of luck and taking a gamble at the door to see if they let you in.
by Minkagreen rate this post as useful

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