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Tokyo's most notorious red-light district lies east of Seibu Shinjuku Station...
Tokyo's biggest pop phenomenon takes the girl-group prototype and expands it far beyond the five-girl quorum that proved successful for the Spice Girls...
Popular performances include late-night rakugō (shinya yose ) – a monologue style of storytelling in which the actor uses props and remains seated – which is only performed at five places in Japan...
Tucked into an outside corner of the recently built Tokyo Midtown complex, this hip restaurant-bar pulsates with friendly drinkers on Friday and Saturday nights...
This established girls-only spot is welcoming and comfortable, and is run by a lesbian activist...
Home to experimental theatre group OM-2, this small space features a variety of genres, from ballet to butō (contemporary dance style) to experimental performance pieces...
Kawai-san, the proprietor of this Golden Gai bar, knows more about film (especially that of Chris Marker) than most of us ever will. No English is spoken here, though you’re welcome to practise your rusty Français.
Insomnia Lounge is that rare Shibuya find: a bar for grown-ups. Good food, low music and a cosy, mirrored red interior make it the kind of place to come when you’re in the mood for conversation.
One of the largest bars in the gay village, Dragon has sleek modern decor, an easygoing vibe and a great mix of Japanese and foreigners. Women are welcome, too. Happy hour from 6pm to 9pm.
This cafe has international lesbian nights on Wednesdays; Halloween and Christmas events; and guest DJs. It’s in the Oishi Building behind the Shibuya police station.
A welcoming, dimly lit bar with 1980s videos on the tube and a cruisy vibe. GB has friendly staff and generous drinks and makes for a great spot to begin the night.
Bar Plastic Model is one of the new joints run by a younger generation in venerable Golden Gai, with an ’80s soundtrack and decorated with retro knick-knacks.
'Ni-chōme' is Tokyo's gay neighbourhood, offering over 200 venues from sociable everyone's-welcome bars to sex clubs with strict face control.
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