Live Music in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Nippon Budōkan

The 14,000-plus-seat Budōkan was originally built for the judo competition of the 1964 Olympics (budō means 'martial arts') and will be pressed into service again for the 2020 event. Martial-arts contests are still …
Jazz in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Cotton Club

You’re more likely to hear contemporary international jazz stars here than musicians harking back to the 1920s New York club it honours. Also on the roster is a medley of interesting Japanese artists such as saxopho…
Spectator Sport in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Arashio Stable

Catch morning sumo practice through the window between 7.30am and 10am at this friendly stable. Call the day before to double-check that practice (keiko) is on; more info is on the English website.
Theatre in Marunouchi & Nihombashi


Meiji-za got its start as an open-air kabuki theatre in the late 19th century. Today, it's a modern theatre hosting comedic performances, old-school vaudeville-style acts, musical concerts and, yes, sometimes kabuki…