Entertainment

Cinema in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Uplink

Watching indies at Uplink feels a bit like hanging out in a friend's basement; with just 40 (comfy, mismatched) seats, it's officially Tokyo's smallest theatre. Artsy domestic and foreign films (subtitled in Japanes…
Performing Arts in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Setagaya Public Theatre

The best of Tokyo's public theatres, Setagaya Public Theatre puts on contemporary dramas as well as modern nō (a stylised Japanese dance-drama, performed on a bare stage) and sometimes butoh (an avant-garde form of …
Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Club Quattro

This small, intimate venue has the feel of a slick nightclub and attracts a more grown-up, artsy crowd than the club’s location – near Center-gai – might lead you to expect. Though there’s no explicit musical focus,…
Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

WWW

In a former arthouse cinema (with the tell-tale tiered floor still intact), this is one of those rare venues where you could turn up just about any night and hear something good. The line-up varies from indie pop to…
Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shelter

Of all the venues on the Shimo-Kitazawa circuit, this small basement club, going strong for more than 25 years now, has the most consistently solid line-up. It can be an excellent place to catch (and even meet) up-a…
Theatre in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Honda Theatre

This is the original – and the biggest – of Shimo-Kitazawa's independent shōgeki-jō (small theatres). If you have a fair helping of Japanese language, this is a good place to start digging into Tokyo's theatre scene…