Entertainment

Cabaret in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Robot Restaurant

This Kabukichō spectacle has hit it big with its vision of 'wacky Japan': bikini-clad women ride around on giant robots against a backdrop of animated screens and enough neon to light all of Shinjuku. Reservations a…
Classical Music in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall

This beautiful, oak-panelled, A-frame concert hall, with legendary acoustics, hosts the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra among other well-regarded ensembles, including the occasional bugaku (classical Japanese music) gr…
Jazz in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Shinjuku Pit Inn

This is not the kind of place you come to talk over the music. This small basement club, open for half a century now, is Tokyo's best jazz spot, drawing a mix of influential, avant-garde and up-and-coming musicians …
Live Music in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Loft

The chequerboard stage here, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016, has hosted the feedback and reverb of countless Tokyo indie and punk bands over the decades. The venue is small, with capacity for just 500…
Comedy in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Suehirotei

This is one of the very few remaining yose (vaudeville) theatres in Tokyo. Shows feature 18 acts, of which more than half are rakugo (comedic monologue). You’ll need pretty good Japanese to follow along, though ther…
Jazz in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Jazz Spot Intro

This little club – which gives away a quarter of its floor space to a grand piano – holds jam sessions almost nightly (Monday and Fridays are for drinking, listening to records and talking shop). It's most well know…
Performing Arts in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

New National Theatre

Tokyo’s premier public performing-arts centre includes state-of-the-art venues for opera, dance and theatre. Many of the plays and dance productions are Japanese; the opera stage is usually given over to visiting in…