Tokyo entertainment

Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on, don't miss the chance to catch the big boys of Japanese wrestling in action at the country's largest sumo stadium. The key spectacle is around 3.45pm when the makuuchi (top…
Top Choice Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabukiza

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre is fitting for the extravagant dramatic flourishes that are integral to the traditional performing art of kabuki. Check the website for performance details and to book…
Top Choice Baseball in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome (aka ‘Big Egg’) is home to the Yomiuri Giants. Love ’em or hate ’em, they're the most consistently successful team in Japanese baseball. If you’re looking to see the Giants in action, the baseball season …
Top Choice Jazz in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Shinjuku Pit Inn

This is Tokyo's best jazz spot: intimate, unpretentious and with an always solid line-up of influential, avant-garde, crossover and up-and-coming musicians from Japan and abroad. If you're already a fan of jazz, you…
Top Choice Live Music in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Unit

This subterranean club stages live music and DJ-hosted events (sometimes staggered on the same night). The solid line-up includes Japanese indie bands, veterans playing to a smaller crowd and overseas artists making…
Top Choice Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

WWW

In a former art-house 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 …
Top Choice Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shimo-Kitazawa Three

We love Three's mission to make live music more accessible in Tokyo: it hosts 10 free events a month (otherwise they average around ¥2000). The line-up is pretty random, but the welcoming attitude means there's usua…
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 LED lights to illuminate all of Shinjuku. You…
Classical Music in Ueno & Yanesen

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Ballet both make regular appearances at this concrete bunker of a building designed by Maekawa Kunio, an apprentice of Le Corbusier. Prices vary wildly; look o…
Performing Arts in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Suigian

If you would like an up-close and personal taster of traditional Japanese performing arts, including nō and kyōgen drama and courtly dances, make a reservation for one of three, 40-minute performances that take plac…