Entertainment

Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Top Choice Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabukiza

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre makes a strong impression. It is a good indication of the extravagant dramatic flourishes that are integral to the traditional performing art of kabuki. Check the webs…
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 Live Music in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Unit

This subterranean club stages live music and DJ-hosted events (sometimes on the same night). The solid line-up includes Japanese indie bands, veterans playing to a smaller crowd and overseas artists making their Jap…
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…
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…
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…
Live Performance in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

P.A.R.M.S

The girl group Kamen Joshi – singing and dancing young women wearing cute outfits and hockey masks – is all the rage at this live-music show in the Pasela Resort's karaoke emporium. It's a thoroughly Akiba night out…
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 …
Baseball in Harajuku & Aoyama

Jingū Baseball Stadium

Jingū Baseball Stadium, built in 1926, is home to the Yakult Swallows, Tokyo’s number-two team (but number-one when it comes to fan loyalty). Night games start at 6pm; weekend games start at 1pm or 2pm. Get tickets …