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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…
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 …
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…
Traditional Music in Asakusa & Sumida River

Oiwake

Oiwake is one of Tokyo's few minyō izakaya, pubs where traditional folk music is performed. It's a homely place, where the waitstaff and the musicians – who play tsugaru-jamisen (a banjo-like instrument), hand drums…
Live Music in West Tokyo

Star Pine's Cafe

This is an attractive, intimate venue, sunk deep so the ceiling feels refreshingly high. The line-up is jazz, but that's a wide net, encompassing everything from standards to the quirky, avant-garde and experimental…
Live Music in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Liquid Room

When this storied concert hall moved to Ebisu from seedy Kabukichō, it cleaned up its act – but not its line-up. Liquid Room is still a great place to catch edgier performers (and some big names too). Both Japanese …
Live Music in West Tokyo

Ni Man Den Atsu

Kōenji's most well-known punk venue boasts of having 'the world's loudest sound system'. Oddly enough, it's in the basement of a large, nondescript apartment complex (and must also have the world's best soundproofin…
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 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,…