1. Tokyo Pub Crawl – Roppongi
Tokyo’s Best Pub Crawl. Visit three to four different bars or clubs, and get to meet the locals. They have events every weekend – expect drinking, shots, and more drinking (with a bit of dancing thrown in for good measure). Aiming for a safe and fun night, the organisers also make sure to change it up each time, so even if you go twice it’ll be a different experience!
Access : Tokyo, Minato City, Roppongi, 3 Chome−14, 2F
Day : Every Friday and Saturday
Time: Starting 1st location 7:00-8:10
2. English Standup Comedy Show by Japanese Comedian – Asakusa
English Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective”. Because who doesn’t want to spend their time in Tokyo listening to jokes in English? Just kidding – all the jokes are about life in Japan, from the point of view of a Japanese comedian. Hilarious anecdotes and one-liners will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about Japanese culture. This is definitely a unique, memorable take on Japan.
Place：Asakusa smile bar 8minutes from Asakusa Station
Access : 2-20-10 Higashi-Komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Day : Every Monday and Thursday
3. Golden Gai – Shinjuku
This is now a famous Shinjuku location to go drinking, with the narrow streets and many small bars creating a warm, old-fashioned feeling. Many of the bars only fit a few patrons, and there are some unique ones mixed in with all the others. Why not get a drink at Tachibana Clinic, a medical-themed bar? A few of the stores say ‘regulars only’, so avoid those ones and you’re good. Wherever you end up, you’ll be sure to get more than enough photographs for Instagram.
Access : 1-1-6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Day : Everynight 7:00pm – 5:00am
4. Kentos – Ginza
One of the largest live music bars in Tokyo, they seat over 200, and play mostly 70s and 80s pop music. Their house band is Bless of K, and you can check them out on YouTube here. Japan loves old pop music, as you’ll realize if you go to any bar with open karaoke, so just sit back and enjoy the nostalgia as you have a great evening out!
Access : Nitta building 9F 8-2-1 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo
Day : Everynight 8:00pm – 2:30am Sunday 8:00pm – 11:30pm
5. Tokyo International Party
Organising many international parties in Tokyo, this is the party to go to if you want to meet a cute Japanese girl (or guy) who can speak English. Most Japanese people will speak some English, or at least be studying it, so you’ll have a higher chance of being understood – and can get some help ordering that unique cocktail if necessary. You can find them through Meetup, with all information in English and Japanese, to make it easier.
Meet up Group：Tokyo International Party
6. Tokyo Waterway Night Paddling
Want to get an entirely different perspective on Tokyo? Or just not really into the drinking scene? Here you can kayaking down Tokyo’s canals in the evening! It’s pretty safe, the water’s calm, and you’re highly unlikely to crash into another boat (but they give you a life jacket just in case). Bring a camera and you can get a photo of the Skytree from a unique angle, too.
Meeting Place : Higashi-Oojima station (S16) of Toei Shinjuku Line
Day : 3-4times a week
7. Omoide Yokocho – Shinjuku
This tiny alley is smaller than you’re expecting, but packs a lot in. Literally translating to Memory Lane, it’s affectionate nickname of Piss Alley probably gives you a better idea of what you’re in for. The shops are crammed close, with only thin walls dividing them, here’s where to go to get a feel for old Shinjuku. This was originally a black market area, and still has many yakitori chicken skewer restaurants. Not too much English support in some of the stores, but if you’re lucky the other clientele will help you out.
Access : 1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
8. Karaoke Bar Champion – Shinjuku
With affordable alcohol and karaoke, what more could you ask for? If you want to try singing but don’t really want to get a private room (and miss out on making new friends), this is your best option! They have plenty of English support, friendly patrons, and singing support too. All you need to hang out until the sun comes up.
Access : Address：1-1-10, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open : Every night 6:00pm – 4:00am
9. Baseball game – Tokyo Dome
One of Japan’s most popular sports is baseball – and where else to see it than the famous Tokyo Dome. Japanese sports fans have made the news a lot recently for their politeness and warm support of the players. By all accounts, watching sports in Japan is an entirely new experience, and highly popular amongst international sports fans.
Suidobashi Station: JR Chuo · Sobu Line/Subway Mita Line
Korakuen Station: Subway Marunouchi Line/Namboku Line
Kasuga Station: Subway Oedo Line
HP : https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/en/tourists/dome/
10. Hub – British Pub
We all know the Hub. Really, every foreigner in Japan knows the Hub. If you aren’t sure of the area you’re in or where to go next – or it suddenly starts raining – here’s where to go and regroup. There’s always a high ratio of foreigners here, which is great for when you want advice on where to go. Most of the Japanese clientele will be drinking at the Hub in order to meet foreigners. Perfect! Meet some new people, and hopefully they’ll show you around the town afterwards.