The Best 10 Tokyo Nightlife Activities: Hang Out With Locals

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.

Place:Golden Gai
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!

Place:Ginza Kentos
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.

Place:Shibjuku sanchome
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.

Place:Tokyo Dome
Access :
Suidobashi Station: JR Chuo · Sobu Line/Subway Mita Line
Korakuen Station: Subway Marunouchi Line/Namboku Line
Kasuga Station: Subway Oedo Line
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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.

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The Best Comedy Nights in Japan

Are you looking for English Standup Comedy in Japan?
Here are the gigs you can watch an English comedy show!


Stand-Up Tokyo

With a wide range of shows across Tokyo, both professional level and free mic nights, you’re sure to find something in a neighborhood nearby. Many of the performers have been doing stand-up for many years now, both in Japan and internationally. There tends to be a very international audience here, so you’ll cheer right up on those nights when you wish you were back home. While it’s mainly stand-up, they accept anything as long as it’s funny, so don’t be surprised to see singers, magicians, skits, or anything else.
Website here

Funny Japan Project

This comedy club tends to hold shows in the old shitamachi or downtown areas of Tokyo, such as Asakusa. A lot of the comedians (and audience) are Japanese, so you’ll have a chance to meet the locals and make some new friends. Everyone’s very warm and supportive, so it’s also the perfect chance to get on the mic and introduce yourself. While they focus on stand-up comedy, their open mic nights are a little more casual, and it’s fine to just get up and introduce yourself.

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Pirates of Tokyo Bay

An improv group based in Tokyo, their goal is to create a show which anyone can enjoy regardless of language. They provide regular shows each month, as well as offering, rather surprisingly, workshops for businesses. I guess a lot of customer service is improvisation.
Website here

Tokyo Comedy Store

One of the longest-running comedy clubs in Tokyo, they offer mostly improv shows. Their TCS Improvazilla Show is the longest-running improv show in Tokyo, and they also offer about two workshops a week for the uninitiated. If you want to meet the locals, their Wednesday evening workshops in particular are all-inclusive, so you’ll find many Japanese speakers joining who find the other classes a little bit hard to follow.
TCS Improvazilla Show website


ROR Comedy

With an open mic every Tuesday and a show each Fri and Sat, all entirely in English of course, this is your best bet for a hilarious evening out. ROR Comedy has been around since 2011, and was the first English stand-up comedy club in Osaka, so you know it’s good.
Website here


Comedy Fukuoka

With regular shows in both English and Japanese, and a free mic night, even all the way down in Kyushu you can see stand-up comedy in Japan. Comedy Fukuoka was created in 2014 by Ollie Horn, who first studied stand-up while living in Paris. Get a wide range of unique takes on Japan from a variety of international comedians.
Website here


Nagoya Comedy

Yet another originally named comedy show, Nagoya has actually had English comedy happening on and off since the 1990s. Thanks to Nagoya Comedy, they now have a rather regular show once or twice a month with a group of standard performers
Website here

Just relax, kick back, and enjoy the atmosphere at Infinity Books Japan

If you’ve become tired of going to a lot of sightseeing places or experiencing new stuff in Japan, I highly suggest you check out Infinity Books Japan.

This used book store has about 15,000 English books piled up to the ceiling.
As soon as you enter, you can see how cozy this place is.
Take a seat on a chair, read some books and allow yourself to relax. To complete the atmosphere, they also sell a variety of refreshments, from soft drinks to alcohol.

There’s a counter which you can order a drink from, and a space in which you can play musical instruments. If you’re not particularly musically gifted, sit back and enjoy listening as other people play.

Every second Friday, they organize an English stand-up open mic.
Not only local English speakers but also foreign tourists join to enjoy watching the various comedians while drinking and laughing!

Tuesday to Saturday


1F Komakata Heights Bldg, 1-2-4 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo


You can check out the next event at Infinity Books.

Book here”Joke Night! English Standup Open Mic in Infinity Books”

Want to enjoy delicious local Japanese foods? Come to Inagaki!

There are lots of great restaurants in Asakusa, but today I want to recommend a traditional motsuyaki izakaya called Inagaki.

This restaurant has been very popular in Asakusa for a long time, because it serves so many different types of local Japanese food, as well as drinks such as sake and beer so you can find the perfect drink to pair with your meal. Not to mention, they are all absolutely delicious.
If you want to try real Japanese food, you definitely need to try eating at Inagaki.

Their most popular menu item is their motsuyaki, or grilled giblets on a skewer. If you’ve never tried giblets before, here is the perfect place to take the plunge! On the other hand, if you know you already like to eat giblets, I’m sure you are gonna love them grilled in this traditional Japanese style!
A lot of people think that giblets have a rather strong smell, but here their giblets are very fresh and just incredibly tasty.  

The atmosphere at Inagaki is great as well. While you can choose to sit at a table if you wish, some sections have a tatami floor (you need to take off your shoes so make sure to wear matching socks!) and then you will be seated on a zabuton, a type of traditional Japanese cushion.

While many visitors in Japan wish to see the Skytree, Tokyo Tower, or other tall, modern buildings, Inagaki gives you a chance to experience a traditional restaurant built a long time ago.
In addition to that, their waiters and waitresses are very energetic and friendly, so even if you go to eat alone you will have an enjoyable time.

Japanese people really love eating and drinking, and we are proud of our food culture. I’m certain this restaurant will be one of your favorites in Japan.


3-25-4 Higashi-komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Where to Drink in Tokyo: The Hub Experience

If you are not dead tired after a whole day of exploring the city, you may be up for meeting some people. Or maybe you are just the kind of person who doesn’t feel the urge to kill every human being around them when exhausted, and actually enjoy sipping a beer at a crowded bar. In which case, please teach me your secrets, Oh Great Master. Either way, the bar chain Hub is well known for being a great meeting point for both foreigners (both locals and visitors) and Japanese people who don’t mind some western-style loudness. In fact, some of them are even interested in interacting with you! 

That’s not the best point though: drinks are cheap (starting at ¥300) and there’s no table charge. This is rare in Japan, where most places cost ¥500 just to enter. This is probably how the chain earned its reputation. In fact, in case you are the only one who still doesn’t know this, Japanese people get friendlier and friendlier the more they drink, making this a great way to meet new people. I wouldn’t push them into more than 3-4 drinks though, unless you want to bring your newborn friendship to the next level in one night, by spending the rest of it taking care of a puking monster.

This being said, if your goal is to meet people, you may want to avoid going on a weekday, as it can be pretty boring. Except when there is a sports game going on, and then it’s probably a please-kill-me level of boredom. Not because of the match, don’t get me wrong, but most people are there just to genuinely watch the game – which in Japan is often not broadcast on normal TV channels – and will leave right after it’s over. I don’t want to underestimate your skills, but it can be pretty hard to socialize with an empty seat.

Sometimes it’s easy to get a glimpse of what is going on by peeking from the outside, but since a lot of the bars are located on the B1 level it may be hard to judge. I call those the black holes. The fact that the most popular ones (like Shibuya’s and Ginza’s) are in the basement is not a mere coincidence: you step in for happy hour (from 5 to 7 pm…not that I have that memorized or anything) and the next thing you know you are asking yourself if Tokyo was always so bright at 11 pm. Oh no, wait…it’s 11 am. So yeah, better keep an eye on the clock. 

On Fridays and Saturdays, the place gets lively pretty early, and you may have a hard time finding a seat. When this occurs, the staff will ask you on entry if standing is fine for you – little do they know, this is the best way to enjoy the Hub. You can walk around freely and not be stuck with the annoying people next to you. They will probably find you again and keep talking to you no matter what, but at least you have a chance to escape. And if you are thinking that this has never happened to you and there are no such people, well, I have some bad news for you… (It’s you!) 

If you are planning on going more than once during your trip, it may be worth getting the membership card; It costs ¥500, and gives you 5% off your next purchases (yes, even during happy hour). Not to mention it gives you that vibe of ‘Look at me, I know what I’m doing and I come here often’, without skipping straight to the ‘I don’t have a life, this is my home’ aura that locals with the gold membership card have (Please refer to the “A Guide to People You’ll Meet at The Hub”).

Once you have your drink in your hands, or even before if you don’t need any help being outgoing, you just have to find a good moment to introduce yourself to the hub’s locals. It’s up to you how you approach this. Options include walking up to a group of friends that look like they’re having tons of fun, standing there awkwardly and interrupting them – people are still debating if this is where the word “kamikaze” comes from –  or making eye contact from afar and waiting for someone to come to you. But if you are not fed up with the never-ending “OMG, you are from *insert country here*? Sugoi desu neee!♪” and “Do you eat sushi?” conversation starters that are the standard in Japan, then the Hub might be the right place for you to spend some (…let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and say ‘one’ for now, shall we?) of your nights in Tokyo.

Hub’s Website:

A Guide to People You’ll Meet at The Hub

If you decided to challenge your socializing skills and step into the Hub (congrats for not being intimidated by “The Hub Experience”), you may want to undergo some mind training first.
Here’s a heads up to hopefully help you navigate the local fauna of the bar – or, worst case scenario (or best?), dissuade you from going. 

The local group of Foreigners
Usually composed of at least 4 members, most of them are native English speakers, they meet there after work (99% are English teachers) and talk about…nothing, because they are there every day and have run out of topics. They just sit there, at their usual table – which, by the way, is reserved through an implicit rule, since they have become acquaintances with the staff. You can recognize this by the presence of one or two ‘tower cocktails’, of course purchased with a gold membership card (I’m still trying to figure out what the requirements are, probably a kidney). They are not interested in meeting new people; On the contrary, they will look at you from afar and wonder why are you there. 

Friendliness: 1 out of 5
How to approach: You have to be introduced to them by a friend in common or one of the Japanese regulars. It helps to have The Hub Membership Card. 

Japanese regulars:
Consists of a suprisingly wide range, from young people that use the place to meet up with local friends around twice a week, to the salary man that doesn’t want to go home to his family. This probably includes most Japanese people, which is why the Hub is always so crowded. Although they may look like they want to be left alone, they are just too shy to start talking to you. When they had enough drinks they’ll gather the courage to mumble a barely-audible “wea-ufo”, and after the 3rd time you’ll realise that they are trying to ask you where are you from. Feel free to be the one who starts the conversation, but be sure to speak slowly and use a lot of gestures – because even if you speak Japanese, their brains will tell them you’re speaking English and they won’t understand what you are saying. Still, pretty friendly people and a crucial pawn to get to know the local foreigners. 

Friendliness: 2.5 out of 5 
How to approach: Offering a “kampai” (“cheers”) and touching your glass to theirs should do it. Sometimes they bring a colleague from work who is super excited to be in a new environment, that’s the easiest target!

The noisy visitors: 
They have been to Japan for 1 week and they are having the time of their life with the temples and the crazy Shinjuku lights, but they don’t really speak Japanese – and that’s probably why they are having the best time of their lives. They are there to make the most out of their trip and interact with the locals, but once they realize people in Japan only speak 2 languages (Japanese and a compex code of bows) and that their plan of meeting authentic Japanese people at a British pub is destroyed, they’ll turn their attentions to other non-Japanese people who look like they can speak English. Together you can all wait for the Gaijin Hunters while being over excited about Japanese toilets and convenience stores, as that’s what appeals to them anyway. 

Friendliness: 4 out of 5
How to approach: Nothing more than a “Hey man!” is needed. 

The Gaijin Hunters: 

Here they are, the easiest people to interact with. They do not care about your Japanese level or why you are even there. They just want to practice their English – not that they know any grammar to put into practice, but there is a widespread idea that just by standing next to you they will acquire English skills through osmosis. Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t matter if you are not a native speaker or don’t even speak English, you are still a foreigner and that will do. It’s in your DNA. However, it obviously isn’t in theirs, as the conversation will take 30 minutes just to get past the “my name is…” point. That doesn’t matter though, as long as they can get a picture with you to show their friends the next day.  

Friendliness: 6 out of 5
How to approach: They will be the ones approaching you, generally with a high five or offering a free hug.

The waiters:
We must not forget the natural inhabitants of the burrow: the staff. They speak English to some extent and are used to new people, so if they are not super busy with the noisy visitors, they may be able to exchange some words with you. Don’t confuse their politeness with genuine interest though, they have seen thousands of people like you and don’t want to get too attached (they know you will leave eventually). Which can also be an extra positive point if you are looking for a one-night stand. Make sure you won’t be going back to hub anytime soon though (be careful though – sometimes they go work at different branches if understaffed, and if any group of foreigners is out on the town at one point someone will suggest The Hub), or else don’t mind if someone spits in your drink. 

Friendliness: 3 out of 5
How to approach: Ask for their recommended drink (be aware, it will be the fastest to make) and wait for them until their shift is over, while trying not to look like a stalker or get too wasted in the meantime.  

If you are lucky, aside from the categories mentioned above, you may also find the rare Hub Unicorn – someone ready to have a casual talk in either English or Japanese and share their ideas and experiences in Japan, without showing off about it, but that goes far beyond the standard Japanese Hub Experience. 

Ninja Bar in Asakusa,Tokyo

Have you ever met a ninja in real life?
Even Japanese people can’t see ninja in Japan anymore (and not just because they can turn invisible).
It is very rare to meet ninja in the current Reiwa era.
However, there is a secret place we can meet ninja in Asakusa.

You can meet a ninja and also drink and talk with him – and even sing karaoke with him!  Are you wondering if ninja are also good at singing or telling jokes?  If you want to find out, visit Ninja Bar in Asakusa and find out.

This bar is located underground and has a wide variety of ‘cup sake’.
Cup sake is a small amount of sake pre-packaged in a plastic cup.
Since cup sake is small, you can enjoy a lot of different types of cup sake in one evening and still remember it in the morning (well, hopefully).

And if you feel you want to try fighting a ninja, why not dress up in your favorite costume for the battle! This bar provides various costumes such as sumo wrestlers, samurai and Dragon Ball Z characters!  You can wear the costumes while drinking in the bar, and hopefully it’ll be a good way to break the ice with other customers, too!

I’m sure you can have an awesome experience with ninjas here. Enjoy yourself at Ninja Bar!


1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Report: English Stand-up Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 253]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo?
If not, you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective. 
I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 11 November I did my 253rd show so far. 

Tonight there were 5 audience members. They were from Singapore, Germany and Czechoslovakia. A very diverse comedy show! Before the show started, as usual we hung out and enjoyed drinking together. All the guests were very nice and engaging.

The Singaporean couple came to the show with their 2-year-old daughter!
This was my first time doing stand-up comedy in front of  a 2-year-old.
She was so cute and laughed a lot!

Before the comedy show

After the comedy show, we had a takoyaki party!
It was a fun night!

Takoyaki party

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

English Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective”

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Youtube : Meshida-Japanese Comedian

Youtube : Meshida-Japanese Comedian

Report: Book Store Comedy Show! [Vol. 4]

The fourth Book Store Comedy Show took place on 8 November, 2019!
Many tourists from all over Asia joined this time!

Over 15 people from the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, China, and Japan did stand-up comedy or talked on stage! 

It was an awesome Asian night! There were only Asian people there, and we had many jokes about other Asian countries. We made fun of each other and those jokes were very funny!

This event is held on the second Friday of every month!!! Come and join us.
Locals, tourists… everyone is welcome. Let’s enjoy Friday night together!

Check Funny Japan Project events here!

Report: English Standup Comedy Show in Asakusa, Tokyo “My Japanese Perspective” [Vol. 252]

Have you ever seen a Japanese guy telling jokes in English in Tokyo? 
If the answer’s no, then you might want to check out my show called My Japanese Perspective. 
I have been organizing a standup comedy show for two years now, and on 10 November I did my 251st show so far. 

This was an anniversary event because I had performed the show My Japanese Perspective 250 times.

That night, there were 50 audience members from all over the world! They were from the USA, France, China, Taiwan, and  South Africa. It was a very international comedy show.

It was very packed and we didn’t have enough seats, so we had to use the seats from the smoking area. Even though I prepared extra seats, some people still had to stand to watch my show.

The emcee of that night was Michael from the Philippines. He made the audience relaxed and created a cozy atmosphere.

There were 2 opening comedians, James and Ken Suzuki, before I started performing.
They were very entertaining, and after that, I performed.

I was performing for an hour, and the audiences seemed they liked all of my jokes. They laughed so hard during the show. After the show, we were hanging out and drinking together and they said they really liked my show. One guy told me that night was the best experience he’s had in Japan, even though he went to visit Kyoto and went around Asakusa.

Please come to watch my show to experience one of the best experiences in Japan.

If you are looking for night entertainment in Tokyo, please come to my comedy show! Let’s make fun of Japan together!

English Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective”

Book here “Standup Comedy Show “My Japanese Perspective

Youtube : Meshida-Japanese Comedian