By the time sun goes down, maybe you are tired from the hustle and bustle…but trust me, there are MANY things to do in Tokyo at night! The places I picked are for eating, drinking, shopping, or simply just taking in the night views. Whether you are jet-lagged or simply can’t sleep from excitement, I have singled-out 7 of the best places to enjoy your Tokyo night.
Night Views in Tokyo
Seaside Top Observatory
If you want to enjoy iconic Tokyo Tower view, this place is for you!! What I like about the Seaside Top Observatory is their super reasonable price. The entry fee is 620yen while other observatories, such as Tokyo City View, charges you 1,800yen (!!!). In addition to the bargain, this place is not very crowded and there is a large area on top that you could sit down to relax while enjoying the gorgeous view. A 360 degree view of Tokyo definitely helps you better understand the layout of Tokyo. My personal recommendation is to get here about an hour before sunset, so you can reserve the best spot to get a great shot of Tokyo Tower. It is magical to see as the sunlight slowly disappears leaving a beautiful silhouette of Tokyo Tower. 🙂
Ebisu Garden Place
Ebisu Garden Place is a perfect spot for a couple to spend their romantic nights. It is also very photogenic during the upcoming Christmas season. With trees about 10 meters high decorating the street, and the warm light of the trees surrounding you, it creates a perfect Christmas atmosphere. You will feel like a celebrity while walking this red carpet, and you will be greeted by a beautiful Chandelier at the end. (I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture!! T_T)
Food and Drink in Tokyo
If you want to spend a night the way locals do, this is the place for you! This narrow street is a hidden gem. It is filled with small shops offering a variety of Japanese food and drinks. There are many different restaurants to choose from, and the menus you find here are unique and authentic at the same time. Even if you choose not to eat, it is worth a visit to experience real local culture and immerse yourself in a part of Tokyo’s history. I definitely recommend trying “Motsuyaki Uchan”! They offer different varieties of skewers, and they’re reasonably priced for how delicious they are!!! There is no English menu, so I would suggest going with the chef’s recommendations. Just keep in mind that it can be really crowded during the rush hours so plan accordingly.
This is where the heart of Tokyo comes alive. You will find yourself surrounded by karaoke, an assortment of clubs, and restaurants that are open until 2-4 in the morning. Maybe you’ve already heard about Kabukicho, but if you don’t…there are also several “naughty” places behind closed doors. If you are looking for a place like that this is definitely for you. However Kabuki-cho is also a fun place to visit as a family. There are shopping centers, movies theaters, cafes, and even a famous robot bar. Also Godzilla is lurking from the top of a building, and it is a great spot to take photos! Some Japanese people (usually older people) say Kabuki-cho is dangerous, but the danger in this area is definitely overstated. Just be sure to choose your entertainment wisely. :O
Shinjuku Golden Gai
This place is just a few blocks away from Omoide Yokocho or Kabukicho. There are many tiny bars along the street and they typically have intimate seating available for 6 people. In my opinion, Shinjuku Golden Gai is more of a tourist attraction compared to Omoide Yokocho, but it is a great place to meet new people from all over the world. There is definitely something utterly enchanting about having a few drinks there. Since the bars are so small, people tend to be friendly and curious. Just be aware that some bars ask for a cover charge, so keep an eye out for the places that do not as there are plenty. 😉
Shimbashi is basically known as the salaryman capital of Tokyo. It is decorated with rustic izakayas (bars) which offer cheaper food and drinks, and it can become rather crowded with local Japanese businessmen during rush hour. A lot of izakayas may not offer English menus, but if you want to experience authentic Japanese bars then you are in the right place! I highly recommend exploring during the day. Some izakayas open early, so you can just relax and sightsee while avoiding the heavy crowds. Also, there are many photogenic places to enjoy taking photos! If you would like to stay around this area, check out here .
Night Shopping in Tokyo
Ginza is most famous for their high-end designer shops. There are also a variety of smaller boutiques you can enjoy in a single day, and multiple cafes for when you need a rest. Even if you don’t plan on spending any money, you will still enjoy the elegant atmosphere. I always enjoy visiting during the night! There are many restaurants to choose from in the malls as well as on the street, each of which are decorated with fascinating neon lighting. Ginza is also perfect for the Christmas season. With each year the popularity of Christmas increases in Japan which encourages decorations for a more exciting atmosphere. You can visit every year and be impressed each time you go. Just keep in mind that most department stores and shops close around 8PM. If you plan to stay around this area, check out this hotel here.
I hope these places help you to decide your plans in Tokyo at night! You will never want to sleep in this exciting city. Have you been to Tokyo and found some interesting things to do? If so please comment here and share your experience with me! Feel free to message me if you have any questions!