Guide Get a different take on Tokyo nightlife

Get a different take on Tokyo nightlife

Immerse yourself in an evening of culture for a different take on Tokyo nightlife. Start at the theater and end at a popular late-night hot spring center.

Tips

  • Do some research on Kabuki before you see an act for an basic understanding of the basics
  • Not all hot springs are tattoo-friendly—check before visiting if you have one
  • Head to the Tsukishima area for the best monja

The traditional performing arts

Along with Noh, Kabuki is one of Japan's most traditional stage arts and characterized by colorful costumes and intricately painted faces. To experience the art form live, head to the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza. You can choose from a number of different acts with the earliest evening performances beginning around 4.30 p.m.

Dig into some Tokyo-style comfort food

Not far from Ginza, Tsukishima is the best area to experience an original Tokyo dish, monja—a gooey batter mix containing vegetables and seafood or meat, cooked on a hotplate. For a down-to-earth vibe and to mingle with the locals, try Monja Kura.

An interesting take on Japanese bathing culture

The uber-popular hot spring center Oedo Onsen Monogatari, in Odaiba, is a quirky entertainment complex with onsen baths, relaxation facilities and an 18th-century themed food court with eateries, carnival games and more. If you're not comfortable bathing in the nude, you can still enjoy a foot bath and the other facilities in a cotton yukata. It's the ideal place for a fun and easy introduction to onsen—and it stays open 'til dawn.

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