Shibuya is Tokyo’s youth district that never runs out of energy. Whatever time of day, it buzzes with activity, and as the night deepens, all sorts of fun happen here and there. There sure is a scene that will suit your kind of activity. If you don’t know where to look, let this list point you to the right direction.

Drink like a local at an Izakaya in Nonbei Yokocho

If Shinjuku has Golden Gai, Shibuya has this – Nonbei Yokocho or Drunkard’s Alley. Izakayas are a dime and a dozen in Shibuya, but nothing beats the nostalgic appeal and intimate atmosphere that this area is known for. Its multitude of seemingly rundown bars and cheap eateries are lined with paper lanterns. The tiny shared space invites conversations despite language barriers. This alley is a world removed from the rest of Shibuya’s swanky and modern establishments, and if you’re the type to enjoy a local’s perspective, this is the kind of place to get it.

Address: 1 Chome-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 3-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Nonbei Yokocho: http://www.nonbei.tokyo

Chill at a late-night café

If you’d rather stay caffeinated than drinking the night away, Shibuya is your kind of place because of its late night cafés. One such establishment is Udagawa Café. Conveniently located along Center Gai, you can chill here until 5 AM while sipping on your choice of coffee (or tea) and munching on delicious midnight snacks.

Address: 1F Grand Tokyo Kaikan, 33-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Udagawa Café: http://www.udagawacafe.com/cafe/en/

Play bowling all night

Come to EST for an exciting game of bowling in the dark. Competitive matches against your friends will surely keep your group’s energy levels high, and in case you tire of this game, you can switch to billiards, table tennis, or karaoke.

Address: 1-14-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

EST: http://shibuyaest.co.jp (Japanese only)

Visit Shibuya Digitized Café and Dining Bar

Maid cafés are one of those surreal places to dine in Tokyo. Everything is cute, even the food. The cheerful maids never lose the smiles on their faces. There are singing and dancing, and although an awkward idea to some, the diners’ role in this make-believe world is being the master. There’s a set of rules in place for guests to observe to keep things innocent and fun. Considered as one of Tokyo’s most popular maid café chains, Maidreamin’s Shibuya branch is highly recommended for its sci-fi spin to the already whimsical maid café experience. There’s a cover charge of ¥500 per hour plus a required order of at least one drink or food item.

Address: B1F Horaiya Building 30-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 7-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Maidreamin: http://maidreamin.com/en/shop/shibuya_denno

Sing until dawn at a karaoke

Regardless of actual talent, the key to karaoke success is to sing with feelings. There are many good karaoke places in Shibuya area, but Karaoke-kan is smart enough to provide a rack of costumes and wigs for the use of their customers. Perhaps it was put there to help people disguise their shy selves, and combining this with alcoholic drinks for liquid courage sure is the perfect recipe for a fun karaoke session until dawn. However, if singing in front of your friends is still burdensome despite these techniques, you might do better at 1kara – a popular place for solo karaoke.

Address: 30-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Karaoke-kan: http://karaokekan.jp/index.html (Japanese only)

Address: 5F Chitose Kaikan Building 13-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 4-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

1kara: https://1kara.jp/en/

Sip cocktails with a great view of the city

Forty floors up on Shibuya’s Cerulean Tower, Bello Visto gives you an unobstructed view of Tokyo’s night landscape. From here, you can easily spot Shinjuku, Roppongi, and the Tokyo Tower while sipping on fancy drinks like wine, cocktails, and classic spirits. The dim lighting is accompanied by a live piano to set the mood for a very luxe evening. To get the best seats in the house, it is advisable to book yourself a reservation.

Address: 40F Cerulean Tower 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station South Exit

Bello Visto: https://www.ceruleantower-hotel.com/en/restaurant/bellovisto/

Watch a live gig

While J-Pop is the face of Japanese music internationally, it is definitely not the only genre to expect from the country’s music scene – especially if you’re in Tokyo. The city is home to an eclectic mix of music fans, and if you want to find your tribe, you will most likely find them in live music houses. To catch a gig in Shibuya, head to La Mama or O-Nest. These are the two most popular stages in the area. The former is mainly a venue for rock and roll acts, and the latter caters to indie performances.

Address: B1F Primera Dogenzaka Buidling Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station West Exit

La Mama: http://lamama.net (Japanese only)

Address: 6F Maruyama Town 2-3 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 9-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station West Exit

O-Nest: http://shibuya-o.com/nest/ (Japanese only)

Party at Tokyo’s hottest night clubs

When in Tokyo, prepare to party hard. The city’s nightclubs are among the most energetic venues in the world with its massive dance floors, blinding strobe and laser lights, heart-thumping audio systems, a talented roster of local and international DJ’s, and a fired-up crowd that carries on dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Shibuya’s representative nightclub is Womb. This place is enormous – four floors of bars, dance floors, lounge areas, and VIP rooms. It has a capacity of 1,000 people and plays techno, house, drum & bass, and EDM.

Address: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Womb: http://www.womb.co.jp

Appreciate various art forms

Bunkamura is a mixed-use art complex that houses concert halls, an art-house cinema, museums, boutiques, and restaurants. It is the go-to place for cultural entertainment alternating musical concerts, stage plays, dance performances, and even opera in its state of the art facilities. For more details on Bunkamura’s event line-up, visit their official website through the link provided below.

Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Access: 7-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit 3

Bunkamura: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/index.html

Crash for the night at a capsule hotel

For obvious reasons, capsule hotels are pretty popular in Shibuya. When it’s time for you to crash after an activity-filled night, you can just check yourself in one of these pods for a nice restful sleep. It is, after all, an item on the to-do list of many people traveling to Tokyo, so might as well also plan to end your night out here. This applies to females too, as Shibuya has a few female-friendly options like Nadeshiko Hotel.

Address: 10-5 Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 12-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station West Exit

Nadeshiko Hotel: http://nadeshiko-hotel.jp

Address: 1-19-14 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station West Exit

Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya: http://www.century-grp.com/other-languages/centuryshibuya

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