Tokyo is one of Asia’s top nightclubbing destinations and for good reason. The city has two of DJ MAG’s Top 100 nights clubs, a long and rich history of night clubbing, and the world’s biggest DJs performing in Tokyo on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately, with such a wide range of nightclubs available, it can be hard to determine which club to spend your night partying away.
Let us ease your nightlife decision making with Tokyo Night Owl’s Top 5 Tokyo Nightclubs of 2017.
Our Selection Criteria
We are making our selection based on the following criteria:
- Entertainment: The club needs to be exciting, and provide thrills that customers can’t experience anywhere else. This entertainment could be top tier DJs or an incredible stage production.
- The quality of sound: It is a nightclub, after all, and we want to dance without having our ears ringing the next morning.
- Popularity: A dead club on a Saturday night is awful, but a club full of thirsty men is the worst. The venue should also have a decent ratio of male to female guests.
- Safety: Feeling safe in a nightclub is a must. Women must be able to enjoy the club without being harassed. Additionally, the nightclub should not be overcrowded with overly aggressive security guards.
- Value: Spending a fortune on a simple gin tonic at the bar is “No Bueno.” And no one wants to break their bank at a VIP table with surprise service charges. The club should have a balance between well-priced drinks and reasonable doors prices.
The Top 5 Tokyo Night Clubs
ageHa is a must see for anyone looking to have a memorable nightclub experience. The club boasts four different dance floors, three VIP sections, three large bars, an outdoor pool, a garden area and a food court. The main floor is a large arena encircled by octagon shaped speakers that pump out an enormous amount of sound. Many of the world’s most famous DJs have held concerts here with over 3,000 party goers in attendance.
The food court itself is amazing with a variety of foods on sale including kebabs, beef bowls, ramen and more. ageHa also offers free shuttle buses from Shibuya station. The party atmosphere on these buses can be a fantastic way to make new friends before arriving at the club.
We recommend checking out ageHa in the summer when they throw foam parties at the pool every weekend. Nothing beats dancing at the pool as the sun rises over the horizon.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget your photo ID at this club. Being stuck at ageHa with no trains available can be a nightmare. Remember they do not accept student IDs or photocopied IDs.
Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen
Address: 〒136-0082 2-2-10 SHINKIBA, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Access: ageHa is not centrally located, so guests will need access the club via train or the free shuttle bus available every 30 minutes after midnight from Shibuya station.
Club Camelot is a three-story nightclub with two main floors, dozens of VIP seating options and four different bars. Camelot had a significant renewal in the summer of 2016 that saw the addition of LED screens, circular bar counters, and more VIP tables. This club excels at providing three different kinds of parties every night of the week. It never feels too crowded, and the lines at the bar are always short. We believe Camelot provides the most foreign-friendly nightclub in Shibuya especially on the B2 floor.
Pro Tip: Splurge on a VIP table near the round bar on the B2 floor. The Camelot bottle service is second to none, with friendly staff, and a great view of the party. Book your table at ENVYME.JP for cheap deals starting from 40,000 yen.
Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen for Men, 1,500 Yen for Women
Address: 〒150-0041 1-18-2, Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo,
Access: About a seven-minute walk from Shibuya station, located around the corner from TGIF.
Harlem is the most authentic Hip-Hop Nightclub in Tokyo, if not Japan. You will discover a scene here rich with history and packed with Japanese hip hop fans. The club has a modest warehouse aesthetic with a large dance floor on the 2nd floor, and a lounge found upstairs. Check out the BX Lounge on the 3rd floor for its chilled R&B vibes, VIP tables, and intimate setting.
Pro Tip: Directly outside Harlem, there are typically DJs or staff who pass out discount flyers. These will allow guests to enter for only a 1,000 yen with one free drink before midnight. Grab one of discount flyers and enjoy a cheap night out at Harlem!
Average Door Price: 3,000 Yen
Address:〒150-0044 2-4 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Access: From Shibuya station, walk up Dogenzaka street for about five minutes. After passing a Sushi bar and a second Family Mart on your right side turn right and go straight on this street until you see Harlem on your left.
WOMB is famous for its underground house, techno, and bass music parties. It’s consistently ranked in the DJ MAG Top 100 night clubs prestigious list which makes WOMB the must-see Shibuya nightclub for most Tokyo travelers. The club’s interior recently received a makeover, including new lighting, an upgraded lounge floor and an entirely new VIP balcony that overlooks the main floor. Saturday nights at WOMB can provide some of the purest nightclub experiences available in Tokyo.
Pro Tip: Skip the weekdays. Despite WOMB’s status as a top tier Tokyo night club, the weekday events are always slow featuring DJs who play disturbingly cheesy EDM music.
Average Door Price: 3,500 Yen
Address: 〒150-0044 Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyamacho, 2-16
Access: WOMB is about a ten-minute walk from Shibuya Station. The club is hidden within the Shibuya love hotel district, so we recommend checking google maps.
With several re-openings and name changes, the ALIFE club has gone through some growing pains in the past few years. But apparently, it has been worth it because ALIFE is now the definitive nightclub of Roppongi. The ladies dress up, the VIP tables are full, and the dance floors are packed with hip young people. Get your Top 40 fix here with international hits being played loud on three different floors. The club is a safe distance away from the seedy massage parlors, and kebab stands that litter the Roppongi street. ALIFE is the perfect club for a night out with friends who are seeking an international atmosphere.
Pro Tip: This club is very popular with beautiful party people. If you are looking for where the models party in Tokyo, this is the spot.
Address: 106-0031 Nishi Azabu 1-7-2 Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo
Access: ALIFE is a seven-minute walk from Roppongi station towards Roppongi Hill.
ELE Tokyo is a gorgeous two-story nightclub with dozens of VIP options. This club regularly books sexy go-go dancers who perform on the weekends. Unfortunately, the flow of the club is awful with choke points everywhere, and the dance floor is cramped.
Sound Museum Vision can be a fantastic night club for seeing famous guest DJs from commercial EDM to deep underground acts. We enjoy the underground vibe of the club and the maze-like layout of the different floors. But, the main floor sound system is painfully loud requiring ear plugs. There are also four different dance floors. However, only two are worth checking out. Also, the wait times at the door can be obnoxious.
ATOM is another popular nightclub in the Shibuya with a long operating history, 13 years to be exact. Everything about this club screams, Shibuya! Recently the club gave its 4th floor a much-needed makeover, and it’s worth checking out. Friday and Saturday nights can be unbearably crowded, with overly aggressive security. But we are adding this club to our honorable mentions because the weekday parties here are the best in all of Tokyo. Always busy, loads of ladies only seats, three different floors, and cheap 500 yen drinks.
Night Owls, what are your favorite Tokyo Nightclubs? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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