Visit on of the Tokyo live houses if you are looking for J-Rock during your night on the town. The night life in Tokyo is busy, and there are many places to go to catch a show with that distinct Japanese style. Check out our list of top Tokyo live houses and get ready to rock!
Tokyo Live Houses: Club Que
Club Que has rocked Tokyo for over 20 years. It is actually located in one of the quieter places in town–Shimokitazawa, just a few stations away from Shinjuku and Shibuya. Club Que primarily holds band events with at least three bands per event. Ticket prices are usually anywhere from 2000-3500 yen, but can shoot up to 4000 yen for popular acts. And get your tickets early, Club Que only holds 300 people.
Location: 5-min walk from South Exit of Shimo-kitazawa Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Liquidroom benefits from having a huge venue and and one of the leading sound systems in the city. This Tokyo live house is located in its own two-story building and the main live hall can hold around 900 people. Acts range from one-man shows to mini-festivals with several bands. Ticket prices range from 3000 to 4000 yen, sometimes more for popular acts. Also, this live house hosts bars, a DJ booth, a dining area, and a gallery where you can hold private parties. With the exclusive services Liquidroom provides, everyone can rock differently in the same place.
Location: 5-min walk from West Exit of Ebisu Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Shibuya Club Kinoto
Shibuya Club Kinoto is one of the younger Tokyo live houses and holds around 150 people. Kinoto does not accept bookings from event companies, preferring to work directly with artists. Japanese bands, such Ling Tosite Sigure (凛として時雨), and 9mm Parabellum Bullet became famous after performing here regularly. Maybe you can find your new favorite band here, or witness the birth of the next big thing!
This live house is great for visitors who are looking for something new. Kinoto’s events usually feature various bands and performers. Ticket price ranges from 2000 to 4000 yen and the show usually starts at 6 p.m.
Website (via Google Translate)
Location: 10-min walk from West Exit of JR Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Shibuya Cyclone and Shibuya Garret
Shibuya Cyclone has been open since 1997 and is proud of not being affected by time and trends. The “rock box” holds rock music events for multiple artists and bands, and sometimes invites bands from overseas. Cyclone offers both one-man and multi artists events and often organizes in-house music festivals featuring a long lineup of bands. During these festivals, they will open both Shibuya Cyclone and the upstairs venue Shibuya Garret at the same time.
Website (English and Japanese)
Location: 10-min walk from Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
Shinjuku Loft has been around for over 40 years, and has lots of experience in holding fantastic live performances. There are two stages: the live stage (rock) and the bar stage (softer music). Shinjuku Loft is also known for its great menu, so there’s no need to stop anywhere else for dinner!
Shinjuku Loft has performances nearly every day, ranging from one-man shows to special events with multiple artists. The acts are primarily indie J-rock bands or soloists, but sometimes you end up seeing girl groups or even drama performances. Ticket prices vary by show, usually in the range of 2500 yen to 5500 yen.
Location: 5-min walk from of Seibu-Shinjuku Station (click on the Google Map for walking directions)
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