8 Places for a Unique Night Out in Tokyo

Asakusa, Tokyo | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Asakusa, Tokyo | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Photo of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer22 March 2017

If you’re getting tired of the same old routine, mix it up with one of these recommendations for a unique night out in Tokyo. From a dinner cruise on the river to a wild night at a S&M themed bar, an all night bookstore to 24 hour golf, there is something for everyone in Japan’s capital city.

Yakatabune on the Sumida River

Discover Tokyo from on a traditional Japanese pleasure craft along the Sumida River. Yakatabune are those low, casual boats strung with festive lanterns and are just made for a good time. The Tokyo Yakatabune Association is happy to assist with booking dinner cruises, and prices start from just 10,000 yen per person.

Yakatabune glowing in Tokyo Bay | © Gorgo/WikiCommons

Black Rose

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, Japanese
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Black Rose is an S&M themed bar. You can get whipped by attendants in black leather or have hot wax dripped on your arm (for an additional fee). Too much too soon? Then just sit back and take in the stage show. There’s a hefty cover charge of ¥8,000 which includes a couple of drinks. Open from 9 PM to 3 AM and closed on Sundays.

Nonbei Yokocho

Head to Nonbei Yokocho, also known as Drunkard’s Alley, for a late night drink and a warm reception. The bars and restaurants here have been around for over fifty years, and most are just big enough to permit a coupe of patrons to sit inside. Situated close to Shibuya Station.

Nonbei Yokocho during the day | © Rs1421/WikiCommons

Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Resort, Hotel
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Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Oedo Onsen Monogatari | © Ronny Siegel/WikiCommons
This popular onsen resort and theme park does an excellent job reviving the atmosphere of Old Edo. Make a splash in the wading pools, soak in the onsen or sample tasty treats while you explore the village atmosphere. Oedo Onsen Monogatari stays open all night, closing for just a few hours between 9 to 11 AM each day.

Alcatraz ER

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Servers dressed as nurses at Alcatraz ER
Servers dressed as nurses at Alcatraz ER | © Chalky Lives/Flickr
Not for the faint of heart, this prison hospital themed establishment will have you sitting in dingy cells, eating food brought to you by a deranged nurse. The menu at Alcatraz ER stays true to the theme, serving up interesting and unique cocktails served in syringes and IV drips.