Serious techno: Contact
Located in the heart of the constantly buzzing Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most revered and impressive clubs. With the entrance hidden from the city’s main streets, the venue is home to the more discerning techno and dance music fan. With an excellent sound system and a reliably good clientele, it’s clear why the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Nicholas Jaar, and Giorgio Moroder have rolled through Contact’s doors in recent times. The main room features a very strict no drinks, no cameras policy, and to enter, visitors must register online to become a member to gain access to the venue. But once you get through the doors of Contact you’ll agree the effort is worth it.
150-0043 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 2-10-12 Shin Oji Bill B2, +81 3 6427 8107
Rock ‘n roll: Bauhaus Roppongi Rock Club
This one is for the rock n rollers out there. Though Tokyo is a city overflowing with amazing intimate live houses, if you only have a limited amount of time to rock, then make your way to Bauhaus Roppongi Rock Club. Housing a diverse audience, the venue is still very authentically Japanese. Request lists are passed around the venue where guests can request their favorite classic rock hits. Here you’ll find hard partying tourists mingling with hard working salarymen, becoming a single entity thanks to the power of rock.