It was only about two years ago that Japan
lifted its infamous Fueiho Law, a legal ban on dancing
. However, the law never really seemed to impact on Tokyo
‘s vibrant nightlife. With a scene for every niche
, music in Japan is nothing short of an adventure. If electro is your style, check out these hotspots when you’re in town.
If there’s one Tokyo club you have to visit once in your lifetime, it’s AgeHa. Located a half hour from Shibuya, this mega Shin-Kiba club is home to a food court, multiple stages and even a pool on one of the dance floors! During the week the venue is known as the live space Studio Coast but on the weekend it transforms to the infamous AgeHa. Hosting performances by a broad selection of artists, it’s the venue’s knack for booking the biggest names in the dance music scene that’s made it a Tokyo nightlife staple.
2 Chome-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 5534 1515
Located in the club dense heart of Shibuya, Womb is a 1,000-capacity venue spread across four floors. With some of the best sound systems in the city, it’s an audiophile heaven and draws swarms of dedicated music fans all nights of the week. In terms of line up the venue often hosts shows by international guests whose works is usually in the realm of techno, drum ‘n bass, and of course electro.
Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyamacho 2_16, Japan, +81 3 5459 0039
A little newer than some of the others on this list, Circus is tucked behind the railroad tracks of the famous Yamanote line, and though it’s a little out of the heart of Shibuya, draws punters night after night with its well-curated lineups of dance and electro acts. Featuring a variety of genres, a Circus party is always eclectic, and always fun. One of the venue’s main draw cards are its regular daytime parties which are open to dance music lovers of all ages.
Tokyo, Shibuya 3 – chome Shibuya – ku 26-16 Fifo building, Japan, +81 3 6419 7520
For pure party vibes without any pretension, head straight to Club Camelot in central Shibuya. Spread over three separate dance floors, Camelot DJs play everything from R&B, to house, to techno, to top 40 but it’s fair to say EDM it their bread and butter. Absolutely pumping every weekend, the space is large enough to pack in 2,000 fun loving electronic music lovers giving it a massive yet unique party atmosphere unlike anywhere else. They also provide VIP service on request if that’s more your style.
Tokyo, Shibuya, Jinnan, 1 Chome-18-2, Jinanzaka FLAME, Japan, +81 3 5728 5613
Home to two rather spacious dance floors, this Shibuya mainstay has been bringing the party for over a decade now and like a fine wine is just getting better with age. The venue is home of the city’s best DJs blasting flawlessly mixed EDM, R&B and electro bangers until sunrise. If you want to save money, one little ATOM tip is to sneak in before midnight for cheap entry.
Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyamacho, 2-4 Doctor Jianguinsville, Japan, +81 3 3464 0703
Bar, Japanese, none
A little more relaxed than some of the others on the list, Ruby Room is tucked down the back streets of central Shibuya. With a capacity of only 150 people it’s a great place to get up close and personal with some of the city’s most exciting upcoming talent. The venue hosts a broad selection of events from rock shows to open mics, but it’s their ability to host absolutely killer electro parties that makes the venue a Tokyo favourite.
Tokyo, Shibuya, Dogenzaka, 2-25-17 Kasumi Building, Japan, +81 3 3780 3022
With three bars and two dancefloors, Club Asia is a Shibuya favourite with many local promoters and party organizers. Recently the space has been used a lot for live bands, hosting both local and international names, however on the weekends it still hosts some of the biggest and best electro parties in the city.
Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyamacho, 1-8, Japan, +81 3 5458 2551