Live Music in Tokyo

There is no shortage of venues to hear live music in Tokyo. Many big acts, Japanese and foreign, appear at Shibuya’s Club Quattro. O-West and O-East are two other good venues in Shibuya for tech­no and J-pop. In Ebisu the Liquid Room is a trendy place to see a mix of bands. The Akasaka Blitz hosts J-pop groups and some foreign acts. Venues for live music and experimental performances range from the ever-exciting SuperDeluxe in Nishi-Azabu, to expat-hangout The Pink Cow in Roppongi. The Mandala Live House has mostly Japanese bands.

For big-name jazz performers try the Shinjuku Pit Inn, the Cotton Club in Marunouchi, and the Blue Note Tokyo Birdland, in Akasaka, is one of Tokyo’s longest-running jazz clubs Billboard Live Tokyo in Roppongi is a fancy venue that features live music perfor­mances by top artists.

A Jazz representation at Cotton Club – Marunouchi, Tokyo

For a cozier, more intimate setting, try the Blues Alley Japan, a small club featuring blues, jazz, rock, world music, and other genres.

The domestic and international classical music and opera scene in Tokyo is flourishing. Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Bunkamura, New National Theater, Suntory Hall, NHK Hall, and the Tokyo International Forum are all popular spots.

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