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A Few Things You Should Know About Japanese Nightlife


In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Japan

If you are planning to go to Japan and experience nightlife in the Land of the Rising Sun, you have chosen the right time! Namely, up until a few months ago, dancing in clubs was illegal, especially after midnight. Gambling, however, is still illegal, so if you were planning to try your luck there, you should probably learn how to play pachinko – although you can’t actually win any money playing it.

When it comes to partying, Roppongi and Shibuya are the right places to go in Tokyo. Roppongi is popular among foreigners as well as locals, and it can get pretty wild in this upscale part of the city. Still, be cautious of drunk people and shady strip clubs. Also, don’t grab a microphone unless you can actually sing, as karaoke is taken very seriously in Japan. Shibuya is the perfect place for young adults (people over 20), and it has huge night clubs as well as small bars.


The Red-light district, or Kabuki-Cho, in Shinjuku may seem appealing, but you should probably avoid it. Namely, many members of the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) are present there, and many businesses there will serve only rich Japanese men, while refusing service to foreigners.


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