Tokyo Clubbing Guide

Unit: Za House Bldg, 1-34-17 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

A medium-sized space that hosts an eclectic list of acts ranging from homegrown indie-rock to touring stars as diverse as Bloc Party or the New Mastersounds. Unit has one of the most well connected and talented booking managers in town so it’s always worth taking a peep at the schedules of this Shibuya favourite.

Air: Hikawa Bldg B1F-B2F, 2-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Meticulously designed, Air manages to be both large and intimate, stylish but understated. Refreshingly free of the uppity vibe you’ll often find at Tokyo’s upscale clubs, Air draws big-name international DJs, as well as nurturing the very best in up-and-coming talent. Clubbers with the munchies can pop upstairs for some quality scran in the stylish Frames cafe.

Womb: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

Womb is one of Tokyo’s best kitted-out spots. It has a vast dancefloor, superior lighting, an earth-shaking bass sound system and ‘Asia’s largest mirror ball’. House, techno and drum ’n’ bass predominate but it can vary. Womb’s line-ups are typically packed with the customary blend of touring DJs and skilled locals.

AgeHa: 2-2-10 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo

The biggest club by far in Tokyo, AgeHa requires a bit of a trek out from the bustling centre. The sprawling space houses three dancefloors, a pool area, numerous bars as well as a host of chill-out rooms. The real attraction here is that AgeHa boasts the best sound system in town. Plus check out the cubicle nearest to the ladies’ toilets - it leads to a secret, lockable room. The club provides a free shuttle service from Shibuya every 30 minutes.

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