Jazz Spots Directory

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Igari Bldg., 1-23-9 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku
Milestone sadly closed its doors at the end of July, 2019 after 45 years in business. As the nam...
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Japan, 〒231-0023 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Yamashitachō, 巴里堂ビル
Marshmallow is a lovely new(ish) cafe located right in the heart of Chinatown, in Yokohama. It wa...
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Yoshino Bldg B101, NIshi-Ogikubo, Kita
Aketa No Mise (“The Open Store”) is out in west Tokyo, not far from Nishi-Ogikubo s...
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1 Chome-6-21 Higashiikuta, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 214-0031, Japan
044-922-5298044-922-5298
What an unreal treat Garo was to visit. It was first opened in 1967 by the very welcoming Mr. and...
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1124-1 Masuo, Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture
Nefertiti lives up to its very lofty name as it’s one of the finest jazz spots in the entir...
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231-0033 横浜市中区長者町 9-140
First is an old-school Yokohama jazz bar with a vibe and sound all its own. It’s more spaci...
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1-14 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku
03-3267-842303-3267-8423
I was walking through the back alleys of Kagurazaka, the “little Kyoto” area of Tokyo...
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Dug
3-15-12 Shinjuku
The ‘New Dug’ in Shinjuku is a cafe/bar with a complex back story. It was the annex...
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3 Chome−22, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku
Jazz Room Stick is a great old jazz joint in the heart of Shinjuku, located almost directly beh...
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Minami Karasuyama 5-17-13 3F, Setagaya-Ku
Ragtime is the ideal jazz cafe in many ways. It’s a small place up on the 3rd floor of a ru...
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41-23 Udagawa-Cho, Shibuya-Ku 150-0044
Bar Bossa in Shibuya is a quiet gem of a place, perfect for bossa nova fans and/or couples lookin...
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Miyamoto Bldg, 2F 1-43 Hanasakicho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi
Downbeat in Yokohama is one of the classic jazz spots in the entire Kanto (Tokyo Metropolitan) ...
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5-6-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-Ku
Jazz Haus Posy was opened in 1973 by jazz fanatic Misa. She’s a serious enough fan to hav...
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2-8-12 Kajicho, Chiyoda-Ku
Root Down moved down the street just 30 meters from it’s original spot, it’s now Tō...
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1-18-1 Midori-Cho, Tokorozawa-Shi, Saitama-Ken, Japan
Jazz & Coffee Swan first opened in 1965 and still retains every bit of ambiance from that gol...
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3-14-10 Nishi-Nippori, Arakawa-Ku, Tokyo
Charmant opened in 1955 and certainly looks and feels its age. It’s a tiny bar on the secon...
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Azeria Bldg 1F, 1-3-6 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Vanilla Mood is a cool little jazz bar/club just across from Roppongi Hills. It has been open for...
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Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Yamashita-cho 276, Hamada-Bldg 1F
Minton House is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 and shows no sign of closing any time so...
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Inaba Bldg , 2F Asagaya-Minami 3-28-31
03-3220-127503-3220-1275
吐夢 (Pronounced “To-mu” or just “Tom”) is unique in a couple of ways. ...
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東京都渋谷区桜丘町 17-10
Music Bar 45 is a small 2nd floor joint located just a few minutes walk from the south exit of Sh...
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Marco Polo Bldg 2F, 1-8-14 Hon-Chi, Kichijoji
Scratch is a quiet cafe/bar that’s been in heart of Kichijoji since 1974. They open durin...
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Tokyo, Mitaka, Inokashira, 3 Chome−32−16
090-9332-9070090-9332-9070
トムネコゴ (Tomunekogo) is a small, cozy and rustic cafe alongside the entrance to Inokashira-Koe...
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5-16-17, Meguro Honcho, Meguro-Ku
Fat Mama is named after the great Herbie Hancock track from his album “Fat Albert Rotunda&#...
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3-1-12 Koenji-Kita, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo
S.U.B. Store (Small Unique Bookstore) is a very hip new hybrid cafe/bar/gallery/bookstore/records...
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B1F Fuji Bldg B1, Hara-Machida 6-17-1, Machida-Shi
Herbie is the kind of jazz bar you stumble upon randomly on the way home some night and end up st...
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JORNA 4F, Hara Machida 6-6-14, Machida-Shi, Tokyo
Noise is one of the more unique jazz cafes still around. It opened in 1980 as the sister shop to ...
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16-4 Kamiyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Despite its old-world cafe atmosphere, Swing only opened in 2014 and is one of the newer jazz spo...
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Utagawacho 30-4, Shibuya-Ku
03-3463-284803-3463-2848
Pres Jazz Bar is located up near the end of “Center Gai” street in Shibuya, not the...
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Birdland is a beautifully decorated cafe and bar located in the north-east part of Tokyo, just a ...
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Higashi-Ooimachi 5-6-10 1F. Shinagawa-Ku
Jazz Bar Impro is small, even by the incredibly small standards of most Japanese jazz joints. It&...
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3-26-2 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
03-3354-935403-3354-9354
The Old Blind Cat in Shinjuku has a long and fascinating history, as much as any jazz bar in town...
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2F Dai Ichi Nishimura Bldg. 2F, 2-17-4 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-Ku
Jazz Spot Dolphy opened in 1980 but moved to its current location in 1990 and has kept up a ste...
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B1, 3-35-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Jazz Pepe is as old school as it gets. Opened in 1969 by the now 77 year old Okuma-san, Pepe is a...
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スズノビル1F, 3 Chome-2-10 Honchō, Nakano-ku
03-3372-347103-3372-3471
Genius was one of Shibuya’s more famous jazz cafes for more than 20 years before increasing...
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Bunkyo-Ku, Hakusan 5-33-19
The Eigakan (映画館 “Movie Theater) is a jazz cafe for both jazz lovers and cinephiles. Own...
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Umimoto Bldg (梅本) , 4F, 3-29-2 Nishi-Ikebukuro
03-3985-024003-3985-0240
Paper Moon (ぺーぱーむーん) is a 15 seat L-shaped counter bar opened and run by the friendly Ya...
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Kichijoji Honcho 1-31-3, Musashino-shi
Meg is a small cafe/club in Kichijoji, western Tokyo that is a vibrant part of the local scene...
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Shinjuku 2-12-4, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
The Pit Inn remains near, or at the top, of any list of live jazz venues in the Tokyo area. 2015 ...
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Musashino, Kichijoji Honcho, 1−11−31
SOMETIME Kichijoji (they use all caps..) opened in 1975 and still packs people in every night o...
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2-94 Noge-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama,Kanagawa 231-0064
Chigusa is the the gold standard of jazz cafes in Japan. It was first opened in 1933 in the rough...
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Japan, 〒101-0051 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Jinbōchō, 1 Chome−2−9 ウェルスビル
The Adirondack Cafe is a unique jazz cafe and bar just off the main road through the Jinbocho are...
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1-11 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda
Big Boy is a tiny cafe/bar on a side street off the main road through Jinbocho, the old book shop...
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3-152-1 Nishi-Kanagawa, Kanagawa-Ku, Yokohama-Shi
Bitches Brew is yet another only-in-Japan kind of place. It’s a tiny sqaure room on the sec...
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Fuji Shoji Bldg. 2F, Sakuragaoka 2-3, Shibuya-Ku
Many years back I found  Mary Jane by accident, as I had been  looking for the wonderfully named ...
1-8 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-Ku
Eagle is really the prototypical jazz cafe. It opened in 1967 in Yotsuya, right down the street...
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3-10-12 Inage-Higashi, Inage-Ku, Chiba-Ken
Jazz Spot Candy is a gem, one of the finest jazz joints in the entire Tokyo metro area. It opened...
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3-9 Yoshida-cho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi
Little John is a well known jazz bar/tiny club in the Yokohama scene, yet its erratic opening hou...
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155-0032 東京都世田谷区代沢5-31-14
Lady Jane has a very cinematic feel to it, the kind of joint that a lot of people outside Japan w...
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Daikan Plaza B-306, 7-10-17 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
It’s all about vinyl at Hal’s Jazz. Owner Ikeda-san keeps a few racks of cds in the c...
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Toshima-Ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-28-1 Takuto T.O. Bldg 2F
The Owl cafe in Ikebukuro was a great mystery to me as the first three times I went by it was clo...
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〒210 - 0006 川崎市川崎区砂子 2-11-21 深沢ビル3F
Sugar Shack Soul Brothers Bar in Kawasaki is the real deal, a place where soul music fans can sit...
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2-14-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku
Jazz SPOT Intro in Takadanobaba is a tiny basement bar about 2 minutes walk from the station. I...
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Mori Bldg. 5F, 3-35-5, Shinjuku-Ku
Samurai is located in the building that used to house the Shinjuku Pit-Inn before they moved to t...
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2F, 1 Chome−13−6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku
I found this tiny gem of a jazz cafe amidst the chaos that is Kabukicho in Shinjuku. It is a smal...
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3F, 7-61-8 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-Ku
This is as old school a jazz bar as you will find in the Tokyo metro area. 直立猿人 (Chokuritsu E...
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1-17-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-Ku
There’s a beautiful simplicity about JBS (Jazz,Blues,Soul). Owner Kobayashi-san has more th...
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Ebisu Kaikan Bldg, 4F Kabukicho 1-10-5. Shinjuku, Tokyo
In 2013 Black Sun moved from it’s long time home in Nishi-Shinjuku to the heart of Kabukich...
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Matsubara 1-37-14, Setagaya-Ku
03-3321-943103-3321-9431
Miles is a treasure. It opened in 1960 and is one of the few remaining neighborhood jazz bars fro...
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Toshima-Ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro, 1-15-6, Toshima Kaikan B2F
03-5904-857603-5904-8576
070-6455-0240
Absolute Blue is a new club opened in Feb 2015 by Ayumi Hoshikawa, previously a club owner in New...
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東京都杉並区西荻南2-25-4
Opened in 2010, Juha is a small but lively coffee shop about 5 minutes walk from Nishi-Ogikubo St...
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1 Chome−1−10, Kabukicho, Shinjuku
How can I describe this place? It’s small, dark and old; owner Otsuka-san was surly and u...
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〒150-0002 東京都渋谷区渋谷2丁目3−4
03-3499-189003-3499-1890
Seabird is a lovely old cafe next to Aoyama Gakuin University, between Shibuya and Omotesando sta...
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東京都 港区 六本木 7-18-16 川久保ビル 1F・4F
03-3401-626203-3401-6262
Bar Spice is a classic little Soul music bar overlooking Roppongi-Dori, right across from the Rop...
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Chiyo Bldg, B1, 5-9-22 Dai 2, Roppongi
Electrik Jinja opened in April 2012 and quickly became the hippest  spot in Roppongi. It’s ...
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5-1-2 Akasaka Engel Bldg 2F, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Volontaire moved to its current location in Akasaka a few years ago after more than three decades...
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東京都千代田区有楽町2-3-6 マスヤビルB1F
Kiri is a wonderful little basement spot in between Hibiya, Ginza and Yurakucho stations. It̵...
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Shibuya-ku, Udagawacho 19-5
Koen-Dori Classics is a small performance space located underneath a church in the heart of Shibu...
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102 Dai-Ichi Mitomi Bldg 102, 1-30-6 Arai, Nakano-Ku
Rompercicci is a fairly new jazz cafe/bar just a short ten-minute walk from Nakano Station. It...
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Tokyo-to, Meguro-Ku, Yutenji 1-22-6
Ohio is great, an intimate, friendly bar with a huge collection of soul music. Owner Kin-chan has...
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3-11 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0041, Japan
Ad-Lib is an old club in Yoshida-cho, a block of dingy streets between Kannai and Noge in Yokoham...
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Shinjuku-Ku, 3-chome 8-5
Curtis is one of my favorite bars in Tokyo. As the name gives away, this is a soul music bar with...
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2 Chome-17 Kanda Tsukasamachi Chiyoda-ku
Jazz Bar Gugan is a small bar in the east side of Tokyo, near both the Ochanomizu and Jimbocho ...
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Daihachi-Toto Bld. B1 15-19 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuyaku Tokyo, Japan 150-0031
The Room is one of Tokyo’s best clubs, if not THE best for fans of funky/groovy music. It&#...
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New Gold Bldg, 2F, 3-6-10 Shinjuku-Ku
Houdenasu (ほうでなす) is a small 2nd floor bar located right in the heart of Shinjuku 3-Chome,...
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6-6-4, Sakae Bldg B1, Akasaka, Minato-ku
The B Flat in Akasaka is a great straight-ahead jazz club in an area without many other options f...
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416 Imai Minami-Cho, Nakahara-Ku, Kawasaki-Shi
Gi is a tiny dining bar located just about 10 minutes walk from Musashi Kosugi station in Kawasak...
Casa Rosa 2F Seijo 6-16-5, Setagaya-ku
I’ve known Yoshioka-san, owner and sole staff at Cafe Beulmans for several years now, since...
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Suginami
Tam’s Bar is a tiny basement bar that seats no more than ten people at a time. As the sign ...
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4-Chome 6-2 Koenji Minami
03-3312-768403-3312-7684
Maze is a very hip soul music bar located right in the middle of the Koenji Pal Arcade ‘s...
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Asagaya 3-37
Note: Closed in early 2015. I guess he couldn’t get many customers after all… Cafe El...
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1-35-21 Minami-Asagaya, Suginami-Ku
Misty is a small cafe located in the heart of Asagaya’s old style “shotengai” (...
Dai 2 Okumura Bldg, B1, 1-47-13 Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku
Montgomery Land opened up a couple of years ago just a short walk from Ikebukuro Station. It̵...
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1-19-11 B1F Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku
Jazz Tweeter was opened a couple of years ago by long-time hotel restaurant chef Ishizuka-san. He...
1−28−9, Shibuya, Yoyogi
Music Bar is part of the new development Yoyogi Village (read more about it here. It’s no...
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5-56-15 Nakano, Nakano-Ku
03-3389-798003-3389-7980
Jikan Ryokou (the sign is in Japanese 時間旅行, it means “Time Travel”) is simply won...
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2-12-5-2F Kita-Koenji, Suginami-Ku
03-03339-621103-03339-6211
Nadja is a great little cafe in Koenji that stands out for its tasty lunch menu, especially the M...
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1-6-12 Minami-Koenji, Suginami-Ku
Kissa Seikatsu (喫茶生活 “Cafe Lifestyle”) is a gem of a place a few mins walk from...
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Minami Bldg B1 Asagaya-Kita 2-13-5
03-3337-132503-3337-1325
Masuda-san sadly passed away in 2012. Stardust is an old bar, first opened in Asagaya in 1971 ...
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Ogawamachi 3-24, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku
03-3259-005503-3259-0055
Jazz Olympus was opened by the very friendly Komatsu-san in 2009. It’s a sleek cafe/bar t...
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Wako Bldg 1F 1-62-4 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-Ku
03-5283-711703-5283-7117
Closed 2015 Small Hours is a new cafe/bar located in the back streets between Ochanomizu, Jimbo...
2F 3-20-13 2F, Ogawamachi, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku
Grauers is a new cafe/bar opened August, 2011. Owner Furusho Shinjiro is a long time jazz journal...
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Hanasaki-cho 1-16-1, Naka-ku, Yokohama-Shi
Jazz House Five Star Records is a unique little place in the Noge neighborhood, next to Sakurag...
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Parkside Fuki B1, 3-22-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro
Jazz Live Bar Independence is another great joint located in the surprisingly hip neighborhood ...
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Nishi-shinjuku 1-4-20, Shinjuku-Ku
The Vagabond is a classic joint right next to the West Exit of Shinjuku station. I think the revi...
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Cygnus is the sister club to Aries in Ueno but a bit more upscale. Live shows three times a night...
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Watanabe Bldg B2 Ginza 8-6-19
The Ribbon is what most people would think of when hearing the words “Ginza Jazz”. It...
Palace Garden Milano Bldg, 1F, Ikebukuro 2-63-6
Kenny’s Bar is by far the hippest place in not-so-hip Ikebukuro. It’s a small, dark j...
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Tsuji Bldg B1, 3-14-12 Ueno, Taito-Ku
Every Swing is a small friendly club in the barren back streets east of Ueno Station. This is n...
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Makita Bldg B1, 2-4-8 Ueno, Taito-Ku
Aries is a very local jazz live-house in the back streets of Ueno. By “local” I mea...
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Higashi Shin Bldg , 4F, 3-21-7, Shinjuku, Shunjuku-Ku
Pearl Bar is a real sleek “grown up” jazz bar in the center of Shinjuku. Lots of cock...
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