Stardust - CLOSED 2012

Stardust inside.JPG
Stardust inside.JPG
Stardust outside.jpg
Minami Bldg B1 Asagaya-Kita 2-13-5
Nishishinjuku 2 Chome 8-1 Shinjuku-ku Tōkyō-to JP
03-3337-132503-3337-1325

Masuda-san sadly passed away in 2012.

Stardust is an old bar, first opened in Asagaya in 1971 by the very chatty Masuda Junko-san. It’s been at its current spot for about fifteen years and has a steady customer base of mostly locals. It’s a dark basement bar with beautiful photos of jazz greats all around the place (as well as randomly hung American flag). The kind of bar that would have been plentiful back in the 60s and 70s but now is becoming all too rare.

Masuda-san plays all genres of jazz and is happy to take requests. Just be ready to wait awhile for your drinks while she chats away happily to you in Japanese (whether you can speak it or not!) Lovely lady and a lovely bar.

Size
21-30
Directions

Station: JR Asagaya

Exit: North Exit

Distance from station: 3 minutes

No map! Take the north exit then go left alongside the elevated train tracks. At the end of the road, about 2 mins walk, turn right and go around the corner. Stardust is on the left.

Date published
11/14/2011
Ikebukuro Roudou Kijun Kyoukai Bldg B2, Ikebukuro 1-8-8 0 km
Jazz, Funk & Soul are on tap at Miles’ Cafe. The Ikebukuro area is not known for having...
Ribbon outside.jpg
Watanabe Bldg B2 Ginza 8-6-19 0 km
The Ribbon is what most people would think of when hearing the words “Ginza Jazz”. It...
Scratch inside.JPG
Marco Polo Bldg 2F, 1-8-14 Hon-Chi, Kichijoji 0 km
Scratch is a quiet cafe/bar that’s been in heart of Kichijoji since 1974. They open durin...
Small Hours Cafe & Bar outside.jpg
Wako Bldg 1F 1-62-4 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-Ku 0 km
03-5283-711703-5283-7117
Closed 2015 Small Hours is a new cafe/bar located in the back streets between Ochanomizu, Jimbo...
Jazz Spot Dolphy.JPG
2F Dai Ichi Nishimura Bldg. 2F, 2-17-4 Miyagawa-cho, Naka-Ku 0 km
Jazz Spot Dolphy opened in 1980 but moved to its current location in 1990 and has kept up a ste...
Cafe Ellington outside.jpg
Asagaya 3-37 0 km
Note: Closed in early 2015. I guess he couldn’t get many customers after all… Cafe El...
Tom inside.JPG
Inaba Bldg , 2F Asagaya-Minami 3-28-31 0 km
03-3220-127503-3220-1275
吐夢 (Pronounced “To-mu” or just “Tom”) is unique in a couple of ways. ...
Kashiwagi Mura2 7-20-12, Nishi-Shinjuku 0.63 km
Swanky live club, heavy on the vocalists. Enjoyable but a bit soft for my tastes. It’s the ...
matchgreen.jpg
Nishi-shinjuku 1-4-20, Shinjuku-Ku 0.75 km
The Vagabond is a classic joint right next to the West Exit of Shinjuku station. I think the revi...
Hals Jazz outside.jpg
Daikan Plaza B-306, 7-10-17 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 0.84 km
It’s all about vinyl at Hal’s Jazz. Owner Ikeda-san keeps a few racks of cds in the c...
Old+Cat_-2.jpg
3-26-2 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo 0.96 km
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...
Samurai inside.JPG
Mori Bldg. 5F, 3-35-5, Shinjuku-Ku 0.97 km
Samurai is located in the building that used to house the Shinjuku Pit-Inn before they moved to t...
Jazz Room Stick inside.jpg
3 Chome−22, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 0.98 km
Jazz Room Stick is a great old jazz joint in the heart of Shinjuku, located almost directly beh...
IMG_2862.JPG
B1, 3-35-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku 0.98 km
Jazz Pepe is as old school as it gets. Opened in 1969 by the now 77 year old Okuma-san, Pepe is a...
Pearl Bar outside.JPG
Higashi Shin Bldg , 4F, 3-21-7, Shinjuku, Shunjuku-Ku 1.04 km
Pearl Bar is a real sleek “grown up” jazz bar in the center of Shinjuku. Lots of cock...
1-36-12 Yoyogi Shibuya 1.04 km
Sister-branch of Naru in Ochanomizu
FS Bldg 4F, 3-20-6 Shinjuku 1.09 km
This is a quiet piano bar with live music nightly though more BGM style, not really a live club. ...
Narushisu inside.jpg
2F, 1 Chome−13−6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 1.13 km
I found this tiny gem of a jazz cafe amidst the chaos that is Kabukicho in Shinjuku. It is a smal...
photo(14).JPG
Ebisu Kaikan Bldg, 4F Kabukicho 1-10-5. Shinjuku, Tokyo 1.17 km
In 2013 Black Sun moved from it’s long time home in Nishi-Shinjuku to the heart of Kabukich...
Kissa Sakaiki inside.JPG
2-4, Dai Kyo Machi, Shinjuku-Ku 1.17 km
Kissa Sakaiki gives me hope that the spirit of the Japanese jazz-kissaten will survive. Owner F...
Royal Mansion B1, Shinjuku 5-1-1, Shinjuku-Ku 1.17 km
Old basement club, lots of vocalists on the schedule. Mellow vibe and not too expensive.
1−28−9, Shibuya, Yoyogi 1.21 km
Music Bar is part of the new development Yoyogi Village (read more about it here. It’s no...
Shiramuren.jpg
1 Chome−1−10, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 1.25 km
How can I describe this place? It’s small, dark and old; owner Otsuka-san was surly and u...
Maruha Bldg. B1, 1-1-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 1.27 km
03-3204-202803-3204-2028
200 types of Bourbon, cool jazz playing on the system. That about sums it up. Small place, go alo...
Haikara-Tei inside.jpg
Toyo Bldg. B1, 2-20-19 Yoyogi, Shibuya-Ku 1.29 km
03-3370-180103-3370-1801
Haikara-Tei is another Shinjuku jazz bar that somehow never popped up on my jazz radar after all ...
curtisinside.jpg
Shinjuku-Ku, 3-chome 8-5 1.35 km
Curtis is one of my favorite bars in Tokyo. As the name gives away, this is a soul music bar with...
Jazz Tweeter outside.JPG
1-19-11 B1F Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku 1.37 km
Jazz Tweeter was opened a couple of years ago by long-time hotel restaurant chef Ishizuka-san. He...
index.jpg
Shinjuku 2-12-4, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, 160-0022 1.42 km
The Pit Inn remains near, or at the top, of any list of live jazz venues in the Tokyo area. 2015 ...
Genius.jpg
スズノビル1F, 3 Chome-2-10 Honchō, Nakano-ku 1.48 km
03-3372-347103-3372-3471
Genius was one of Shibuya’s more famous jazz cafes for more than 20 years before increasing...
Chome 34-8, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1.69 km
Someday moved from Shinbashi to Shinjuku last fall. I haven’t been to the new location yet,...
4 Chome−3−1, Higashinakano, Nakano 1.99 km
Neighborhood cafe/bar/small live club. This is the kind of place you really only find in Japan; i...
Houdenasu.JPG
New Gold Bldg, 2F, 3-6-10 Shinjuku-Ku 2.23 km
Houdenasu (ほうでなす) is a small 2nd floor bar located right in the heart of Shinjuku 3-Chome,...
Milestone inside.JPG
Igari Bldg., 1-23-9 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku 2.7 km
Milestone sadly closed its doors at the end of July, 2019 after 45 years in business. As the nam...
B1, 3-23-5 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku 2.7 km
Hot House is the world’s smallest jazz club! Maybe 8 or 10 customers max in this place. Mak...
New Dug.jpg
Dug
3-15-12 Shinjuku 2.81 km
The ‘New Dug’ in Shinjuku is a cafe/bar with a complex back story. It was the annex...
Mary Jane outside.jpg
Fuji Shoji Bldg. 2F, Sakuragaoka 2-3, Shibuya-Ku 2.89 km
Many years back I found  Mary Jane by accident, as I had been  looking for the wonderfully named ...
Himawari Bldg. 2F, Dogenzaka 2-26-5, Shibuya-Ku 2.89 km
Very small place that is really just a bar with live music every night of the week. I’ve go...
Intro outside.jpg
2-14-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku 2.92 km
Jazz SPOT Intro in Takadanobaba is a tiny basement bar about 2 minutes walk from the station. I...
Swing-6.jpg
16-4 Kamiyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 2.92 km
Despite its old-world cafe atmosphere, Swing only opened in 2014 and is one of the newer jazz spo...
Sasaki Bldg, B1, 2-8-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku 2.94 km
Gate One is a small bar run by the husband and wife guitar-vocal duo Hashimoto-san and Kajiwara-s...
Jingumae, 3 Chome−5−2 2.95 km
Gekko Sabou (月光茶房 “moon-light-tea-chamber”, a wonderful name) is not a jazz cafe/...
bar bossa.jpg
41-23 Udagawa-Cho, Shibuya-Ku 150-0044 3.02 km
Bar Bossa in Shibuya is a quiet gem of a place, perfect for bossa nova fans and/or couples lookin...
Jikan Ryokou outside.jpg
5-56-15 Nakano, Nakano-Ku 3.11 km
03-3389-798003-3389-7980
Jikan Ryokou (the sign is in Japanese 時間旅行, it means “Time Travel”) is simply won...
koendori.png
Shibuya-ku, Udagawacho 19-5 3.17 km
Koen-Dori Classics is a small performance space located underneath a church in the heart of Shibu...
Nakano Pignose  inside.jpg
B-113 Lions Mansion Nakano Dai-5 B-113, Arai 1-14-16, Nakano-Ku 3.21 km
I found this small-even-by-Tokyo-standards “piano bar” while lost in Nakano one nig...
Pres Jazz Bar.jpg
Utagawacho 30-4, Shibuya-Ku 3.24 km
03-3463-284803-3463-2848
Pres Jazz Bar is located up near the end of “Center Gai” street in Shibuya, not the...
B1 26-6, Utagawa-cho, Shibuya-Ku 3.29 km
Modern jazz specialty shop, more than 8000 records on sale from the 50s & 60s. Been open sinc...
1-8 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-Ku 3.34 km
Eagle is really the prototypical jazz cafe. It opened in 1967 in Yotsuya, right down the street...
b.JPG
102 Dai-Ichi Mitomi Bldg 102, 1-30-6 Arai, Nakano-Ku 3.36 km
Rompercicci is a fairly new jazz cafe/bar just a short ten-minute walk from Nakano Station. It...
Jazz Nutty inside.JPG
1-17-4 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-Ku 3.42 km
03-3200-373003-3200-3730
Jazz Nutty opened in 2009 next to the campus of Waseda University. The wonderful Mr.& Mrs. ...
Jazz Pub Michaux inside.jpg
3-11-12 2F, Shinjuku 3.53 km
CLOSED Fall 2013. Music fans know that Japan is a country filled with dedicated, serious, almost ...
JBS (Jazz,Blues,Soul).jpg
1-17-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-Ku 3.64 km
There’s a beautiful simplicity about JBS (Jazz,Blues,Soul). Owner Kobayashi-san has more th...
Seabird inside.JPG
〒150-0002 東京都渋谷区渋谷2丁目3−4 3.66 km
03-3499-189003-3499-1890
Seabird is a lovely old cafe next to Aoyama Gakuin University, between Shibuya and Omotesando sta...
IMG_5335.jpeg
東京都渋谷区桜丘町 17-10 3.79 km
Music Bar 45 is a small 2nd floor joint located just a few minutes walk from the south exit of Sh...
wahwah.jpg
Daihachi-Toto Bld. B1 15-19 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuyaku Tokyo, Japan 150-0031 3.84 km
The Room is one of Tokyo’s best clubs, if not THE best for fans of funky/groovy music. It&#...
Masako inside.jpg
2-20-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya-Ku 3.88 km
NOTE: Masako closed in FEB 2010…I’m leaving it here anyways, so people will remember....
IMG_1046.JPG
155-0032 東京都世田谷区代沢5-31-14 4.06 km
Lady Jane has a very cinematic feel to it, the kind of joint that a lot of people outside Japan w...
Numabukuro 1-34-4 B1, Nakano-Ku 4.19 km
Organ Jazz Club: the name gives it away, doesn’t it? One of the few places in town with a r...
IMG_6009.JPG
3-1-12 Koenji-Kita, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo 4.28 km
S.U.B. Store (Small Unique Bookstore) is a very hip new hybrid cafe/bar/gallery/bookstore/records...
B-Flat.jpg
6-6-4, Sakae Bldg B1, Akasaka, Minato-ku 4.29 km
The B Flat in Akasaka is a great straight-ahead jazz club in an area without many other options f...
IMG_0284(1).JPG
Azeria Bldg 1F, 1-3-6 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 4.32 km
Vanilla Mood is a cool little jazz bar/club just across from Roppongi Hills. It has been open for...
IMG_1033.JPG
Matsubara 1-37-14, Setagaya-Ku 4.32 km
03-3321-943103-3321-9431
Miles is a treasure. It opened in 1960 and is one of the few remaining neighborhood jazz bars fro...
IMG_2704.JPG
5-6-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-Ku 4.34 km
Jazz Haus Posy was opened in 1973 by jazz fanatic Misa. She’s a serious enough fan to hav...
ct_image.jpg
5-1-2 Akasaka Engel Bldg 2F, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 4.39 km
Volontaire moved to its current location in Akasaka a few years ago after more than three decades...
IMG_0291.JPG
Chiyo Bldg, B1, 5-9-22 Dai 2, Roppongi 4.42 km
Electrik Jinja opened in April 2012 and quickly became the hippest  spot in Roppongi. It’s ...
Hama Roppongi Bldg. 5F, 6-2-35 Roppongi, Minato-Ku 4.42 km
Always top quality live jazz at Alfie, mostly local acts. Really nice interior but be ready to p...
3-7-15 Akasaka, Minato-Ku 4.45 km
Hashi no Shita (橋 の下 means “Under The Bridge” in Japanese) is a place I found in...
IMG_0276.JPG
東京都 港区 六本木 7-18-16 川久保ビル 1F・4F 4.54 km
03-3401-626203-3401-6262
Bar Spice is a classic little Soul music bar overlooking Roppongi-Dori, right across from the Rop...
Corner Pocket inside.jpg
1-14 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku 4.77 km
03-3267-842303-3267-8423
I was walking through the back alleys of Kagurazaka, the “little Kyoto” area of Tokyo...
IMG_1204.JPG
Owl
Toshima-Ku, Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-28-1 Takuto T.O. Bldg 2F 4.97 km
The Owl cafe in Ikebukuro was a great mystery to me as the first three times I went by it was clo...
IMG_0866.JPG
Toshima-Ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro, 1-15-6, Toshima Kaikan B2F 5.01 km
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...
Annex Bldg. 4F, Ropoongi 4-11-5, Minato-Ku 5.07 km
Very supper-club type place, most nights featuring vocal-led bands. The food is good, the service...
kissaseikatsu.jpg
1-6-12 Minami-Koenji, Suginami-Ku 5.12 km
Kissa Seikatsu (喫茶生活 “Cafe Lifestyle”) is a gem of a place a few mins walk from...
Tams Bar outside.JPG
Suginami 5.12 km
Tam’s Bar is a tiny basement bar that seats no more than ten people at a time. As the sign ...
Inoue Bldg (井上ビル) B1, 5-16-15, Ogikubo, Suginami-Ku 5.12 km
Rooster is a great little live-house that features jazz, blues, funk, New Orleans..basically all ...
Misty outside.JPG
1-35-21 Minami-Asagaya, Suginami-Ku 5.12 km
Misty is a small cafe located in the heart of Asagaya’s old style “shotengai” (...
Nadja inside.JPG
2-12-5-2F Kita-Koenji, Suginami-Ku 5.12 km
03-03339-621103-03339-6211
Nadja is a great little cafe in Koenji that stands out for its tasty lunch menu, especially the M...
Palace Garden Milano Bldg, 1F, Ikebukuro 2-63-6 5.35 km
Kenny’s Bar is by far the hippest place in not-so-hip Ikebukuro. It’s a small, dark j...
Fat Mama.jpg
5-16-17, Meguro Honcho, Meguro-Ku 5.37 km
Fat Mama is named after the great Herbie Hancock track from his album “Fat Albert Rotunda&#...
Hotel Wing International Meguro B1, 1-3-14, Meguro 5.37 km
Blues Alley Japan. is a sophisticated club with great food and an eclectic live schedule. It...
2 Chome−2−7, Asagayakita, Suginami 5.43 km
Tiny club in jazz rich Asagaya, Manhattan is always worth stopping by. All-night jam sessions thr...
Jazz Live Bar Independence inside.JPG
Parkside Fuki B1, 3-22-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro 5.56 km
Jazz Live Bar Independence is another great joint located in the surprisingly hip neighborhood ...
Dai 2 Okumura Bldg, B1, 1-47-13 Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku 5.56 km
Montgomery Land opened up a couple of years ago just a short walk from Ikebukuro Station. It̵...
Paper Moon inside.JPG
Umimoto Bldg (梅本) , 4F, 3-29-2 Nishi-Ikebukuro 5.56 km
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...
photo(33).JPG
2-24 Jimbocho Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku 5.61 km
Kissa Ko is one of the older cafes in town but had a facelift in 2012 so now has an all new decor...
Big Boy inside.JPG
1-11 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda 5.61 km
Big Boy is a tiny cafe/bar on a side street off the main road through Jinbocho, the old book shop...
2F 1-52-1 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku 5.61 km
03-3294-362103-3294-3621
All used records (and a few CDs) here with vocals & swing jazz being the specialty. Lots of o...
Fujimi Yoshida Bldg. B1, Fujimi 2-2-11, Chiyoda 5.61 km
Cafe Ragtime has live music every Thursday and Friday nights, usually piano and sax or vocalist d...
IMG_0020.JPG
Tokyo-to, Meguro-Ku, Yutenji 1-22-6 5.69 km
Ohio is great, an intimate, friendly bar with a huge collection of soul music. Owner Kin-chan has...
IMG_2694.JPG
Minami Karasuyama 5-17-13 3F, Setagaya-Ku 5.9 km
Ragtime is the ideal jazz cafe in many ways. It’s a small place up on the 3rd floor of a ru...
Casa Rosa 2F Seijo 6-16-5, Setagaya-ku 5.9 km
I’ve known Yoshioka-san, owner and sole staff at Cafe Beulmans for several years now, since...
adiron05.jpg
Japan, 〒101-0051 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Jinbōchō, 1 Chome−2−9 ウェルスビル 6.21 km
The Adirondack Cafe is a unique jazz cafe and bar just off the main road through the Jinbocho are...
Jazz Olympus inside.jpg
Ogawamachi 3-24, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku 6.37 km
03-3259-005503-3259-0055
Jazz Olympus was opened by the very friendly Komatsu-san in 2009. It’s a sleek cafe/bar t...
6-13-9 Minami Aoyama, Minato-Ku 6.44 km
Body & Soul is a large club with really good food, though the music can be a bit mainstream f...
2 Chome−1−10, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku 6.46 km
Naru is a small, dinner-club place with serious jazz every night. Owned by sax-player Ishizaki Sh...
IMG_0832.JPG
Bunkyo-Ku, Hakusan 5-33-19 6.56 km
The Eigakan (映画館 “Movie Theater) is a jazz cafe for both jazz lovers and cinephiles. Own...
2F 3-20-13 2F, Ogawamachi, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku 6.56 km
Grauers is a new cafe/bar opened August, 2011. Owner Furusho Shinjiro is a long time jazz journal...
IMG_0114.JPG
東京都千代田区有楽町2-3-6 マスヤビルB1F 6.58 km
Kiri is a wonderful little basement spot in between Hibiya, Ginza and Yurakucho stations. It̵...
Jazz Bar Gugan outside.JPG
2 Chome-17 Kanda Tsukasamachi Chiyoda-ku 6.79 km
Jazz Bar Gugan is a small bar in the east side of Tokyo, near both the Ochanomizu and Jimbocho ...
Root Down outside.jpg
2-8-12 Kajicho, Chiyoda-Ku 7.31 km
Root Down moved down the street just 30 meters from it’s original spot, it’s now Tō...
Showing 1 - 100 of 138 results