Eigakan

IMG_0832.JPG
IMG_0832.JPG
IMG_0836.JPG
Bunkyo-Ku, Hakusan 5-33-19
Hakusan 5 Chome 33-19 Bunkyō-ku Tōkyō-to JP

The Eigakan (映画館 “Movie Theater) is a jazz cafe for both jazz lovers and cinephiles. Owner Yoshida-san has worked in the film world for several decades and made several documentaries. He has filled the Eigakan with vintage European film posters from the 60s and hundreds of old film journals and magazines. (Be sure to ask him to show you the three-volume photo book by Takase Susumu, the pics of old movie palaces around Japan in the 50s & 60s were amazing.)

Yoshida-san opened the place “sometime in the late 70s” (he couldn’t remember the exact date) and said the name comes from when he and some film friends first found the space for a showing of Imamura Shohei’s film “Pigs and Battleships”. It slowly transformed into a jazz cafe and now has only the rare film showing.. I’m tempted to ask him to pull down some of the dusty 16mm film cans he has on the shelves to get some film events started again..

Yoshida-san is a huge Thelonious Monk and Eric Dolphy fan and also features a lot of rare Eastern European jazz records in the cafe. He’s very chatty when the place is not busy and will be happy to talk jazz, films and art with you. On my last visit he pulled out a map of the neighborhood to show me two more jazz spots I had not heard of..guys with the warm heart of Yoshida-san really do make the world a better place. Viva Eigakan. Photos of Eigakan over at Tokyo Jazz Joints.

Open from 1600 most days.

Size
11-20
Food
Yes
Directions

Station: Hakusan – Mita Line Subway

Exit: A3

Distance from station: 1 minutes

Come out exit A3 at Hakusan subway station and turn around, you’ll see the white sign for the Eigakan right across the narrow street.

Date published
06/01/2009 Updated March 2016
Nadja inside.JPG
2-12-5-2F Kita-Koenji, Suginami-Ku 10.76 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...
kissaseikatsu.jpg
1-6-12 Minami-Koenji, Suginami-Ku 10.76 km
Kissa Seikatsu (喫茶生活 “Cafe Lifestyle”) is a gem of a place a few mins walk from...
Inoue Bldg (井上ビル) B1, 5-16-15, Ogikubo, Suginami-Ku 10.76 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 10.76 km
Misty is a small cafe located in the heart of Asagaya’s old style “shotengai” (...
Tams Bar outside.JPG
Suginami 10.76 km
Tam’s Bar is a tiny basement bar that seats no more than ten people at a time. As the sign ...
IMG_0020.JPG
Tokyo-to, Meguro-Ku, Yutenji 1-22-6 10.79 km
Ohio is great, an intimate, friendly bar with a huge collection of soul music. Owner Kin-chan has...
2 Chome−2−7, Asagayakita, Suginami 10.79 km
Tiny club in jazz rich Asagaya, Manhattan is always worth stopping by. All-night jam sessions thr...
IMG_1033.JPG
Matsubara 1-37-14, Setagaya-Ku 10.88 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_2694.JPG
Minami Karasuyama 5-17-13 3F, Setagaya-Ku 12.27 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 12.27 km
I’ve known Yoshioka-san, owner and sole staff at Cafe Beulmans for several years now, since...
IMG_2402.JPG
Higashi-Ooimachi 5-6-10 1F. Shinagawa-Ku 12.7 km
Jazz Bar Impro is small, even by the incredibly small standards of most Japanese jazz joints. It&...
Maze Soul Extension outside.jpg
4-Chome 6-2 Koenji Minami 13.27 km
03-3312-768403-3312-7684
Maze is a very hip soul music bar located right in the middle of the Koenji Pal Arcade ‘s...
IMG_0767.JPG
東京都杉並区西荻南2-25-4 13.99 km
Opened in 2010, Juha is a small but lively coffee shop about 5 minutes walk from Nishi-Ogikubo St...
Meg inside.jpg
Meg
Kichijoji Honcho 1-31-3, Musashino-shi 15.48 km
Meg is a small cafe/club in Kichijoji, western Tokyo that is a vibrant part of the local scene...
unnamed.jpg
Tokyo, Mitaka, Inokashira, 3 Chome−32−16 15.65 km
090-9332-9070090-9332-9070
トムネコゴ (Tomunekogo) is a small, cozy and rustic cafe alongside the entrance to Inokashira-Koe...
2F, 2-13-4 Minami-Cho, Kichijoji, Musashino-Shi 15.66 km
0422-46-02250422-46-0225
Jazz, Funk, Blues, Soul..like they say here in Japan, all “Black Music” available. Al...
Sometime.jpg
Musashino, Kichijoji Honcho, 1−11−31 15.66 km
SOMETIME Kichijoji (they use all caps..) opened in 1975 and still packs people in every night o...
1-7-3 Honcho, Kichijoji 15.86 km
Funky is the upstairs “Bar” part of the Bar & Kitchen Funky. It’s a sleek...
TN Koramu Bldg, 2-12-13, Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi 16.09 km
0422-28-50350422-28-5035
Good Italian food at this restaurant/bar/club. The schedule on the website shows the genre of eac...
Pithecanthropus Erectus.JPG
3F, 7-61-8 Nishi-Kamata, Ota-Ku 18 km
This is as old school a jazz bar as you will find in the Tokyo metro area. 直立猿人 (Chokuritsu E...
IMG_5744.JPG
1 Chome-6-21 Higashiikuta, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 214-0031, Japan 20.75 km
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...
Gi inside.JPG
Gi
416 Imai Minami-Cho, Nakahara-Ku, Kawasaki-Shi 21.71 km
Gi is a tiny dining bar located just about 10 minutes walk from Musashi Kosugi station in Kawasak...
Shin-Yuri Green Plaza B1, Hakusan 4-1-3 Aso-Ku, Kawasaki-Shi 21.71 km
Coming out the station go to Bus Stop #3, take the bus bound for Shin-Yuri Green Town. Get off at...
IMG_1849.JPG
〒210 - 0006 川崎市川崎区砂子 2-11-21 深沢ビル3F 21.86 km
Sugar Shack Soul Brothers Bar in Kawasaki is the real deal, a place where soul music fans can sit...
Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 15.46.05.png
1124-1 Masuo, Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture 24.58 km
Nefertiti lives up to its very lofty name as it’s one of the finest jazz spots in the entir...
Hakuraku 10x10 inside.jpg
Hakuraku 100, Yokohama-shi 28.22 km
045-421-1550045-421-1550
Sadly, 10×10 closed in 2014. A neighboring cafe owner told me that Takeyama-san closed the...
bitchesbrew-shop-logo.jpg
3-152-1 Nishi-Kanagawa, Kanagawa-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 28.44 km
Bitches Brew is yet another only-in-Japan kind of place. It’s a tiny sqaure room on the sec...
Kamome outside.jpg
Sumiyoshi-cho 6-7-6, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 32.25 km
Kamome means “seagull” in Japanese; it’s an apt name for a venue in the port ...
Downbeat outside.jpg
Miyamoto Bldg, 2F 1-43 Hanasakicho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 32.27 km
Downbeat in Yokohama is one of the classic jazz spots in the entire Kanto (Tokyo Metropolitan) ...
Chigusa+2-5.jpg
2-94 Noge-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama,Kanagawa 231-0064 32.34 km
Chigusa is the the gold standard of jazz cafes in Japan. It was first opened in 1933 in the rough...
Jazz House Five Stars Records inside.jpg
Hanasaki-cho 1-16-1, Naka-ku, Yokohama-Shi 32.37 km
Jazz House Five Star Records is a unique little place in the Noge neighborhood, next to Sakurag...
IMG_0934.JPG
Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Yamashita-cho 276, Hamada-Bldg 1F 32.54 km
MARCH 2020: Minton House is closing its doors this month, possibly relocating in Yokohama though ...
photo(15).JPG
3-11 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0041, Japan 32.55 km
Ad-Lib is an old club in Yoshida-cho, a block of dingy streets between Kannai and Noge in Yokoham...
IMG_5521.jpeg
Japan, 〒231-0023 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Yamashitachō, 巴里堂ビル 32.57 km
Marshmallow is a lovely new(ish) cafe located right in the heart of Chinatown, in Yokohama. It wa...
little02.jpg
3-9 Yoshida-cho, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 32.63 km
Little John is a well known jazz bar/tiny club in the Yokohama scene, yet its erratic opening hou...
Yoidore Hakushaku inside.jpg
Suehiro-Cho 2-5, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi 32.75 km
Yoidore Hakushaku (よいどれ伯爵-the name translates as “The Drunken Earl or The Drunken C...
IMG_3977.JPG
231-0033 横浜市中区長者町 9-140 32.88 km
First is an old-school Yokohama jazz bar with a vibe and sound all its own. It’s more spaci...
IMG_1063.JPG
3-10-12 Inage-Higashi, Inage-Ku, Chiba-Ken 33.44 km
Jazz Spot Candy is a gem, one of the finest jazz joints in the entire Tokyo metro area. It opened...
Herbie-6.jpg
B1F Fuji Bldg B1, Hara-Machida 6-17-1, Machida-Shi 33.9 km
Herbie is the kind of jazz bar you stumble upon randomly on the way home some night and end up st...
Noise.jpg
JORNA 4F, Hara Machida 6-6-14, Machida-Shi, Tokyo 34.07 km
Noise is one of the more unique jazz cafes still around. It opened in 1980 as the sister shop to ...
Showing 101 - 140 of 140 results