Gate One

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Sasaki Bldg, B1, 2-8-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku
Takadanobaba 2 Chome 8-3 Shinjuku-ku Tōkyō-to JP

Gate One is a small bar run by the husband and wife guitar-vocal duo Hashimoto-san and Kajiwara-san. They have live music at least three nights a week here with a ¥2000 cover-charge, very reasonable. Hashimoto-san sadly passed away in July 2021, but the bar remains open with a regular schedule of live sets.

The vocal+instrument live show is very common in Japan, often because of the limited space in the bars where having a full quintet can sometimes be difficult. These kinds of spots may a bit soft for some jazz fans, but they offer the most authentic ‘local’ feel of what many customers in Japan experience on their way home. The Gate One is warm and friendly and well worth a visit if you’re in Takadanobaba. Be sure to stop upstairs in Bar Stereo for a drink on your way out.

Size
11-20
Directions

Station: Takadanobaba -JR Yamanote, Seibu Shinjuku,Tozai Subway Lines

Exit: Waseda Exit

Distance from station: 5 minutes

Date published
02/16/2009 UPDATED June 2021
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