Miles

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Matsubara 1-37-14, Setagaya-Ku
Matsubara 1 Chome 37-14 Setagaya-ku Tōkyō-to JP
03-3321-943103-3321-9431

Miles is a treasure. It opened in 1960 and is one of the few remaining neighborhood jazz bars from that era, stubbornly and gloriously uninterested in the modern world. Cluttered, narrow and with a ton of records, it’s a time-warp to the Showa-Era of Japan. Motoyama-san the kind owner had been ill recently and the place was closed while she recuperated leading many to think it was gone for good, but she’s back now and has the joint open most nights from 6pm. The music is fantastic; all vinyl and with good sound; last visit she played Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk, Joe Wright and Clifford Brown.

Since Masako in Shimo-Kitazawa closed I believe this is the oldest  jazz cafe in Tokyo.  Words can’t do it justice so see photos here and video. Miles is heaven for fans of old school Tokyo jazz joints.

Size
10
Food
No
Directions

Station: Keio Line – Meidaimae Station

Exit: Main Exit

Distance from station: 4 minutes

Date published
04/18/2013 Updated June 2015
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