Jazz Spots Directory

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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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B-113 Lions Mansion Nakano Dai-5 B-113, Arai 1-14-16, Nakano-Ku
I found this small-even-by-Tokyo-standards “piano bar” while lost in Nakano one nig...
1-7-3 Honcho, Kichijoji
Funky is the upstairs “Bar” part of the Bar & Kitchen Funky. It’s a sleek...
Kashiwagi Mura2 7-20-12, Nishi-Shinjuku
Swanky live club, heavy on the vocalists. Enjoyable but a bit soft for my tastes. It’s the ...
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1-17-4 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-Ku
03-3200-373003-3200-3730
Jazz Nutty opened in 2009 next to the campus of Waseda University. The wonderful Mr.& Mrs. ...
FS Bldg 4F, 3-20-6 Shinjuku
This is a quiet piano bar with live music nightly though more BGM style, not really a live club. ...
4 Chome−3−1, Higashinakano, Nakano
Neighborhood cafe/bar/small live club. This is the kind of place you really only find in Japan; i...
2 Chome−2−7, Asagayakita, Suginami
Tiny club in jazz rich Asagaya, Manhattan is always worth stopping by. All-night jam sessions thr...
B1, 3-23-5 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-Ku
Hot House is the world’s smallest jazz club! Maybe 8 or 10 customers max in this place. Mak...
Shin-Yuri Green Plaza B1, Hakusan 4-1-3 Aso-Ku, Kawasaki-Shi
Coming out the station go to Bus Stop #3, take the bus bound for Shin-Yuri Green Town. Get off at...
Ikebukuro Roudou Kijun Kyoukai Bldg B2, Ikebukuro 1-8-8
Jazz, Funk & Soul are on tap at Miles’ Cafe. The Ikebukuro area is not known for having...
Hotel Wing International Meguro B1, 1-3-14, Meguro
Blues Alley Japan. is a sophisticated club with great food and an eclectic live schedule. It...
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Suehiro-Cho 2-5, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi
Yoidore Hakushaku (よいどれ伯爵-the name translates as “The Drunken Earl or The Drunken C...
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Sumiyoshi-cho 6-7-6, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi
Kamome means “seagull” in Japanese; it’s an apt name for a venue in the port ...
B1 26-6, Utagawa-cho, Shibuya-Ku
Modern jazz specialty shop, more than 8000 records on sale from the 50s & 60s. Been open sinc...
2F 1-52-1 Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku
03-3294-362103-3294-3621
All used records (and a few CDs) here with vocals & swing jazz being the specialty. Lots of o...
2F, 2-13-4 Minami-Cho, Kichijoji, Musashino-Shi
0422-46-02250422-46-0225
Jazz, Funk, Blues, Soul..like they say here in Japan, all “Black Music” available. Al...
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Hakuraku 100, Yokohama-shi
045-421-1550045-421-1550
Sadly, 10×10 closed in 2014. A neighboring cafe owner told me that Takeyama-san closed the...
Annex Bldg. 4F, Ropoongi 4-11-5, Minato-Ku
Very supper-club type place, most nights featuring vocal-led bands. The food is good, the service...
Numabukuro 1-34-4 B1, Nakano-Ku
Organ Jazz Club: the name gives it away, doesn’t it? One of the few places in town with a r...
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2-24 Jimbocho Kanda, Chiyoda-Ku
Kissa Ko is one of the older cafes in town but had a facelift in 2012 so now has an all new decor...
Inoue Bldg (井上ビル) B1, 5-16-15, Ogikubo, Suginami-Ku
Rooster is a great little live-house that features jazz, blues, funk, New Orleans..basically all ...
Himawari Bldg. 2F, Dogenzaka 2-26-5, Shibuya-Ku
Very small place that is really just a bar with live music every night of the week. I’ve go...
Minami-Shinozaki-cho 3-2-12, 2F, Edogawa-Ku
03-3698-218603-3698-2186
European style cafe, heavy on female vocalists and piano jazz.
TN Koramu Bldg, 2-12-13, Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi
0422-28-50350422-28-5035
Good Italian food at this restaurant/bar/club. The schedule on the website shows the genre of eac...
1-36-12 Yoyogi Shibuya
Sister-branch of Naru in Ochanomizu
Fujimi Yoshida Bldg. B1, Fujimi 2-2-11, Chiyoda
Cafe Ragtime has live music every Thursday and Friday nights, usually piano and sax or vocalist d...
Royal Mansion B1, Shinjuku 5-1-1, Shinjuku-Ku
What an unreal treat Garo was to visit. It was first opened in 1967 by the very welcoming Mr. and...
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2-4, Dai Kyo Machi, Shinjuku-Ku
Kissa Sakaiki gives me hope that the spirit of the Japanese jazz-kissaten will survive. Owner F...
Maruha Bldg. B1, 1-1-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku
03-3204-202803-3204-2028
200 types of Bourbon, cool jazz playing on the system. That about sums it up. Small place, go alo...
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Toyo Bldg. B1, 2-20-19 Yoyogi, Shibuya-Ku
03-3370-180103-3370-1801
Haikara-Tei is another Shinjuku jazz bar that somehow never popped up on my jazz radar after all ...
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2-20-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya-Ku
NOTE: Masako closed in FEB 2010…I’m leaving it here anyways, so people will remember....
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CLOSED Fall 2013. Music fans know that Japan is a country filled with dedicated, serious, almost ...
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