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Blue Note - Jazz club: Omotesando
[Open 5:30pm-1am daily.]
The venue of choice for top jazz and R&B acts from overseas.
Pit Inn - Jazz club: Shinjuku
[Open 2:30-5, 7:30-10:30pm daily.]
It may be smoky and cramped, but you can hear some of the most interesting local and international jazz in town here.

Jazz cafes

Big Boy - Jazz cafe: Jimbocho
[Open 1-5, 7-10:30pm. Closed Sun, Mon, 2nd, 4th Sat.]
With its bright yellow door and sunny, brasserie-like interior, Big Boy has an atmosphere that's the complete opposite of old-fashioned jazz kissas. The management plays jazz both new and old, and the sound system is optimized for piano music, so...
Eagle - Jazz cafe: Yotsuya
[Open 11:30am-midnight. Closed Sundays and holidays.]
Boasting a big collection of vinyl, an impressive sound system and humongous JBL speakers, Eagle has a certain old-school jazz-kissaten charm, as long as you don't mind the cigarette smoke. In the afternoons it's "quiet time," when you're...
Eigakan - Jazz cafe: Hakusan
[Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.]
This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond Chandler novel. The cafe's resident cat grooms...
Intro - Jazz cafe: Takadanobaba
[Open noon-midnight daily.]
An old-fashioned "jazz kissa" where you can nurse your drink and nod your head to the music for hours on end. They also host live sessions on weekends, and sometimes on weeknights as well.
Jazz Blues Soul Bar - Bar: Shibuya
[Open 2-11pm daily.]
The initials stand for Jazz Blues Soul, with an emphasis on jazz and coffee during the daytime. The huge, 11,000-disk vinyl collection here also includes an impressive selection of old-school hiphop from the seventies through the nineties. ...
Narcis - Jazz cafe: Shinjuku Kabukicho
[Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
The bustling Kabukicho neighborhood may seem like a strange place for a jazz cafe, but Narcis is a great spot for listening to quiet jazz, and their stylish interior design is reminiscent of old cafes in New York City's East Village. The tiny...
New Dug - Jazz cafe: Shinjuku
[Open noon-2am daily.]
This popular cafe-bar was featured as a setting in Haruki Murakami's novel "Norwegian Wood." In the afternoons customers enjoy quiet jazz along with a cup of their relatively bitter coffee (Y420), while at nighttime the place is packed with lively...
Samurai - Jazz cafe: Shinjuku
[Open 6pm-midnight (Sat. 3pm-mid). Open every day.]
Thousands of maneki neko (good-luck cat statues) fill the interior of this spacious cafe-bar, along with signed covers of jazz albums and underground theater posters. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good venue for a small party....

Jazz clubs

Aketa no Mise - Jazz club: Nishi-Ogikubo
[Open 7-11pm daily.]
Shows 7:30-11pm; admission is Y2500 with one drink.
Billboard Live - Jazz club: Roppongi
A live venue for international soul, r&b and jazz acts.
Body and Soul - Jazz club: Shibuya
[Open 6:30-11pm daily.]
This intimate jazz club has been an important part of Tokyo's jazz scene since 1974, moving to Shibuya from their previous Omotesando location in October 2021. There's a full calendar of live music with shows every night - mostly local artists, but...
Cotton Club - Jazz club: Marunouchi
Live soul, R&B and jazz are presented here almost every night.
JZ Brat - Jazz club: Shibuya
[Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
A popular venue for jazz and R&B acts from home and abroad.
Someday - Jazz club: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
[Open 6:45-11:45pm. Closed some Mondays.]
A smallish live club that features local talent.
Sometime - Jazz club: Kichijoji
[Open 7pm- daily.]
Jazz nightly from 7pm, from Y1500.