Night owls can find anything to suit their tastes
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When the sun sets on Tokyo, the hard-working locals come out to play in waves, bathed in a shimmering neon blush, which fires the party-up mood like a match to gasoline.
From karaoke bars with private rooms/private service where you can wail away your favourite tunes until the wee hours, to live music venues that seriously rock your world, to sexy dance clubs where you can sear your soles as the body-numbing sound systems drive the beats into you like a train, Tokyo is one of the most happening places on the planet — hyperactive to the max.
If Western-like nightlife isn’t your cup of tea, try the Japanese-style watering holes called nomi-ya, or the Yakitori-ya, bars that serve yakitori (skewered chicken) and other snacks, washed down with plenty of warm sake.
Then there are the geisha bars, where beautiful, highly skilled women sing and play traditional Japanese instruments, and hostess bars where a friendly woman will join you at your table, engage in pleasant conversation while making you feel like a million yen — for about the same price.
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Although there are hot spots all over this megalopolis, Tokyo’s most renowned entertainment areas are found in Ginza, Shinjuku and Roppongi, where partiers pack the streets like sardines till the subways start running again at 5 a.m.
Tokyo really is a city that never sleeps.