Break out your best moves here
Now that there’s no danger of police raiding clubs for the heinous crime of booty-shaking, it’s time to break out your best moves. Here’s where to hit the dancefloor in Tokyo:
Labelled the spiritual successor of sorely missed Tokyo clubs Yellow, Eleven and Air, Contact provides much-needed relief for the city’s more discerning friends of electronic tunes. The medium-sized space, in a basement on Shibuya’s Dogenzaka, consists of a dancefloor and bar area, and offers a stage to both international techno and house greats as well as local stars.
Having taken over the Shibuya space vacated by long-running underground haunt Amate-Raxi, which closed down in summer 2015 after eight years of operation, Circus has been a real buzz-generator on the Tokyo club scene since opening in October last year. Expect plenty of deep beats with the occasional techno set mixed in.
A medium-sized space in Daikanyama that hosts everything from Japanese indie-rock bands to international deck stars, Unit counts among the longer-running clubs in the city. Well worth checking out if you're a fan of minimal techno.
The Room is well hidden, so look for a red street light poking out from the basement. Owned by members of the Kyoto Jazz Massive project, it’s a small venue split in two: one half is a concrete-walled bar, the other a pitch-black dancefloor. The flavour is usually house, jazz, crossover or breakbeats.
Nakameguro’s lone nightclub is a pretty intimate affair, with space for 70 people on the dancefloor, plus a small lounge that can squeeze in a few dozen more. The crowd is usually young and hip, with plenty of local creatives calling Solfa their home away from home. Expect mainly house, hip hop and bass beats.