Venue category: Jazz clubs and cafes

Jazz cafes

Big Boy - Jazz cafe: Jimbocho
[Open 11am-5, 7-11pm. Closed Sun, 1st, 3rd 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.
Kissa Ko - Jazz cafe: Jimbocho
[Open 7am-9pm; Sat. noon-9pm; Sun. noon-6pm. Open every day.]
Coffee lovers as well as jazz fans will have good reason to try this charming little cafe - they grind the beans for each cup after they get an order, and the three original-blend coffees here (Y600) are excellent. The cafe occupies an old...
Kissa Sakaiki - Jazz cafe: Yotsuya 3-chome
[Open 3-11:30pm daily.]
By day it's a laid-back jazz coffeeshop, but in the evening it turns into a mini-jazz club, with a small performance and stage area that seats around fifteen people. The musical direction tends toward the avant-garde and experimental end of the...
Mary Jane - Jazz cafe: Shibuya
[Open noon-11pm (Fri -midnight). Open every day.]
You'll hear all sorts of jazz here, with an emphasis on the lastest CDs from American and European musicians. Besides the great music you can also enjoy good food - they serve delicious soups and risotto at dinnertime, and five different pastas at...
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. There's a counter and several tables, making this a good venue for a small party. Service is friendly and the air isn't too smoky. The manager seems to...

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.
Blue Note - Jazz club: Omotesando
[Open 5:30pm-1am daily.]
The venue of choice for top jazz and R&B acts from overseas.
Body and Soul - Jazz club: Omotesando
[Open 7pm-12:30am. Closed Sundays.]
A small, intimate venue for live jazz.
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.
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.
STB 139 - Jazz club: Roppongi
[Open 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
Live jazz, soul and pop music, with the occasional big-name act.
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.
SuperDeluxe - Event space: Roppongi
[Open 8pm-2am daily.]
SuperDeluxe have established themselves as a center for experimental music, performance and art, with interesting events scheduled for nearly every night of the week. The monthly event called PechaKucha is especially worth checking out - it's a...
TUC - Jazz club: Kanda
[Open 7pm-.]
Jazz from 7pm, Y3000-4000, usually weekends only.
Tribeca - Jazz club: Shinagawa
[Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.]
A popular jazz bar with live music every night.