Melissa C. Koh

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After Hours In Tokyo


Tokyo is a city that comes to live at night. If you’re looking for things to enjoy when the sun comes down, here is a guide on activities that you can plan. Remember, the night is always young. 

What I really love about Tokyo as a metropolitan city, is her effortless ability to seamlessly blends tradition and and modernity. Fukutoku Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is located right smack in the heart of a busy business district, Nihonbashi area of Chuo ward Tokyo. The shrine has a long and distinguished history that is visited by many.  It is quite surreal that this shrine is surrounded by office buildings around the perimeter. It was popular among the locals to pray for a bumper harvest of grain but now it is best known for its spiritual power spot for winning lottery. 

A surprise awaits you on the underground of the shrine. Taking a flight of stairs down, you will enter SUIGIAN— nestled cosily beneath the shrine grounds. I was instantly transported back in time with unique dreamy cultural experience.

SUIGIAN elevates the typical dining experience with opportunities for patrons to indulge in Japanese art culture through traditional performances.

The intimate and sophisticated restaurant lounge surrounds a small stage, with beautiful intricate paintings of pine tree as the backdrop, where the traditional art performances (Kyogen – comedy acts originally performed for samurai, Nihonbuyo dancing and traditional music) will take place.

Patrons get to feast on sumptuous Edo period food served on delicate Japanese lacquer ware for a full authentic experience.

Do note that a reservation is needed prior and prices ranges from 6,500 yen to 12,000 yen per person depending on the seats that you choose.

Address: Japan, 〒103-0022 Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−5−10 B1F

Tokyo is most magical during this time of the year. While making our way to Cotton Club, we walked through streets and streets of brightly lit fairy lights! It was definitely a world of it’s own!

We stopped by the very iconic Tokyo Station that was ever so busy with commuters. I love how the city feels so alive at night.

If you have a pocket of time at night and want to wind down with some with some good classical jazz music, pop by Cotton Club Tokyo for a musical treat!

Cotton Club Tokyo features daily live performances from top artists globally. I witnessed a guitar performance by Ulf Wakenius and Martin Taylor. For a moment, I was teleported to a jazz club in New York City. Cotton Club Tokyo serves up fine dining experiences with an extensive list of drinks too. Dress sophisticatedly if you are heading over to this luxurious and elegant venue!

Address: Japan, 〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 2 Chome−7−3 東京ビルTOKIA

Located right in Otemachi, amidst the tall high-rise office towers and buildings and crowds of office workers, Aman stands mighty tall above the city centers. Take an ear popping lift journey up to level 33 and you will be greeted by the sight of a vast garden and bar lounge designed to resemble the inside of a traditional shoji paper lantern.

A look out the floor-to-ceiling windows provide an endless view of the Tokyo skyline, best accompanied with a drink on hand. Aman Tokyo’s expert mixologists concoct signature tipples from behind the Bar and their specialties include a martini collection infused with local ingredients and a Japanese mojito!

Address: The Otemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan

Sky Lounge Stellar Garden is a great place to unwind and admire the illuminated spectacular bird’s eye view of the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo skyline at large, while indulging in great food and drinks. This could have been the best view of Tokyo Tower ever. We got really up close and personal. The extensive drink menu offered a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It would be an ideal place to unwind and spend in conversation with friends.

Address:  4 Chome-8-1 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan

The Edoventure private champagne cruise was nothing short of amazing. It was a great opportunity to get to see Tokyo’s skyline up close and personal, while enjoying a glass of champagne with a speed of adrenaline. It was really cold when the wind blew in our faces but we’re thankful that they offered us blankets to keep warm so we could fully enjoy the experience.

Admiring the bright lights of Tokyo from the waters was altogether, a unique experience, with relaxing classical music on the side. Our guide was very kind to show us his beautiful city as we cruised along and shared that this trip would be very popular when the fireworks are showing. It was very convenient to embark and disembark from the city.

Address: 1 Chome-9 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan

It was an ideal spot to take in the charming city landscape below from Tokyo Skytree– the world’s tallest tower standing tall at 634 meters. Imagine a city of lights under your feet? That feeling is super surreal. The main observatory has the ‘look-down’ window, that is something you must not miss! Taking the lift back to the ground floor was amazing because we were able to see the ‘inside’ of the Tokyo Skytree itself. I would highly recommend the Tokyo Skytree for sunset/night views.

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

This article is supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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