Updated: August 29, 2019
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Nightlife in Akihabara: 5 spots you'll definitely want to go to!

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This guide includes a little bit of everything for everyone so you're bound to find a fun night-time activity in Akihabara that matches your interests.

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MOGRA Akihabara

Mogra is Akihabara's most popular club where you can dance and have a blast until the wee hours of the night.

What makes it special is that the music played are mostly 'anisongs', or anime songs when not abbreviated. The joyful, fast beat music of anisongs lends itself perfectly to creating a fun high-intensity club atmosphere. And even though the music genre might not be everyone's cup of tea, you might want to check this club out at least once just for the experience because this is definitely a kind of place that can only exist in Akihabara!

Drinks are from ¥500 and on nights with events, there is a cover charge of about ¥2,500 (one drink included).

Akiba no Sakaba

Akiba no Sakaba is the coolest place to have a truly Japanese cultural experience. Firstly, this is a standing bar, which is in itself very Japanese. This place is very popular and gets crowded which means it's easy to strike up a conversation with people around you.

Secondly, this place specializes in Japanese alcohols and the items vary by the season. Every week the owner, Shigeyuki san, posts the new alcohols he has purchased on his website (see below). So you get to taste great Japanese sake from a true connoisseur, and the prices are cheap because this is a standing bar.

Thirdly, there is good food too! Try the sashimi, the traditional winter stew called oden, or the kushikatsu (deep-fried skewered foods dipped in a savoury sauce). The fish comes straight from the Tsukiji fish market and the small dishes are all around ¥300.

Lastly, the place has a really nice authentic vibe. You'll feel like you're in a bar of the Showa Era. This is a must-try!

Enzo

You might want to start your evening in Akihabara with a good yakiniku meal! The area is not exactly known as a gourmet spot but this resto is a standout for excellent quality at a fairly reasonable price. They have courses for around ¥3,000 to ¥4,000 that includes a variety of meat cuts. You can even order some fine quality wagyu beef if that's what you're looking for.

Also, the warm atmosphere is perfect with some traditional horigotatsu tables (you sit on the ground at a low table under which there's a hole for your legs).

The restaurant closes at 11 PM, and at 10 PM on Sunday.

Kanda Myojin Shrine

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This might seem like an odd suggestion but trust me it's well worth visiting the Kanda Myoji Shrine at night! During the day popular shrine and temple grounds in Tokyo tend to be overcrowded with tourists, but at night it's a completely different story. The atmosphere is quiet and soothing, and speaking particularly about the Kanda Myojin Shrine located at about a 9-minute walk from Akihabara station, it's even more beautiful at night because of its light up.

Kanda Myoji Shrine address: 2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
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Karaoke Pasela (Showa Dori loaction)

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Karaoke is always a good option for late-night entertainment!

There are a couple of Karaokes in the area but I'd recommend Pasela's Showa Dori location because they have some super cool themed rooms only available at this particular Akihabara location. The picture above is based on the Evangelion anime and they also have a Final Fantasy-themed room! Be aware that these two are reserved for parties of about 10 people. If you're going in a smaller group of about 4, you can have for instance the sento room which is decorated to resemble a Japanese public bath or the Showa retro room.

Another reason to go there is their food menu that is full of tasty comfort foods that are easy to share and their drink selection that includes some colourful anime/manga/video game-themed ones on special occasions. Lastly, don't leave without trying their signature huge honey toast topped with ice cream and a variety of other ingredients!

Karaoke Pasela is open until morning so you can stay there all night if you missed your last train.

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