Tokyo Nights

If you like jazz, meandering along little lanes, and dining with the locals, here’s some places we enjoyed after hours, in Tokyo.

Senjosi Temple, Asakusa

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I really like visiting Asakusa because it offers a glimpse of old Tokyo.  Yes, the temple is a big draw for many tourists, but the locals also gather for prayers.

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There always seems to be an air of festivity here.

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The stalls along the Nakamise selling souvenirs and traditional snacks, light up at dusk.  If you wander away from the temple, there are little streets with more to see…

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and taste.

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From Asakusa, ride the Ginza line towards Shibuya, get off at Omotesando, and take exit B2 towards Aoyama-dori.  Make a right at the small Muji store, and find, Maru.

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Simple, stylish interiors, casual-dining (kaiseki) at its very best.

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Delicious!

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Unfinished rice was re-packed as rice balls, and given to us in these lovely bags.

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Rakushokushu Maru, Aoyama KT Building, B1F, 5-50-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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Daitsune Udon, 7-15-17 Ginza, Daitsune Building, 1F

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On an almost forgotten back alley, off the main thoroughfares in Ginza, udon-restaurant Daitsune with communal tables, a rowdy after-work crowd, a pianist attempting jazz on an old piano, is a warm, happy haven on a cold night.  English is not spoken here, but there are menus printed in English, if you ask, politely- Sumimasen, eigo no menu arimasu ka?

The Cotton Club, Tokia 2F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku

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Lee Ritenour at the Blue Note was sold out.  We found Stanton Moore Jazz Trio at The Cotton Club instead.

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What an evening!

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The music and my date, proved most intoxicating…

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Cafe de L’Ambre, 8 Chrome- 10-15 Ginza, Chuo, (12:00-22:00hrs)

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Old-school kissaten.  A local institution, tucked away on yet another back street.

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With its wood interiors, the smell of coffee rising, and conversations in soft tones, time slows.

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