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
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.
There always seems to be an air of festivity here.
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…
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.
Simple, stylish interiors, casual-dining (kaiseki) at its very best.
Unfinished rice was re-packed as rice balls, and given to us in these lovely bags.
Rakushokushu Maru, Aoyama KT Building, B1F, 5-50-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Daitsune Udon, 7-15-17 Ginza, Daitsune Building, 1F
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
Lee Ritenour at the Blue Note was sold out. We found Stanton Moore Jazz Trio at The Cotton Club instead.
What an evening!
The music and my date, proved most intoxicating…
Cafe de L’Ambre, 8 Chrome- 10-15 Ginza, Chuo, (12:00-22:00hrs)
Old-school kissaten. A local institution, tucked away on yet another back street.
With its wood interiors, the smell of coffee rising, and conversations in soft tones, time slows.