In today’s Japan Travel Q&A we answer a question about nightlife in Tokyo and Kyoto from Lucy in Epsom, England:

“Kyoto or Tokyo: which is better on a Saturday night?”

Don’t feel like watching a video? Read below for today’s answer!

Lucy, this is a great question!

The truth is that both cities have nightlife – so either would be fun on a Saturday night – but ultimately there’s no comparison: Tokyo is the hands-down winner.

While both Tokyo and Kyoto are large cities, Tokyo is significantly larger.

And when it comes to going out on a Saturday night, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world, let alone Japan!

See our Guide to Tokyo Nightlife!

Nighttime views of the Tokyo skyline, including Tokyo Tower
Tokyo is home to a thriving nightlife culture and is one of the best places in the world to spend a night out

Tokyo is truly a city that never sleeps.

There are dozens of neighborhoods in Tokyo with great restaurants, izakayas (Japanese-style gastropubs) and bars – not to mention music venues large and small, as well as world-class clubs with visiting DJs from around the world.

Kyoto, on the other hand, generally goes to bed a little bit earlier.

There are some pockets of nightlife, but if you’re seeking exciting nightlife in the Kansai area of Japan, you’d be best off spending a Saturday night in nearby Osaka, located about 35 miles south of Kyoto.

This is not to say that Kyoto is not a lot of fun on a Saturday night – but its nightlife definitely pales in comparison to that of larger cities like Tokyo and Osaka!

Which Japanese city has better nightlife: Tokyo or Kyoto? In today's video, we tell you which city is best for a Saturday night out - and why!
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About Andres Zuleta

Andres is the founder of Boutique Japan. Unlike a lot of travel companies, we don’t work from a cubicle!

In 2005, I first moved from New York City to Tokyo to study Japanese, and living in Tokyo changed my life, leading me to want to dedicate my life to helping others really experience Japan, the way I have been able to do so!