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!
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!