There’s a station called Koenji, about a 20-minute ride on the Chuo Line from Tokyo Station. You might know it as a town of antique shops and art, but if you’re up for a fun-filled adventure, I definitely recommend visiting at night. Countless unique eateries and bars line the streets, creating a lively chaos.
In photos, it might seem like the safety is questionable, but everyone is cheerful and friendly, and it’s perfectly safe even for a group of women. They’ll welcome foreign travelers with smiles.
I used to live in Koenji during my childhood, so I love the vibrant atmosphere and sense of community in this town. Many shops here don’t speak English, but don’t worry, you’ll find a way to manage. There are plenty of affordable places to eat, so you can even enjoy hopping between multiple places in one night.
It’s not recommended for those seeking a refined and elegant Japanese nightlife, but if you enjoy the lively vibes of places like Asakusa or Osaka, you’ll undoubtedly have a great time and feel happy.