Womb is a legendary Shibuya nightclub that frequently makes the Top 100 Clubs in the World list compiled by DJMag. With its nondescript entrance hidden down the small back-streets of Tokyo’s love hotel district (Dogenzaka), you might be wondering why.
The cover charge varies depending on each event, usually ranging from ¥1500-¥4000. If you have a flier (normally found on their website) or a Womb membership there is a small discount, usually ¥500. Once inside, there are a few different floors playing different music. There is a bar in each room serving the usual stuff, with prices around ¥700 per drink. The drinks aren’t particularly strong or special, so if you’re on a budget it’s probably best to just stick to beer.
Arguably, the best thing about Womb is the fact that its reputation attracts some of the world’s best DJs from all genres of electronic music. Each night of the week has a different style of music and a few nights every month are dedicated to certain styles. A personal favorite of mine is the drum and bass night, 06S, which frequently brings top drum and bass DJs from around the world to headline. In a city where techno seems to dominate the club scene, this is a breath of fresh air and gives me a chance to see some of the names I could experience if I was back in England. To know what type of music would be playing on certain days, make sure to monitor their social media (laid out at the end of the article)
The lighting and sound is some of the best in the city. They have a state-of-the-art sound system and lasers that ensure a multi-sensory musical experience. They also have Japan’s largest disco ball which can be pretty awe-inspiring to see, especially if you’re not entirely sober.
Overall, if you love dance music, awesome sound and lighting and a friendly crowd, Womb is one of the best places in the world. Although it is surprisingly small compared to some other internationally renowned clubs, it can certainly hold its own when it comes to providing top quality music and an amazing atmosphere.
Womb also holds annual events outside of the club that are on a much bigger scale and attract thousands of clubbers. Every December, Womb Adventure is held in a huge warehouse space in Chiba and combines top class DJs, with phenomenal lighting and a great crowd. Make sure to check it out!
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International Ratio: More international
Male / Female Ratio: About equal
Style: Smart Casual
Music Genre: Techno/house, other electronic,
Suitable For singles, couples, partying,
Nearest Station: 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station or 4-minute walk from Shinsen Station (Keio Inokashira Line)
Hours of Operation:Thursday-Saturday 10:00PM-5:00AM
Estimated Price:¥700-¥1200 (excluding ¥2000 -¥4000 cover charge)
“Why Go?”:To check out one of the must-see clubs in Tokyo, with awesome lights and sounds.
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