Tokyo is well known for its nighttime illuminations; giant neon signs and great electronic billboards are a famous visual aesthetic. What is less commonly spoken about are nightclubs in Tokyo. Apart from the small bars near Roppongi or Shinjuku, these nightclubs are bound to deepen your experience of the Tokyo nightlife.
One of the popular destinations for well-known DJs as well as it was featured in the film Babel is Womb a notable nightclub in Tokyo and the club celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2010.
Just to give you one of the standout scenes in the Oscar-nominated Babel comes when Chieko, a deaf teenage girl played by Rinko Kikuchi, ventures into a laser-lit Tokyo nightclub with her friends. As they dance to DJ Shinichi Osawa’s remix of “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, the sound cuts out completely whenever the camera switches to Chieko’s perspective.
This scene was actually filmed in Womb. The club boasts a mirror ball that is purportedly Asia’s largest, but you can forget about shooting your own Instagram or YouTube tribute to the movie scene. To ensure the privacy of its patrons, cameras and recording devices are not allowed inside Womb.
Womb opened in April 2000 and is located at 2-16 Maruyama-cho Shibuya-ku. Womb gives you underground, warehouse vibes that any music-lover or party-goer would enjoy. Searching for the club hidden within a residential area adds to the anticipation of dancing the night away in a basement setting. Walls are lined with beer machines and small bars on the back corners of the dance floors for convenience, and Womb adequately has four floors.
The main floor, with a giant mirror ball, is on the second floor of the premises, while a small bar is located at the rear of the dance floor. The main DJ booth overlooks the main floor and for select artists, the DJ booth is relocated onto the actual dance floor. In addition to the DJ booth, another bar, with open windows that look down onto the dance floor, also exists.
The third floor is terrace-style, with tables for VIP that overlook the bottom floors.
And on the fourth floor is another bar, a chill-out lounge and a DJ usually plays here as well. The fourth floor features glass walls, which do not open for safety reasons, that look down onto the dance floor two floors below.
The entrance fee is 3,500 yen on Fridays and Saturdays and 1,500 yen through Monday to Thursday.
You’ll find that the dress code is relaxed at Womb, however, sandals and inappropriate clothing will not be allowed into the club. Outside food and drinks are not permitted, however drinks start at 500 yen and the club offers a few snacks such as curry, chicken, and udon noodles. Events usually begin around 11:00 p.m. on weekends and Womb is only a 10-minute walk from the JR Shibuya station.
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