One of Tokyo’s most beloved event halls and networking spaces, Tokyo Kaikan reopens on January 8, 2019, after being rebuilt and undergoing a thorough design overhaul. The hall boasts an illustrious history of almost 100 years of hosting intellectuals, authors, and other creatives who gathered here to discuss ideas as they dined. There are countless homages to the previous incarnations of Tokyo Kaikan throughout the new building waiting to be explored. The venue also boasts an exceptional view of the Imperial Palace from both the chapel and its banquet halls. Furthermore, there is a selection of eight restaurants and shops, two of which are completely new. Address: 3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Website: www.kaikan.co.jp  Tel: 03-3215-2111

The biggest music lounge in Tokyo, and unquestionably one of the most stylish as well, PLUSTOKYO held its long-awaited grand opening this week on the top floor and rooftop of Kirarito Ginza. Some would describe it as a club but in reality, it is so much more. On the 12th floor just past the reception, there is a 15-meter long gallery exhibiting artwork that will change over time. For the opening exhibition, the multifaceted platform Gas as Interface along with Yar present Neon Museum, a series of iconic signs, that will last until spring. It is then just a short walk to the sleek asphalt-designed main bar which is 30 meters long and has great views of the city. Two B-BOY statues, designed by hip-hop sculptor Taku Obata, are placed at opposite ends of the bar. They will remain there throughout December. The Lobby, the name given to the main room where people can enjoy lunch during the day or use as a dance floor at night, is very chic and classy. Along with gorgeous sofas, colorful plants, and wooden floor, there is also a huge painting of Mt. Fuji on one of the walls. It was painted by well-known sento (public bath) muralist Morio Nakajima. On the other side of the wall is a deep red version of Fuji that arguably looks even better. Elsewhere on the main floor, there are two VIP Rooms; Rose, and Salon, the latter being for exclusive members only. There are also two more bars. The first is POPBAR, a pop-up bar that will feature collaborations with various drinks makers, brands, and shops. The other is Mixology Spirits Bang(k), a trendy bar serving only Japan-made craft spirits. The creative cocktails come highly recommended. The rooftop will only be used for events. It is a wide-open space with fantastic views of both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree depending on which side you are on. The heaters will keep you warm during the winter months. In summer and autumn, you can enjoy barbeques, while in spring a merry-go-round will be set up. Included in the food menu is a delightful burger, a sushi platter, and some Chinese-style spicy chicken, plus an assortment of desserts. A special brunch set can be enjoyed in the Lobby during the day with prices starting at ¥1,700. In the evenings, there are some light finger food options such as Japanese wafers, fruit, and foie gras. Address: 12F/RF, 1-8-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: plustyo.com Tel: 03-3563-3776

As part of the global Blue Note chain of premier jazz clubs, Blue Note Tokyo is the most prominent jazz venue in the city. The club opened its doors in 1981 and over the years it has built a reputation as one of the world’s top venues for jazz. Its been the stage for just about every jazz great: Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, Maceo Parker, etc. Various artists have released live albums from their performances. The venue also hosts blues, latin, soul, and world music. But the high caliber of artists definitely reflects the pricey tickets. Be prepared to empty your bank account and afterwards, feel good that it was worth it. Address: 6-3-16 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku Website: bluenote.co.jp Tel: 03-5485-0088

Circus is credited for pushing the sound of tomorrow’s electronic music. In October of 2015, the venue took over the space of club Amate-Raxi, and its been debuting untapped artists ever since. Circus hosts DJ’s and beat makers from around the world, handpicking producers of lo-fi house, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep, and EDM. Big names like The Black Madonna, Mall Grab, Daddy G, and Roni Size have spun there. Address: 3-26-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Website: circus-tokyo.jp Tel: 03-6419-7520

Three to four times a week, Jazz Spot Intro has live jazz sessions that cook well into the night. Professional and amateur musicians get together to jam. Among the many notable names that have joined the sessions, Larry Coryell, Hino Terumasa, and Herbie Hancock have given impromptu performances. Since 1988 Intro has been the place for rare musical moments, witnessed by small audiences that huddled into its limited space. Not far from Takadanobaba Station, Intro is a capsule of a venue, but its rich cultural heritage has made it a Tokyo staple. Behind the bar there’s a vinyl selection from which patrons can request songs, encouraging people to listen to music outside the demystifying language of an algorithm. Intro isn’t just for jazz aficionados – the uninitiated do get converted. Address: 2-14-8 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku Website: jazzspot.intro.co.jp   Tel: 03-3200-4396

Nestled in a Shibuya alleyway, Ruby Room is a bite-sized venue that attracts a lot of foreigners and partygoers. It’s the jump off for experiencing local and pioneering artists. Belle & Sebastian, Basement Jaxx, and Hernan Cattaneo have performed there. The club’s legendary open mic has been running on Tuesday nights for 20 years. Aspiring artists gather to develop their craft and cross-pollinate. The open mic has helped turn Ruby into a mainstay and a cultivator of Tokyo’s music scene. Whether, it’s rock, techno, punk, rap, or folk, all genres are welcomed. Address: 4F, 2-25-17 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku Website: rubyroomtokyo.com    Tel: 070-6969-4816

Sound Museum Vision is a subterranean answer to Tokyo’s cubicle dance clubs. In late 2011, Global Hearts, the same people that produced Daikanyama’s Air, opened Vision. Located in Shibuya with a capacity of 1,500, the club is divided into four rooms, each having its own ambiance and genre of music, ranging from hip-hop and house to techno and other audio textures. The biggest room, Gaia, has a sound system that would’ve made Uncle Jamm’s Army proud. Vision has hosted acts like Ben UFO, John Digweed, and Pete Rock. Address: B1F, 2-10-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku Website: vision-tokyo.com Tel: 03-5728-2824

The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) is Japan's only national theatre dedicated to the performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. Founded in 1997, the theatre has become known and loved for its world-class performances. Address: 1-1-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku Website: www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/    Tel: 03-5352-9999

Tokyo Dome is the concert venue in Japan and hosts a wide array of events ranging from baseball and American football games to markets and conventions, and rock and pop concerts galore. Image: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.com Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku Website: www.tokyo-dome.co.jp Tel: 03-5800-9999

Address: Nishiazabu 1-2-9, Minato-ku Website: http://www.ex-theater.com/ Tel: 03-6406-2222

Address: Dogenzaka 2−24−1, Shibuya-ku Website: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/orchard/ Tel: 03-3477-9111

This event space hosts everything from concerts to conferences – check out their schedule for detailed listings. One of the cooler spots on the expat scene, and always well worth dropping by. Make sure not to miss their changing lineup of microbrews. Address: Nishiazabu 3-1-25, Minato-ku Website: www.super-deluxe.com/

Tokyo's largest convention and exhibition center is located in the Odaiba area, and plays host to everything from the twice yearly Design Festa to the Tokyo Motor Show and other industrial conventions. Stroll around the area to find several pieces of public art – our favorite is the gigantic saw. Image: Shutterstock.com Address: 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku Website: http://www.bigsight.jp/english/ Tel: 03-5530-1111

Address: 2-8-35 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku Website: http://www.jpnsport.go.jp/chichibunomiya/

Address: Ariake 2-2-22, Koto-ku Website: http://www.tptc.co.jp/en/c_park/02_03