Jazz Music Sounds Abound in Yokohama
Yokohama is no stranger to jazz. In fact, Yokohama is regarded as the jazz capital of Japan. The Kannai area is especially known for its abundance of live jazz clubs and jazz events. Perhaps the biggest and most popular of them is Kamome - in the Bashamichi area.
Owner Sasaki Motoyoshi opened Kamome in 2004 at the urging of many of his friends, all renowned jazz performers. Kamome has since been hosting live events almost every night - and the charge for most are only 3000 or 3500 yen - more than reasonable prices in Japan for the caliber of musicians that play there. Some of the best shows are the jam sessions, where you never know who is going to show up or what kind of music you are going to hear. International musicians also play at Kamome on occasion - you can see the entire month's calendar at their events page (see ACCESS below).
In addition to seeing some of the best jazz performers in Japan on any given night, you can also get some great food. Starters go for under 1000 yen, while other dishes range from 1000 and 1400 yen. Of course drinks are available, and start as low as 600 yen.
Kamome's sound quality is absolutely excellent. The interior is simple, but elegant, with comfortable chairs and even sofas to lounge on. It's such a great thing to be able to sit so close to the musicians - it's as intimate a musical experience as you can find.
Kamome - great for a date night or with friends, highly recommended.
If you do visit, make sure to also stop by at neighboring Bashamichi Taproom for the best BBQ and craft beer in town!
Yokohama, Naka-ku Sumiyoshi-cho, 6-76
A three-minute walk from Municipal Subway (Yokohama Blue Line) Kannai Station
A five-minute walk from Toyoko and Minato Mirai Line Bashamichi Station
A five-minute walk from JR Negishi Line Kannai Station
Former Deep Japan Writer