John Signa wrote:
If you plan on visiting Magic Land, be warned that they moved about 1.5 years ago and all of the English websites with directions are out of date.
I found out the hard way after walking directly to their old location and finding things weren't right. Found the map on their website http://magicland.jp/Home/MagicLand_map.html
and walked around until got my bearings straight and found landmarks like the 7-11s. Fortunately they are near the same station (kayabacho).
The map was helpful (if you have Japanese relatives who can translate the instructions.). The Japanes directions on the map basically say take exit 1 or 2 from Kayabacho subway station. Walk about 30 meters to the traffic light and turn left. Walk to the second street and turn left. It is a few buildings in on the right.
The building number is 2-17-4 and there is a Magic Land sign on the building. It is on the fifth floor.
After 25 plus years of going there, it was a shock to be able to find it easily and for it to be relatively clean and organized.
For a magic bar, we went to Juji (ten o'clock). Again, we chose a bar in this group because it had a fixed price for show, dinner and all you could drink rather than an indicative price. Excellent performers and easy to find as well.
I still remain surprised at how popular magic is on television in Japan.
In case others share my interest in music, Tower Records in Shibuya is still the best music shop in the world (although it has less and less competition.)