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The Growly - Rockin' Hard Since 2012

The logo of the Growly Kyoto.

There is no Hardrock Cafe in Kyoto... but fans of rock music can meet up at the Growly Live House for their daily fix of Japanese and international rock.

About the Growly

Established in 2012, the Growly has become the go-to venue for fans of indie and hard rock from Kyoto and beyond. The Growly lies near Nijo Castle, somewhat outside the main haunts of Kyoto's nightcrawlers. However, it's worth going there delving into the cool scene of established and up-and-coming rock band that play here. Besides rock, there is also the occasional punk, acoustic or jazz concert. In any case, great memories are made at the Growly, and who knows, the band you just had a drink with after the concert may be international superstars in no time!

The stage at the Growly.

Growly Special

Discount for Foreign Tourists: If you've been in Japan for less than a month, you're getting free entrance! Look for the red DFT logo in the schedule, show your passport at the entrance, and in you go! (You have to buy 2 drink tickets.) See this page (in English) for more information on the discount.

Growly Prime: Missed your favourite band? No problem! Selected concerts at the Growly are videotaped, and for a small monthly fee, you can watch as many and as often as you like. Single songs are available as well. Login and more info (in Japanese) at this page.

Growly Spotlight Events in November 2022

Flyer for polygon note concert at the Growly, Kyoto.
Flyer for Rock DJ Party at the Growly.

Sun. 6, 18:00 polygon note

Get four rock bands for the price of one! 5años, BATI-HOLIC (a taiko rock band from Kyoto), Wa Ya Groove, and Yukai Kenchiku share the stage tonight.

Wed. 9, start tba Bad Idea

It's definitely not a bad idea to visit the Growly for this joint performance of enu & the oriental animal machines, electric scooter and Yuna Kamikawa.

Fri. 18, 17:30 - 22:30 Music is Alcohol

Once a month, the Growly invites DJs from all over Japan to lead their free Rock DJ Party. If you'd like to try an eclectic selection of new Japanese rock, and some international classics, this is the place to be. Get intoxicated by the music!

Sat. 26, 18:00 IRORI

Again, four rock bands share the stage tonight. Treat yourself to individual concerts by MOTHERCOAT, No Fun, kitsune no yomeiri, and nayuta.


Selected events at the Growly can be found in our own event calendar. For a full list of all the rock concerts happening at the Growly almost every day, check out the Growly schedule on their homepage!

Growly online: Website (in Japanese) and twitter and instagram and facebook (all social media in Japanese).

Address: 214 Growly Building, Hoshigaike-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8416 (Google Maps)

Directions: Take the JR train to Nijo Station or the Subway Tozai Line to Nijojo Mae.

Opening hours: Almost daily, depending on event.

Seats: max. 200 persons (standing)

Reservations: Recommended. Tickets can be purchased directly at the website of the Growly or at various (online) vendors.

Food & Drinks: Drinks and small snacks are available at every event; some events require a pre-purchase of two drink tickets.

Photography: Yes.

Smoking: No. A special smoking area is available.

Wheelchair accessible: The venue is not barrierfree. However, the staff are happy to provide assistance. No prior booking necessary.

Parking: No; but paid car parking nearby. Limited free bicycle parking available. Please consider public transport options.

The Growly Building.

All photos courtesy of the Growly.