Open for more than 40 years, The Pit Inn is a Tokyo institution that presents talented local and international jazz performers. The focus is completely on jazz in this smoky, no-frills venue, with the chairs all facing towards the stage, a set-up that encourages customers to maintain their full attention on the music, rather than one another. This tiny concert hall-style club may not be ideal for lounging and chatting, but the sound system is excellent and the jazz is consistently some of Tokyo’s best. One of the city’s most well-known jazz venues, the performances are mostly mainstream jazz, with occasional avant-garde offerings. Regular performers include saxophonist Sadao Watanabe and pianist Yosuke Yamashita, but a number of international artists — including the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Sun Ra Arkestra, and Elvin Jones — have also recorded live performance albums at the venue. Admission prices are affordable, particularly for the lunch-time jazz sessions, which feature performances by emerging musicians.