Location: Tokyo, Japan
When it opened in the year 2000, Womb was a unique prospect to the Japanese clubbing scene. The founders had a simple goal of bringing the highest quality lighting, sound and acts, inspired by the North American club scene. Eighteen years later, it’s still one of Japan’s most respected and revered institutions. It wasn’t just introducing a Japanese audience to a global scene, it helped pave the way for global acts to come to Asia and Japan for the first time, teaming up with clubs like Space Ibiza, London’s Fabric and Brazil’s D-Edge to bridge the gaps between established and developing scenes and firmly grounding itself in the DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll ever since.
In 2018, its newly-opened VVIP Room, as well as newly programmed bass music and trance artists and events mean Womb continues to evolve, with drum & bass resident DJ Aki, techno resident Takkyu Ishino and Toolroom-approved Tommy Wada combining with Yoshi and Ohnishi for the club’s tech-house residency. With artists like Henrik Schwarz, Mathew Jonson, Sven Väth, Dubfire, Pendulum, Radio Slave and Zomboy all gracing the booth in the past 12 months alone, it’s easy to see why Womb has climbed significantly in this year's ranking.