June 9, 2017
Singing, Robots, and Sensory Overload at Robot Restaurant in Tokyo
The Robot Restaurant Cabaret Show was at the same time the strangest and most epic show I’ve ever seen. The venue is located in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district, where you’ll see other questionable night time activities as well. You can’t miss the entrance of Robot Restaurant, as it’s lit up in giant neon lights! The show is full of Japanese singing, pop dancing, and robots galore! It runs three times a night and will be one of the strangest 90 minute experiences of your life.
First things first, the ticket says to arrive 40 minutes before the show so you have time to check-in. Once you’re all checked in, you’re shown into this lounge to wait for your show-can you say sensory overload? You’ll find a bar at the end of the lounge. Most show tickets come with a complimentary drink, which you can redeem there.
When it’s time for the show to start, everyone is herded down several flights of stairs. I don’t remember how many floors down we went, but it was far underground. The show itself takes place in a pretty small and cramped room. Seating is two per table, and you can buy drinks, popcorn, and ‘souvenirs’ before the show and during the four brief intermissions.
Then show consists of four ‘acts’ during which different robots will come out to perform. There are also various Japanese women and men in costumes who come out to sing, dance, and battle with the robots. It’s very difficult to describe this experience as I’ve never seen anything like it, so I’ll show it through the following photos:
I can’t recommend this show enough. It was a truly exceptional experience that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. It was lots of fun, had a Japanese twist to it, and was totally unique. On a finally note, although they do have food here, it’s nothing particularly special. I’d recommend eating a great Japanese meal somewhere before the show. Now if you have a couple drinks while watching, the experience will be even more fun 😉