No time for food at this “restaurant”!
In Shinjuku Kabukicho, you can find the “Robot Restaurant”, where enormous robots put on a show (yes, it is basically as crazy as it sounds).
This restaurant is certainly a one of a kind, to say the least. Although it is called a robot “restaurant”, the highlight is undoubtedly the grand and flamboyant show, with dance performances by costume-clad female dancers and robots several meters in length roaming around.
You will not be able to take your eyes off of the garish performance
The total development cost of the whole facility is claimed to be as much as 100 billion yen. There is a large runway-like stage in the center and seats located on both sides. You can enjoy alcohol and a bento box, while enjoying the show up close.
There are wadaiko, or Japanese drum, performances by the cast with a kabuki-like makeup, or a guitar player rocking out with a tengu mask on. You can even see a boxing match between two robots.
There is even a collaboration of the dancers and the robots to create a show with a storyline!
Celebrities love it, we all love it
The extravagance of it all has attracted many people from all over the world, so much so that there are now more foreign tourists in the audience rather than the Japanese people.
The world-renowned directors, Tim Burton and J.J. Abrams, have visited before and so has the pop star, Katy Perry!
We can’t deny it; everyone loves a bit of laser beam and robots once in a while.
The flashy and exciting Shinjuku Kabukicho
Admission is a bit on the pricy side, it is 7000 yen a person. In addition to that, you can order food and drinks for a separate fee, such as a bento box with an assortment of dishes, sushi pack, or a can of “Chu-hi”.
But, it should be noted that this so-called “restaurant” is an entertainment facility and their focus is not exactly on the food it provides. Many people opt to eat somewhere else.
There is an array of restaurants available in Kabukicho, so what we recommend is to just simply enjoy the show at the Robot Restaurant, and stop by a restaurant near by afterwards, without all the robots to distract you from having a nice meal.