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Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku, Tokyo: If This Doesn’t Convince You Japan Is INSANELY AMAZING Nothing Will!

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The Robot Restaurant in Kabukichō, Shinjuku, Tokyo is the stuff that legends are made of. There isn’t a single tourist in town that hasn’t heard of, or is talking about the insanity of this show. Japanese culture is renown for having it’s finger on the pulse for the latest technology, funny fashion subcultures and wacky entertainment, with this in mind, I was intrigued to learn exactly how bizarre things can get, and above all, curious to see the futuristic inspired cabaret costumes and set design.

Watch the madness unfold in this video

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Tourists taking photos sit in the big breasted borgs outside the Robot Restaurant main entrance in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Before the show starts

You can hear the Robot Restaurant before you can see it and even then you can see the blinking neon lights blearing out onto the street from over a block away. From outside you can take your selfie with the busty female borgs, before taking a ride down the golden glitter engrossed elevator to the restaurant’s waiting room. From there, the disco decor and crome clad musicians can’t fail to impress and build up anticipation for what the night has ahead. 

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Robot Restaurant waiting room where costumers kick back with a drink and watch the chrome clad live musicians. Complete with gold chairs, LED ceiling, oriental back lit pictures and talking robots.

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Crome clad musicans dressed as storm troopers serenade you in the waiting room before the main show.

Gobsmacked Show

The Robot Restaurant show is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. Everything that could happen, more or less happened. It is a amalgamation of one eccentric imagination. Trying to find the plot is seemingly impossible, but the general theme seems to consist of hoards of sparkly bikini babes doing battle with, or against, dinosaurs, aliens, flying gorillas, snakes, robots and even Kung Fu Panda.

Set to a backdrop of neon flashing lights, colossal video screens and lasers, on lookers exchanged baffled conversations about what the hell was happening during one of the many refreshment intervals. But alas a couple of beers and scenes later, you’ll somehow find yourself 100% committed to supporting the cabaret chaos whilst singing along and waving a glow stick in the air.

The peak of the performance was by far the the finale, when nearly every single cast member, living, prosthetic or robotic, paraded down the central stage to Brazilian style carnival music, leaving you feel like there is no where crazier in the world right now than Tokyo, Japan.

Should you go? YES. This is once in a lifetime performance that delivers everything weird, wacky and wonderful about Japan.


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Dancers and drummers at the Robot Restaurant

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Alien robots of out of space attempting to conquer earth

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Laser dancers preforming to Michael Jackson

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Robots dancing “The Robot”

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Robots rolling around on something that looked like it was out of Blade Runner

Possibly the best staircase in the world

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Useful information

Priced at 8,000 YEN per show ($75). There are 4 shows per night each lasting 90 mins. Each show is divided in 3 parts will long refreshment intervals. BOOK HERE

Address: Robot Restaurant is located at B2F Shinjuku Robot Bldg, 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
Subway: Tokyo Shinjuku Station (Yamanote, Chuo, Marunouchi, Keio, Odakyu lines)

Note: You must arrive at the restaurant 30 minutes before the show. The Robot Restaurant isn’t really a restaurant. They only sell snacks and drinks so make sure you eat before you go. 

Have you been to Robot Restaurant? Is there somewhere crazier in Japan than this that I’ve missed?  Please share your experiences, ideas and suggestions in the comments box below, we would love to hear from you.

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  • Megan Indoe
    August 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    YES! We are going to be in Tokyo in a few weeks and have been on the fence if we should splurge and check this out, your photos & video have confirmed that WE NEED to see this show! Thanks so much for sharing, also love your outfit you wore out that night! 🙂

    • donna
      August 2, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Hahaha I’m glad to inspire, do it, you will never see anything like it again!!

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