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
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.
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.
Possibly the best staircase in the world
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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