Tokyo is a super wacky city and Robot Restaurant definitely fits right in!
When I asked for advice on what to do in Tokyo, everyone recommended Robot Restaurant, so I figured I had to see what all the hype was about.
Things to know before you go
The name is totally misleading, as Robot Restaurant is not actually a restaurant – so don’t go hungry! While there are small meal boxes available for purchase, I’d classify it more as a snack than a meal. They also sell popcorn during breaks in the show.
You need to buy tickets in advance. They have a few shows a day, and tickets can easily be purchased online from a bunch of sites. I checked out a few different sites until we found one that was offering a discount for the day we wanted to go. Tickets are generally between 7,000 – 8,000 JPY, which is about US$65-$75.
The staff there all speak great English, so it’s really easy to communicate even if your Japanese skills are limited to ‘konichiwa’.
From the moment you walk through the door until the moment you leave, the experience is completely over-the-top crazy. On arrival, you’re directed to a bar area, which is wild. The room has live music, crazy colors and lights and so much energy! We were only early enough to have one drink while we waited, as it was nearly time for the show to start!
From the waiting area, we were directed down the craziest stairway to the venue. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but the room was totally different than I imagined. It is a long room with rows of seats on each side facing the middle.
The show started, and it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Seriously insane. It’s basically a bunch of robots, dancing and music, and as crazy as it is, it really works. At one point, a girl in the show climbed into a robot’s mouth and it pretended to devour her. I’m pretty sure my mouth was half open in amazement the entire time.
There are short breaks throughout the show during which you can buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
Robot Restaurant is right in the middle of Shinjuku, so there are lots of fun places to check out after the show!
I accidently left my DSLR under my table, and didn’t realize until the next day when I was about to board a flight to Niseko (typical). I was sure I’d never see it again, but once again I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing the Japanese people are (and the honest tourists who were sitting around me!) I messaged Robot Restaurant on Facebook as I didn’t have an international SIM card in my phone, and they messaged back within hours to let me know my camera was safe and sound! They held it for me until I was back in Tokyo later that week, which was so freaking awesome. The last time I left a DSLR somewhere accidentally (a taxi in Melbourne), it was never to be seen again. You’d think I would have learned my lesson that time…!