Last updated: August 24, 2018
Want to know more about the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo? I have been there, and it’s the craziest and epic show I’ve seen. The Robot Restaurant is one of Tokyo’s most popular attractions.
It’s located in Shinjuku, in the famous area of Kabuchiko and offers several performances per day.
This show definitely has some of the best and most innovative performances in the world. It’s truly unique, and I can guarantee that you haven’t seen anything like it before. Words are not enough!
And if you’re thinking that the robot restaurant is just a tourist trap, well, you’re absolutely right, but it’s the best tourist trap that I’ve ever visited and it’s well worth the money and visit!
Below you can read all about my experience, how to get tickets, opening hours, more info about the robot restaurant in general and of course a lot of photos and a video!
How to get tickets to the Robot Restaurant
Tickets can be bought in 3-ways. You can either buy it directly via the Robot Restaurant website, or you can buy cheaper tickets via a third-party seller (see link below).
The third way to get tickets is by going directly to the restaurant before a show starts. IF there are any tickets left, they’ll be sold out by the staff about 1 hour before the Robot restaurant show.
I recommend getting the tickets beforehand, especially if you travel to Tokyo during a busy period. Like I’ve already mentioned, this is one of the most popular attractions in Tokyo, so it often gets sold out.
How much does a ticket cost?
- 8000 yen (about $70)
But, you can also get cheaper tickets via a third party seller. Sometimes you can get tickets to the Robot restaurant for as low as $49.
My Experience and thoughts about the Robot Restaurant
I have a hard time to find my words to describe this, but I will do my best. Already at the entrance, one can take a cheesy photo while sitting in a giant robot chair. After showing the ticket, you’re being led into the bar.
And this is where the madness begins. The bar is not like an ordinary bar, it’s like a glitter factory exploded and was reassembled into a bar. Mirrors, rainbow colors and all sorts of details everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere.
While waiting you can order a drink while listening to a Japanese Disney princess singing karaoke to famous songs. Nothing too unordinary, especially compared to the interior of the bar you’ll be sitting in.
I’m not sure if the next event is something they do for every show, but I suppose it is. A few visitors get called up on the stage to drink sake with some of the performers who’re already dressed up as ninjas and various other things.
Everyone is screaming Kampai and do bottoms up with the sake. Christine was one of the people who tried the sake, and it was delicious. After a few minutes after that, we were being told that we could go down to the basement where the Robot Restaurant show is located.
The unicorn and color explosion on the walls and ceiling continues as we walk down to our seats. In the basement where the Robot performance is being held, you’re sitting in a small arena with seats on two sides.
We had front-row seats and got really close up to the performers and robots during the Robot restaurant show, and it was both frightening and amazing to experience at that close distance.
During the Robot show, you will see dancers, robotic monsters, ninjas, drummers, warriors and all kinds of machines that will put on different plays for the audience. The show is divided into several acts with a short break in-between.
All this is being seen at the same time as some weird J-POP electro mix is being played loudly in the speakers, and the occasional lines by the actors. I think almost everyone in the audience is being put into a state of mind where you don’t really know how to react or what to expect next.
It’s pure bliss for 90 minutes and you’ll certainly join the cheering crowds while waving with the neon-colored glowsticks that are being handed out to the audience.
I would like to point out that this place is NOT something for people who suffer from epilepsy. This show is pure sensory overload in every thinkable way.
With that said, it’s the craziest thing I have ever witnessed, and I would go as far as saying that the Robot Restaurant show can put you into a state of mind where you feel pure happiness, fascination, and the sense of being a child again.
I haven’t tried LSD, but I can imagine it being similar to this experience.
Good to know before you go
Robot Restaurant Dress Code
Basically, it’s perfectly fine if you wear “regular” clothes. The Robot restaurant dress code prohibits sunglasses and costume outfits as well as large wigs.
Code of conduct for visitors
The following things are not allowed:
- Wearing sunglasses
- Drunk customers
- Gang members
- Tattoos (Please cover if you have any)
- Wearing cosplay or bizarre costume
Photos and video
It’s allowed to take pictures and make videos during the Robot show, as long as you don’t use the flash.
You can order food, snacks, and beverages
Below you can see the snacks and beverages menu. As for dinner, this has to be ordered before the show. It can be added for 1000 yen for visitors who want to eat during the Robot Restaurant show.
But I recommend you to eat somewhere else, and instead just order snacks and something drink.
Don’t be late to the Robot restaurant show
If you are late for the show time, your seats are not secured and your Robot Restaurant tickets are non-refundable. So basically, just make sure that you’re there about 30-60 minutes before in the Shinjuku area.
Visitors are let in before the show to the lounge, which is also worth a visit by itself. At the bar, you can get a drink and wait for the show and make sure that you don’t miss it.
Is it worth it?
I’m very reluctant about paying excess fees for tourist attractions when I travel. Sometimes I do it just because I’m a travel blogger and want to write about it, but I can 110% vouch for this experience.
The Robot Restaurant is definitely worth it. There are no words to describe this spectacle properly, it has to be experienced in person.
One thing that might not be worth it, is the food. I didn’t try it myself, but I’ve read from others that they found it a bit boring and tasteless. Which is sad, because everything else here is fantastic.
If you want something to snack on I suggest buying some snacks before the show starts or in the half-time pause. They’re selling snacks and beverages 5-10 minutes before the show starts.
It’s not for everyone
I have read about some people disliking this tourist attraction, and some say it’s tasteless and tacky. I understand where they’re coming from, but if you do have a sense of humor, and just want to have some fun, don’t worry, you’ll probably love the experience just as I did.
Just don’t come here and expect some fancy or delicate art performance because it’s not what the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is about. If you want a crazy experience and see something that I can assure you that you haven’t seen before, then you should definitely come here!
More information about the Robot Restaurant
The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo was first opened back in 2012 and has since remained one of the top attractions of Tokyo with hundreds of visitors each day. The restaurant is owned and founded by Namie Osawa.
The intention behind opening the restaurant was never meant for tourists, but rather Japanese businessmen. She (Namie Osawa) thought about robots, which was something she longed for as a kid, and also sexy Japanese girls in costumes to appeal to the businessmen of Shinjuku.
The performers of the Robot Restaurant rehearsal each day, and you can tell that the whole show is a well-thought routine that has been rehearsed many times. But still, the performers are putting on a display and excitement which makes visitors feel like it’s their first time doing this.
It’s easy to see that the dancers are enjoying working at the Robot Restaurant.
Book your Robot Restaurant tickets
As mentioned before, you can reserve and buy tickets directly via the official Robot Restaurant website. But the price is higher if you do so, and you won’t get anything extra when you pay 8000 yen.
I recommend buying via an authorized third part seller instead. The link below goes to my partner Get Your Guide, which is an authorized third party seller of discount tickets to the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.
Do you have more questions about the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo?
Leave a comment below or send me an email. If you’ve already been here, feel free to share your experience!