What is the Robot Restaurant?
I don't want to give away too much... going into Robot Restaurant, the less you know the better. Think of it as a video game that has come to life with dancing, live girls (in some scantily clad outfits), and a huge spectacle. The show lasts 90 minutes and is separated into three acts with food, drinks, and souvenirs between each act.
The wild show/restaurant opened up in 2012 and cost approximately $100 million USD to build. There are 3 shows a day - but still, make sure you buy tickets a couple days in advance.
Yes, it is a huge tourist attraction but it's one of those things that you, kind of, have to see to believe.
Where is Robot Restaurant located?
The Robot Restaurant is in Shinjuku and specifically in Kabukicho, Tokyo's most notorious red-light district.
How to get to Robot Restaurant
Take the metro to Shinjuku Station and find the East Exit. From there the walk is less than 10 minutes and you can follow using google maps.
Kabukicho is generally pretty crowded and it is very easy to get lost. Luckily, everyone knows what the Robot Restaurant is, so if you get lost just ask someone to point you in the right direction. Also, be aware that the entrance to the show/restaurant is across from the ticket pick up center. You must go to the ticket pick up center before heading inside.
Also, make sure you get to the show at least 30 minutes before your show so you can explore the facility and take some pictures.
How much do tickets to Robot Restaurant cost?
How do I get tickets?
If you buy them at the door you will have to pay almost $80 USD!!! Don't do that. There are various websites to order tickets on that provide a discount. Make sure you order them before the show. I suggest Get Your Guide. They have the best customer service and some of the cheapest tickets out there. Tickets are only $64 each, they are sent to your mobile phone, and you can show them the tickets straight from your phone.
The best place for discount tickets for Robot Restaurant
Again, order from Get Your Guide! It is 100% the best place to get your discount tickets. Plus, you can cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund!
What to eat at Robot Restaurant
There is no food or drink minimum at Robot Restaurant which is good. The food is not great and the drinks are super overpriced. With that being said the bento box is your best option.
Should you go to Robot Restaurant while in Tokyo?
Is it worth the price? Yes, I think so. The show is meant to be fun, entertaining, and a great comment on Japanese culture. It is a bit expensive, but with discount tickets, I think it is worth it.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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