Walk-in price is ¥8,000; you can get cheaper prices and save time at the door. The Robot Restaurant show is pure insanity; the hassle doesn’t have to be.
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If you’ve done even a tiny bit of research into things to do in Tokyo, by now you’ve probably heard of this place.
It’s the silliest, loudest, most colorful, sparkly, quirky, awkward, comedic, insane, powerful, offensive, ridiculous, absurd show with the most flashing lights and robots you’ll probably ever, ever see in your life.
So you know you have to see it if you’re ever in Tokyo right? At least once.
It’s the ultimate quirky Japanese experience — if only to tell friends and family back home that you were there when you show this video to them.
About the show
As you saw from the video above, it’s crazy. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s essentially a maximum sensory overload intended to wow/stun you.
The show’s duration is 2.5 hours and the time will fly by.
During intermissions, they will come around to offer food. But I don’t recommend buying it. Eat before you come here.
There are three options of bento boxes: grilled beef (¥1,500), “Japanese style” (¥1,200), and sushi (¥1,000).
As you can tell, dinner is quite pricey. But if you’re hungry it’s either that or popcorn and chips.
Once you’ve been seated and the show starts you’re not allowed to leave.
Sounds spookier than it is.
I would guess this is simply because the area is quite small and you’d interrupt others trying to enjoy the show.
Is the Robot Restaurant still worth it in 2019?
You may hear some people questioning whether to go to the Robot Restaurant in 2019.
Is it still unique? Is it as good as it used to be? Has it become a tourist trap?
Here’s how I look at it.
If you’re in Tokyo and have a feeling you may never return then you should check it out.
It is a once in a lifetime experience and I would hate if you later regretted not going while you had your chance.
Robot Restaurant with children?
No, I don’t recommend it (unless you’re referring to teenage children).
Okay, let’s chat about this a second.
The show is insanely loud. Like, louder than loud. It’s thrashy. Bright. A massive sensory overload even for adults who are prepared for what is about to happen.
Small children will likely freak out.
Not to mention the Robot Restaurant is in Kabukicho, the red-light district of Shinjuku.
But in the end, it is certainly up to you as the parent.
The Robot Restaurant won’t stop you and children 0-3 can get in for free (but they must sit on your lap).
Tickets sold out, any other options?
I wanted to bring this up to warn you about waiting too long to get your tickets.
As you can imagine the Robot Restaurant is quite busy.
Technically you can buy your tickets as late as 60 minutes before the music starts, that’s often too late.
Pro tip: there’s a show every two and a half hours. If you can’t get into one, try to snag tickets for a later show if you can. Some tours will also include tickets.
How early do you need to arrive?
I would say arrive 20 minutes early.
This would ensure you’ll be there in time to get into your seats smoothly, but also they’ll let you into a waiting area.
This waiting area has music and sells drinks, plus the whole place is crazy looking and will give you time to soak it all in.
How to get to the Robot Restaurant.
It’s just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. Google Maps will get you from where you are to Shinjuku Station fairly easily.
Here’s a pin for you, and also directions for walking to the Robot Restaurant once you’ve arrived at Shinjuku Station.
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Have you been here? What did you think?
Please share your experiences here. Do you have any advice for others looking to enjoy the Robot Restaurant? Thank you!