The Robot Restaurant and Show in Tokyo is unlike any show that I have ever experienced before! Lights, lasers, music and robots all put together in an extremely entertaining performance that will have the hairs standing on the back of your neck, not knowing what will happen next!
The Robot Restaurant Tokyo is a 90 minute performance that, in my opinion, is not to be missed during your city trip to Tokyo!
I have put together this complete guide of the Robot Restaurant Tokyo and Robot Restaurant Review including how to get there, where to book and what to expect!
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WHERE IS THE ROBOT RESTAURANT TOKYO
The Robot Restaurant is located in Shinjuku City, Tokyo.
If you are arriving by train or metro to Shinjuku, it is a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station East Exit to reach the Robot Restaurant Tokyo.
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ROBOT RESTAURANT TICKETS
The Robot Restaurant is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo and so you must book online in advance to secure a ticket for the show on your preferred date.
There are only 4 shows a day and it is not likely that you will be able to purchase a ticket at the door as there is limited seating available.
I purchased my Robot Restaurant tickets online with Klook which was very simple and convenient. Booking with Klook also gives you the bonus option to skip the long queue on the day of the show!
Robot Restaurant tickets
ARRIVING AT THE ROBOT RESTAURANT SHOW TOKYO
It was clear we were in the right place when my brother Chris and I arrived as there were flashing lights and bright neon signs with the words ROBOT RESTAURANT written in huge block letters across the front of the building.
Dressed up staff members were greeting customers as they were lining up at the entrance to exchange their online booking vouchers for printed tickets. Having booked online with Klook, Chris and I are were straight to the front of the line and first in the doors.
We walked down the brightly lit entrance hallway, which is decorated with neon lights and comic drawings, to an elevator at the end and headed up to the first floor.
There is a pre-show performance on the first floor before the actual show, so we ordered a drink at the bar and watched a live band, dressed up as robots, playing some classic covers. Once everyone had arrived, it was time to head down to the basement for the official Robot Show Tokyo!
The Robot Restaurant sign is hard to miss
The pre-show performance on the first floor
On the way down to the official show
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE ROBOT RESTAURANT TOKYO
A sensory overload! It is quite hard to explain in detail exactly what to expect without yet having experienced it for yourself, but to give you an idea there is a whole lot of noise, laser lights, incredible performers, robot musicians and more random acts all wrapped into one crazy spectacle!
To start with, I don’t know why they have called it Robot Restaurant as it is far from any ‘restaurant standards’ in my opinion. Once you take your seat there are small food carts that will take your order with only fast food options available such as fried chicken, popcorn, soft drinks, beers, wines and cocktails. So don’t expect a 3-course hearty dinner. I would recommend eating a decent meal at a restaurant nearby before or after the show.
The entertainment begins and there is no warming up into it whatsoever. From the get-go, loud drums and music along with laser lights and performers hit the stage in full force. The ‘robots’ are more like oversized remote-controlled vehicles and scary creature figures that are very well made but no high-tech artificial intelligence is used during the Robot Show Tokyo.
I couldn’t quite pick up on the storyline, though there are many different acts throughout the show including robot wars, robot musicians, cabaret dancing, loud ballads, laser lights, firecrackers and much more that will leave your brain over-stimulated after the 90-minute performance.
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The opening drum session – Robot Restaurant Review
One of the crazy acts during the Robot Show Shinjuku
The laser light scenes were my favorite!
A blazing ninja turtle – Robot Restaurant Review
One of the many scary robot creatures
ROBOT RESTAURANT REVIEW – IS IT WORTH IT?
Overall, the Robot Restaurant Show Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind performance that you just have to try at least once!
So is Robot Restaurant worth it?
Yes, if you have the time to check it out while you are in Tokyo, I can honestly say I enjoyed the Robot Show Tokyo and hopefully you do too!
Expect lots of neon lights and loud ballads!
And some robot wars
Another electrifying drum session – Robot Restaurant Review
Our very own lightsabers – Klook Robot Restaurant
WHERE TO STAY IN SHINJUKU
Shinjuku has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Shinjuku to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hilton Tokyo Hotel
The Hilton Tokyo Hotel is one of the best 5-star accommodations centrally located in Shinjuku! Featuring an indoor pool, rooftop tennis court, sauna, fitness center, buffet restaurant, marble lounges and more! Choose from a twin room, king room or executive suite, all of which are modern, stylish, spacious and offer great views of the cosmopolitan Shinjuku area. Hilton Tokyo Hotel is walking distance to the metro, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Free breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for families, couples and friends.
Mid Range: Hotel Wing International Shinjuku
This elegant 3-star hotel is located right in the lively center of Kabukicho. Hotel Wing International features modern rooms with air-conditioning, fridge and kitchenette, flat-screen tv, private bathroom and free wifi. It is walking distance to Shinjuku Train Station, shops, gardens and city sites. A buffet breakfast serving Japenese and western-style dishes are included for all guests. An ideal place to stay for couples, families and friends.
Budget: Ace Inn Shinjuku
One of the best-rated budget accommodations in Shinjuku. Perfect for solo travelers and couples on a budget. Ace Inn Shinjuku is centrally located and offers dormitory-style accommodation. There is a shared kitchen, shared lounge and free wifi throughout the property. The rooms are air-conditioned and towels are included for all guests. It’s close to convenience stores, train stations, restaurants, cafes and bars.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR TOKYO
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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF ROBOT RESTAURANT TOKYO
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