The Tune of Tokyo

Tokyo, Kawaguchi

One of Japan’s most popular pastimes, singing karaoke makes your pop star dreams come true as it allows you to belt out your favorite songs over instrumental music and displayed lyrics. Locals often turn to for a bit of stress relief, and it’s a must-try cultural experience for tourists. Karaoke originated in Japan, after all! That said, warm up your vocal chords, release your inhibitions, and prepare your song lists—Tokyo’s best karaoke boxes are ready to deliver an unforgettable and fun night out!

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Karaoke Kan (Shibuya)

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Pick your costume from the rack at the lobby before staging your own concert at Karaoke Kan! The all-you-can-drink deals, which last until dawn, will fuel you for an all-night singing affair. Karaoke Kan has multiple locations across Tokyo, but the one in Shibuya is a special stopover. Here, Rooms 601 and 602 were used to film the karaoke scene in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film, “Lost in Translation.”

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Shidax (Roppongi Club)

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A restaurant-and-karaoke bar hybrid, Shidax spoils with great quality eats to sustain you through all those high notes. Each site features different themed rooms to serve as a backdrop to your performance, so check their website to see what the nearest branch has in store. It could be a Children’s Room decked with toys, an Aroma Room filled with healing scents, or a Golf Room fitted with a simulator!

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Big Echo (Akihabara Ekimae)

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Big Echo’s party courses and dual projector rooms are perfect for karaoke parties! The chain is operated by major karaoke company Daiichikosho Co., Ltd., so go ahead and sing your heart out using the high-grade systems. The songbook here is mostly composed of Japanese pop music, anime soundtracks, and traditional tunes. Don’t fret—you’ll still find some of your Western favorites in there!

  • +81352097760
  • 1-16 Kanda Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Uta Hiroba (Ueno)

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The top choice for the budget-conscious, Uta Hiroba includes unlimited drinks in its base charge. Sing your signature karaoke songs in between refreshments of cola floats, virgin peach cocktails, and tapioca bubble teas! There’s even a soft serve ice cream machine, in case you need the extra sugar rush. Take note that there’s an all-you-can-drink option for alcoholic beverages, but it’s only available after 6:00PM and is a tad pricier than the basic spread.

  • +81338361077
  • First Floor, Tokyo Deauville First Building, 4-5-4 Taito-ku, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

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1Kara (Ikebukuro East Exit)

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Before you debut your karaoke skills, stop by 1Kara for a solo practice session. Belt it out like nobody’s watching—literally—at your very own private spaceship-themed room! Each “pit” is decked with headphones, a condenser microphone, and a mixer to produce top-notch tunes. 1Kara is a members-only place, but the registration is easy-peasy. Just bring either your driver’s license, health insurance card, or student ID!

  • +81359567133
  • Eight Floor, Tokyo KDG Ikebukuro Building, 1-23-6 Minami Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Joysound (Shinagawa Konanguchi)

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Joysound takes your musical experience up a notch by letting you connect instruments to your karaoke machine. Live out the ultimate rock star fantasy as you strum the guitar for your band! Visit the Shinagawa Konanguchi branch to try the new Railroad Karaoke Room. Here, you can sing your favorite tunes dressed up as a Japanese railway conductor in a train-themed box!

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Karaoke no Tetsujin (Karatetsu) (Oji)

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Equipped with the most popular karaoke models (DAM, Joysound, and UGA), every room at Karaoke no Tetsujin allows to you pick from over 200,000 songs! Footage of artists’ live performances even accompany some tunes, so you’ll feel like you’re right alongside them. You’re also well-equipped to last until the wee hours, as the place serves an extensive menu of light snacks, full meals, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • +81359025766
  • Fourth to Sixth Floors, KFC Oji Building, 1-16-6 Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Pasela Resorts (Shinjuku)

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Fans of Japanese anime and games are going to get extra hyped to sing, as Pasela Resorts collaborates with popular series and manga when designing rooms. There are also spaces inspired by the overarching tropical theme and traditional Japanese scenes. The award-winning karaoke box is more expensive than most chains, but the superb customer service and extensive song choices make it well worth it!

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Karaoke47

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Perched atop the Keio Plaza Hotel, Karaoke47 provides a sing-along experience complemented by spectacular views of the Tokyo skyline. Couple that with impressive hotel dishes and premium staff attendance—you’re off to a night worthy of world-class talents like yourself!

  • +81333440111
  • Keio Plaza Hotel, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Cote d'Azur (Ginza)

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Locals come to Cote d’Azur for the food just as much as they do for the karaoke. Indulge in a scrumptious pizza and pasta combo, paired with your refreshment of choice from over 160 kinds of soft drinks. The place also has a vibrant Pokémon Room, so feel free to bring the kids along and let them run wild!

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