Truly Tokyo

Tokyo, Musashino, Urayasu

Robot-themed dinner-and-a-show joints, over-the-top kawaii (かわいい, cute) cafes, quirky animal restaurants—you name it, Tokyo probably has it! The city cements itself as an alternate world. For the curious and willing, it’s a universe set to impress with anything inventive, surreal, and, at times, downright insane. Prepare yourselves—it’s time to enter the wormhole of Japan’s craziest!

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Robot Restaurant

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

A night at Robot Restaurant usually entails giant fighting androids, bizarrely-dressed characters, and robotic space animals. Take a seat to lap up the techno cabaret—a cheesy performance injected with synchronized dancing, and ridiculous plays of fireworks and laser beams. Arrive at least an hour before the show to secure a seat, and to grab a few pre-game drinks at the psychedelic waiting lounge!

  • +81332005500
  • 1-7-7 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都 新宿区 歌舞伎町 1-7-1 新宿ロボットビル B2F

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Maidreamin (Shibuya)

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

Maid cafes are restaurants where waitresses wear adorable maid costumes, and treat guests like masters. You’ll find many of these in Tokyo, but Maidreamin’s Shibuya branch is specially unique because of its video game-esque feel. Ready your cameras, because food comes in kawaii (かわいい, cute) designs, like rice shaped like bears tucked into an omelette blanket!

  • +81364278398
  • First Floor, Horaiya Building, 30-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan

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Sakuragaoka Cafe

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

Sakuragaoka Cafe is your typical neighborhood joint, except it houses two goats: Sakura and Chocolat. Ask for food from the counter to feed the farm animals who (when coaxed) shoot their heads through their cage to move closer to you. On certain days a week, you may book some time to take them for a little walking session!

  • +81357283242
  • Shinoda Building, 23-3 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku

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Let a “Monster Girl” usher you into the four areas of the whimsical Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku: the colorful fungi-forested Mushroom Disco; the Milk Stand with its decor of huge animal heads drinking from baby bottles; the luminous jellyfish-themed Bar Experiment; or the sweet-looking Mel-Tea Room. The restaurant’s menu follows the trippy motif, so brace yourself for rainbow-hued pasta, exploding cocktails, and outrageous parfaits!

  • +81354136142
  • Fourth Floor, YM Square Bldg, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前4丁目31−10 YM スクエア 4F

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Alcatraz ER

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

Stay calm when the nurse (who’s actually a waitress) handcuffs you upon arrival—it’s all part of Alcatraz ER’s corrupt mental institution setting! Savor dishes that resemble innards, beers served in bedpans, and dessert on sanitary pads in cramped prison cells. Up for more? Pick up the iron bar and rake it against the bars like a true jailbird to call the staff. The joint also hosts interactive shows involving giant syringes and phallic symbols, so it goes without saying: adults only here!

  • +81337707100
  • Tokyo Harvest Building, 2-13-5 Harugasaka, Shibuya- ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Ninja Akasaka

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

Ninja Akasaka calls back to Japan’s feudal period, so the ninja guiding you to your seat makes total sense. Peruse through the scroll menu, and try to catch your waiter’s disappearing act. Ring the buzzer under your table to summon him back, and he’ll return seemingly out of thin air! Enjoy a modern ninja-themed Japanese meal, which comes with magic and even sword tricks.

  • +81351573936
  • Akasaka Tokyu Plaza, 2-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    東京都千代田区永田町2-14-3 東急プラザ赤坂 1F

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Yurei

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Musashino, Japan • Recommendation • 

Put on a brave face to survive the eerie gimmicks of horror-themed Yurei. To summon the Japanese ghost waitress, strike the Buddhist prayer bowl and wave the bloody severed hand. Get the Cremation Pyre Spareribs, which is brought on a sizzling plate, then doused with alcohol for a fiery show! Wear a costume during your visit (a wacky hat will do) and you might just charm the undead for some free dessert!

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  • 1-8-11 Kichijojiminamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, Japan

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ZAUO Fishing Restaurant (Shinjuku)

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ZAUO Fishing Restaurant knows that seafood is best enjoyed when fresh—that’s why here, you get to catch your own dinner! You’ll be given a rod (or a net) and some bait to fish from the aquarium surrounding the boat-shaped dining area. Have it sashimi-style, or give it to the waiters to have it cooked the way you want it. When the creatures refuse to bite, just order from the menu instead!

  • +81333436622
  • Shinjuku Washington Hotel, 3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Ikefukurou Cafe

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Japan has a number of animal cafes: cats, reptiles, and even hedgehogs. Ikefukurou Cafe, however, takes it up a notch by bringing owls into the metropolis! The cafe is mostly for wildlife encounters, but you’ll overlook that once you start holding your new wide-eyed fluffy friends—some even came from abroad! Reservations are necessary, so don’t hesitate and shoot them an e-mail.

  • +81359048344
  • 1-17-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Ryogoku Happyakuyacho Hananomai

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Urayasu, Japan • Recommendation • 

Ryogoku Happyakuyacho Hananomai brings Japan’s sumo wrestling tradition to Tokyo! Book in advance to gorge on tabehodai (食べ放題, all-you-can-eat) and nomohidai (飲み放題, all-you-can-drink) options, putting your inner sumo appetite to the test! There’s also an a la carte menu for lighter eaters. Check the website before coming, since matches are irregularly scheduled. Keep an eye out for yaguradaiko (櫓太鼓, やぐらだいこ, Japanese barrel drum performance) and kappore (かっぽれ, traditional comic dance) shows as well!

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Purikura No Mecca

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 

Capture the eccentricity of Japan at Purikura no Mecca, an arcade filled with endless rows of photo booths. Before you start posing, get the hang of decorating with tons of customization options! Each pod features different quirks, so try a few ones first. Your prints may end up doe-eyed and long-lashed, backdropped by vibrant sparkles, or distorted into weird shapes. Whatever the result, these pictures make for great souvenirs!

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