When you visit a restaurant or cafe, it’s usually for the food and drink right? Well in Tokyo, it’s all about the experience, and believe me – we had some weird and wonderful dining experiences during our trip.
From cuddling a bunny to being handcuffed in a jail cell, things got a little weird at lunchtime in Japan’s quirky capital.
Here’s our 5 favourite weird and wonderful themed cafes in Tokyo:
If you’re going to visit one one wacky restaurant in Tokyo, it has got to be the Robot Restaurant. Here you’ll witness a sixty-minute ‘show’ full of bright lights, lasers and a lot of latex (oh and some robots driven by bikini-clad dancers.)
The Robot Restaurant, an LED explosion that cost over $1 million dollars to build, is famous for it’s gigantic fembots and bizarre cabaret making it one of the best themed cafes in Tokyo.
When it’s over you probably won’t be able to comprehend what just happened – but you will know that it had to be in Tokyo.
Price: Buy your ticket in advance from their official website. At Y8,000 it’s a little steep – but in our opinion, worth it for such a memorable experience. Eat before the show rather than adding the overpriced meal set to your ticket.
How to get there: From Shinjuku Station, take the West Exit and walk for 5 minutes – you can’t miss the entrance.
Zauo Fishing Restaurant
Fresh seafood is taken to a whole new level at Zauo, the fishing restaurant in Shinjuku where you catch your own lunch.
Once you’ve taken your seat in the giant wooden boat in the middle of the restaurant, you’ll be given a rod and bait ready to go fishing.
Your catch will be cooked however you choose, but not before your ‘victory’ celebration at the front of the restaurant.
Price: Around Y3000 per fish (it’s cheaper if you catch it yourself rather than ordering from the menu) the price list is clearly shown in the restaurant, click here to visit the website.
How to get there: Less than a 10 minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Entrance, check out google maps for full instructions.
Kawaii Monster Cafe
Prepare for your mind to be blown from the minute you step into Kawaii Monster Cafe, a fantasy world full of colour and well, weirdness.
The restaurant is divided into four themed areas: Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and Mel-Tea Room.
Don’t miss the monster show that takes place throughout the day on the cake-shaped carousel, the focal point in the room. The decorations make this one of the best themed cafes in Tokyo.
Price: There is a table charge of Y500, although we didn’t have to pay this as we had a coupon – make sure you check google for any coupons before you visit. Drinks are priced around Y700 and food Y800-Y1000 (the food is quite a colourful spectacle in itself!)
Click here to make a reservation on the Monster Cafe website.
How to get there: The cafe is located in Harajuku, click here for full instructions on how to get there.
From fur to feathers, you can stroke some unusual species at one of the many animal cafes in Tokyo.
As we’d already visited dog and cat cafes in Korea, we decided to check out a rabbit cafe and an owl cafe.
Forest of Owls (Owl no Mori)
One of the newer and more reasonably priced owl cafes in Tokyo, Owl no Mori is home to over a dozen birds including eagle owls and tawny owls.
Upon entering a staff member will explain to you how to handle the owls properly.
It was a great way for us to interact with owls, a bird we’d never been able to see up close.
Price: Y890 entrance fee which includes a soft drink. Owl no Mori is open from 13:00pm-23:00pm.
How to get there: Click here to visit the official website where there is a map and directions to the cafe.
Ra.a.g.f Rabbit Cafe
What better way to cure a hangover than to cuddle a big fluffy rabbit?
This backstreet bunny cafe in Harajuku is home to around a dozen rabbits who you can pet, feed and play with. This has to be one of the cutest themed cafes in Tokyo.
The rabbits are switched every hour ensuring they get plenty of rest throughout the day.
Price: Y700 for first thirty minutes or Y1100 for first hour.
How to get there: Take the A7 exit from Harajuku Station and follow this map.
Modelled after a prison hospital, this house-of-horrors style restaurant is a must-visit for drinks after dark.
Once you arrive, an eery nurse will be waiting to lead you to your prison cell. From there you must bang on the bars of your cell to order your drinks, which are served out of syringes, test tubes and prosthetic heads.
Without giving too much away – prepare yourself for one of the frightening ‘shows’ that take place throughout the evening.
Price: There is a table charge of Y500, and you can expect to pay Y700-Y800 for one of the medical themed cocktails, we didn’t bother with food. Alcatraz E.R is open from 17:00pm, click here to visit their website.
How to get there: A 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station on the 2nd floor in the ‘Harvest Building.’ Check out google maps for clear walking instructions.
Can you recommend any themed cafes in Tokyo that aren’t on our list?
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