Fembots, scantily-clad taiko drummers, battling transformers…okay, I admit the Robot Restaurant is more like Vegas on steroids than ye olde Nippon, but you’ve really gotta see this extravaganza once in your life!
Even the waiting lounge is entertaining – every nook and cranny is paved with flashing lights, shiny baubles, and wall-to-wall video screens showing rather puzzling footage of scantily clad women on horses kitted out in Crusader-like draperies.
And the toilet: it does not disappoint.
The Robot Restaurant show runs about two hours, including waiting time in the bar beforehand. I actually think they ought to put quotes around the word “restaurant,” because the rather small bento box and half bottle of tea included in the price of admission (¥5000 per person) bears about as much resemblance to a real meal as airline food, although is it marginally more edible. Before and during the show, before the show they sell a limited selection of alcoholic drinks at fairly reasonable prices (¥500 for a draft beer, for example). More info, and telephone number for reservations here. A map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!