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Haunted Prison Restaurant? Yes, Please!

 

Abandon sanity, all ye who enter here!
Abandon sanity, all ye who enter here!

Do you even have to ask? Of course Tokyo has a restaurant where you get locked into a cell and made to drink cocktails with eyeballs in them!

The creepiness grabs hold of you the second you figure out how to get through the hidden door and head down into the Lock-Up's dungeon.
The creepiness grabs hold of you the second you figure out how to get through the hidden door and head down into the Lock-Up’s dungeon.
Inside, a prison guard promptly whips your most dangerous-looking team member into a pair of handcuffs and marches you to your grimy-lookin' cell...
Inside, a prison guard promptly whips your most dangerous-looking team member into a pair of handcuffs and marches you to your grimy-lookin’ cell…
...where you're forced to mix your own alcoholic experiment from a selection of test tubes, and down cocktails made from...well, best not to know.
…where you’re forced to mix your own alcoholic experiment from a selection of test tubes, and down cocktails made from…well, best not to know.
If you've been especially bad, you're made to take your medicine from a rusty IV stand...
If you’ve been especially bad, you’re made to take your medicine from a rusty IV stand…
...and eat bloody eyeball eggs until the monsters arrive!
…and eat bloody eyeball eggs until the monsters arrive!

Every group gets their own private cell, and each seating features a monster show with live cast members roaming the prison. Food is fairly decent, with well-executed prison-themed names and styling. The drinks were awesomely photo-worthy, but super sweet, so be warned. (A big plus is that they offered non-alcoholic versions of the best ones, so kids and non-drinkers could be punished I mean get in on the fun too.) Menu is only in Japanese, but it has pictures, so ordering isn’t a problem. There are three locations in Tokyo – Shibuya, Shinjuku & Ikebukuro – and reservations are a must. Here’s the reservations number for all three restaurants: 03-5728-7731.

If you’d like to go to the Lock-Up the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps to the Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro locations are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Special thanks to my friend Kendall Bailey, for being the sacrificial prisoner!

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Jonelle Patrick View All

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!

4 thoughts on “Haunted Prison Restaurant? Yes, Please! Leave a comment

  1. Not sure it still exists but there is a similar “weird” experience restaurant in Ginza, the Alice in Wonderland diner. It was over a decade since I went though. (^-^;) And of course, a second one in Ikebukuro (haven’t been past that one for two or three years).

    • You’re inspiring me to do an Alice restaurant comparative tour the next time I’m in town! There’s apparently a big Alice restaurant in (who knew?) the Halc building next to Shinjuku station too. (This is actually a long overdue pilgrimage, and kind of a professional lapse on my part, since all my books feature a fictional bar called the Mad Hatter. It’s decorated with the owner’s collection of Alice figures that include Gundam robots, Atom Boys and Totoros, all kitted out in blond curls and blue pinafores. But I’m quite sure the real cafes are much weirder, and I could elaborate on this location in much more exotic ways if I checked them out!) ^^;;

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