🤖 ROBOT RESTAURANT ‼️
This post is the thirteenth and final in a series on our honeymoon trip in Japan (two posts about visiting Seoul bring the total to fifteen). My previous post was about visiting a restaurant named Obana, which specialises in eel dishes. You can find all our honeymoon-related posts on my blog at #thecookeshoneymoon. ☺
I left this episode of our honeymoon for last. 🤣 I think it’s because this felt appropriate, many people have heard of the Robot Restaurant in the area of Kabukicho in Tokyo, Japan – and the wacky experience it delivers. I also low-key kept raving about it in my previous posts, we visited Robot Restaurant on the last evening of our trip, and I just wanted to end it with a bang. 💥
There were a few tiny bits and pieces that I did not cover over the #thecookeshoneymoon series. These were minor events that I didn’t feel were worth blogging about (such as the Shinagawa Aquarium we visited on our last day because it rained, some places we ate at, and so on). Despite wanting to blog about our travels as soon as possible, I ended up writing a few posts during our trip and a lot of them a month, then two months, then eventually, now, four months later. When this happened, I feel that it caused me to look back and really write about the highlights and important parts of our trip, bundling related things together, or dedicating single blog posts to one attraction (like the one about the maid cafe and my previous post about the restaurant Obana). I feel that the regular way of writing a daily recap doesn’t always appeal – I should stress that I am not against it at all, and won’t stop writing posts like those when it comes to travel – but changing things up a bit really doesn’t hurt.
Not to mention, I never really wrote about the few weeks I stayed in Perth last July when I busied myself so much that I stopped blogging as often. But it’s not like anybody asked. So what am I saying? I’m saying if you’re a blogger, and you feel you have an intense backlog, just breathe and let it go. You don’t have to write about every damned thing. ✌
OK, to the point. ROBOT RESTAURANT! Yes!
We visited the infamous restaurant on the last night of our honeymoon. We had to buy tickets in advance, but it wasn’t much of an issue and could easily be purchased online. They were about $75 (AUD), which is pricey, but I’ve been to shows that have cost over $100, so I couldn’t really complain. I think we just didn’t really know what to expect.
The Robot Restaurant had been featured in so many YouTube videos we saw, people on the internet raved about it, and famous people visited Robot Restaurant too. People would mention that you should definitely check it out, but they weren’t even really able to describe what they saw.
Although it’s called Robot Restaurant, it isn’t much of a restaurant. The interior decor is insanely colourful and bright. Even the toilet… 😜
When you buy a ticket, you are buying a ticket to a show. Before we went into the show/stage area, which is located in a basement, we hung around at a bar on the ground level. It was obvious that there were many tourists and non-Japanese people visiting. A man actually approached us and asked if we spoke English – I suppose he was looking for some people to connect with. He said, “Do you know what you’re in for?”
We laughed and said no, and he said he didn’t know either, and that someone simply told him he “had to see it”. 🤖😏
The show has many robots that are about three to four times the height of an average person. Parts of the show tell stories, some of them depict fighting and war (in a fun way), while other parts are primarily dancing segments. The robots are accompanied by performers dressed in colourful costumes. The performers not only danced, but sang and played some percussion.
There is a lot of music and the show is performed with limited lighting. A lot of the lighting comes from the costumes and the robots.
It was an entertaining show, it was probably around 90 minutes long with some breaks in between segments. We were encouraged to buy glow sticks and drinks in flashy light bulb cups (yeah, I bought one, haha), and to partake in the experience.
There was quite a lot of music, but my favourite part was a Michael Jackson inspired segment. I could tell it was going to be his music when I heard it starting up before the performance.
I’m not really itching to go back, but it’s an experience you should make the time for, just once, if you find yourself in Tokyo.
Thank you for holding out for so long for all my posts about our honeymoon! If you read through them all, thank you so much for reading! 🙏 I can tell you, I’m exhausted after writing all about it, and I am so glad I’m done. 😅
Links to all the posts in the series are at the end of this blog post. Let me know if you enjoyed these posts and if they make you want to head on over to Japan. 🙌 If you have any feedback about the style in which I’ve written some of these posts, let me know, likewise if you have any suggestions let me know too. 💕
Other posts in this series:
- Seoul adventures, part 1 🇰🇷
- Seoul adventures, part 2 🇰🇷
- 🇯🇵 大阪市 (Ōsaka)
- 🇯🇵 Day trip to 広島 (Hiroshima) and 神戸市 (Kōbe)
- 🇯🇵 京都 (Kyōto)
- This is Gujo, a place in Japan you’ve probably never heard of
- Hello Hakone, home of hot springs
- 🇯🇵 Shinjuku: Golden Gai and “Piss Alley”
- 🇯🇵 Harajuku: Takeshita Street and Kawaii Monster Café
- Visiting a maid café in Akihabara
- Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea
- 🇯🇵 Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza & Roppongi
- 🇯🇵 Shibuya, Odaiba, Ikebukuro & Asakusa
- 🍽 Best eel in Tokyo, at Obana (尾花)