8 Fun and Memorable Themed Restaurants in Tokyo

Japan has a reputation being both hip and also bizarre--these dining experiences live up to that reputation and then some.

8 Fun and Memorable Themed Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo > Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant: An overload of futuristic fantasy

Robot Restaurant: An overload of futuristic fantasy
Robot Restaurant: An overload of futuristic fantasy

The Robot Restaurant sports all the bells and whistles you would expect from a country famed for its cutting edge robotics technology, with a generous amount scifi-inspired of gaudy theatrics. The robot show is loud, high energy, and full of lasers and neone lights; it's a fun memory you won't soon forget and one of Tokyo's most popular attractions for travelers.

Tokyo > Akihabara

Maid Cafes: An anime-inspired dining experience

Maid Cafes: An anime-inspired dining experience
Maid Cafes: An anime-inspired dining experience

Akihabara is the mothership of Japan's "otaku" culture, where fans of manga, anime, and video games flock to to explore their obsession, which often feature cute and spunky maids. Waitresses at maid cafes play the role of the maid and are costumed accordingly, while cafe patrons are treated like the master of a private home. Perhaps the experience is a little bizarre to the unintiated, but checking out a maid cafe can be a fun adventure.

Tokyo > Ikebukuro

Swallowtail Butler Cafe: Be waited on like a princess (or prince)

Swallowtail Butler Cafe: Be waited on like a princess (or prince)
Swallowtail Butler Cafe: Be waited on like a princess (or prince)

Just as maid cafes have become increasingly prevalent in Japan's bigger cities, so have butler cafes. Tucked away in Ikebukuro, the very popular Swallowtail Butler Cafe seems like an oasis of Victorian indulgence. The butlers here are dressed quite dapper and dote on the predominately female clientele (male customers are also quite welcome). Expect to be pampered like the prince or princess you are!

Tokyo > Shinjuku

Alice in Fantasy Book: Dinner down the rabbit hole

Alice in Fantasy Book: Dinner down the rabbit hole
Alice in Fantasy Book: Dinner down the rabbit hole

Fans of Lewis Carroll the world over might do well to make a stop at this Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant. Perhaps one of the most whimsical dining experiences you can have in Tokyo, each part of the interior seems like it was pulled straight from the pages of Through the Looking Glass, and the menu is just as charming and eccentric.

Tokyo > Ginza

Vampire Cafe: Dinner with the undead

Vampire Cafe: Dinner with the undead
Vampire Cafe: Dinner with the undead

It doesn't seem like our worldwide preoccupation with vampires is going to end any time soon, so why not live it up at this vampire-themed cafe restaurant, where the atmosphere takes its cues from the castle of Count Dracula, romantic, dark, and moody. Each dish and drink on the menu has its own vampiric twist and even the servers play the part as "vampire maids", dressed to the nines in gothic lolita attire.

Tokyo > Shibuya

The Lockup: Play prisoner while you eat

The Lockup: Play prisoner while you eat
The Lockup: Play prisoner while you eat

Things can get wacky at this spooky restaurant where the theme is prison meets haunted house meets mad scientist. Not for the faint of heart, your dining experience will include a horror show. You also get to dine in your own private prison cell, bars and all! Expect handcuffs, some encounters with zombies, and a rather adventurous menu of inspired cocktails and ghoulish delights.

Tokyo > Shinjuku

Zauo: Fish for your dinner

Zauo: Fish for your dinner
Zauo: Fish for your dinner

If you like your fish fresh, why don't you fish for it? Zauo gives diners just that opportunity. Equipped with a fishing pole and bait, you can sit atop of the boat-like fishing area and try your luck in the fish-filled moat. Once you catch your fish, just tell the staff how you'd like them to cook it for you. Fear not, if you fail to catch a fish, you can still order one off the menu.

Tokyo > Shinjuku

Sengoku Buyuden:

Sengoku Buyuden:
Sengoku Buyuden:

Travel back to Japan's "Sengoku" Warring States period (1467-1603) at this history-themed izakaya restaurant. Back in the Sengoku days, Japan was constantly in a state of political upheaval and civil war as feudal lords vied for control of the country. The samurai-inspired decor features replicas of armor and battle flags and the seasonally-changing menu is hearty and satisfying, so you can pretend to dine like a samurai warlord!

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