Fun and Delicious! 5 Recommended Entertainment Restaurants and Bars in Shinjuku
Shinjuku, where many restaurants are gathered, is also home to a lot of concept restaurants and izakaya (Japanese gastropubs) that feature elaborate entertaining shows and performances. Here are five recommended shops in the area where everybody can enjoy both the food and the shows.
1. The Lockup Shinjuku Branch
If you’re somebody who enjoys raucous parties, then you have to check out Lockup! When you enter this establishment that is filled with an exaggerated atmosphere, you will find yourself wondering what’s about to happen. But what’s out there is something you won’t know unless you really get inside and try this place. All the rooms are private rooms that are designed like prison cells, so your entry into this restaurant will surely be the start of a thrilling party! The menu is also very imaginative, with the drinks and food served only in containers and with appearances that you don’t usually see in your food. Further, monsters are constantly running around the customer areas, so there is no doubt that you will have fun with the monster attraction. If you reserve a room for a birthday or anniversary celebration, you just might be in for a surprise.
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2. Fishing Restaurant ZAUO Shinjuku Branch
Featuring a huge ship and a fish tank on the 1st floor of a hotel in the city, ZAUO is a restaurant where guests from kids to adults will be able to catch fish! The kind of fish that you get to eat here will depend on your own skill. The fishing rod is free to use, while the bait costs 108 JPY. The price of the fish will depend on the fish you catch, but this restaurant applies a system wherein the price of caught fish is cheaper than the price when it is ordered from the menu. You can even choose how you want the fresh fish you caught to be cooked, and some cooking options are sashimi, salt-grilled with salt, or deep-fried. Seats on the ship where people can directly fish and seats with a view of the bait are particularly popular among guests. Now this is an extremely famous restaurant, so you have to make a reservation before you come.
3. Alice in fantasy book
Alice in fantasy book is recommended for people who love a fantastic view of the world. When you visit this place, you will be welcomed by a gigantic picture book. Open its front cover and get lost in the mysterious world of Alice. Go inside this fantastic restaurant and enjoy the fine wines that were carefully selected by a sommelier, along with a variety of specialty cheeses. There are also a lot of dishes that have been inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Your spirits will be lifted even higher when you see the cuteness and opulence of the dishes that will be served to your table. Now, they also have free Wi-Fi, so why not post your reaction via SNS and other social media apps as soon as you get there? An English menu is also available.
4. Robot Restaurant
The Robot Restaurant is a popular sightseeing spot that showcases robot shows that reportedly cost as much as 10 billion yen to create. They have a strict reservations-only policy, and they charge extra for bento (boxed lunch), separate from the show charge (8,000 JPY (incl. tax)). Although it is classified as a restaurant, its main attraction is actually the shows rather than its food. With spectacular robot shows that continuously unfold right before your eyes and shows that allow audience participation, you can have an excitement-filled 90-minute stay in this restaurant. If you make your reservation on its official homepage or on Gurunavi, you might get a free coupon. However, you have to be careful because your reservation will be cancelled if you fail to show up at least 30 minutes before the start of the show. Further, they always have staff members there who speak English and Chinese.
5. Sengoku Buyuden Shinjuku Branch
This is an izakaya that is recommended for those who love samurai and are immersed in the feeling of the world of warriors who are remembered well in Japan’s history. At the entrance to this place, custom-built figures of armor and helmets of warriors who really existed are on display, creating another dimension that will make you feel like you have wandered into the Warring States period. With regard to the food, you have to try the healthy “Seiromushi,” which is local specialty food related to the samurai that has been steamed in a “seiro" (wickerwork container for steaming that is made from bamboo and wood). They will let you borrow an imitation sword for commemorative pictures, so take a photo of you looking like a samurai!
The above list contains restaurants and izakaya with entertainment where you can spend more time than you would usually spend in such places. Each shop offers different concepts and performances. All these places are located in the easily accessible Shinjuku area, so please visit these establishments and enjoy a special and magical time there.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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