10 Wild Restaurants You Should Try in Japan
1. Kawaii Monster Café
This restaurant’s “monsters” girls, which look more like cartoon characters than monsters and will put on a show while you enjoy your dinner. There are four sections of the restaurant divided up into different themes: Milk stand, Bar experiment, the Mel-Tea Room and the Mushroom Disco. If you’re a sucker for sweet things, you’ll enjoy their menu which consists mostly of cakes and sodas.
2. Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant
This restaurant is one of many Alice in Wonderland themed cafés throughout Japan. The wait staff dressed like Alice and other characters will lead you into a magical atmosphere where you will find entrees resembling caterpillars and the cheshire cat. This restaurant is particularly known for its Cheshire Cat special dessert of which only five are baked daily.
3. The Lockup Restaurant
If you’re looking for a terrifying twist to your dining experience, this is the restaurant for you. In each party, at least one member is handcuffed and then led down to prison cell to their table. A blackout occurs three times a night as well as a monster performance.
4. Alcatraz ER
This prison hospital themed restaurant is also quite disturbing. Similar to the Lockup, guests are handcuffed and led to their cell. To get the attention of the wait staff, they must bang a metal pipe against the cell bars. During your visit the lights will go off and sirens sound, alerting guests insane prisoners are on the loose.
5. Vampire Cafe
Dark red blood cells are printed on the carpet, blood is smeared onto mirrors and paintings, a large coffin is displayed in the middle of the dark restaurant, it is as if you are dining in the middle of Dracula’s lair. You can expect the waitstaff to speak in a Dracula-like tone and your meal to come served in the shape of a cross, with a stake through the middle of it, or in a similar manner.
6. Zauo Fishing Restaurant
Guests can dine in the center of this restaurant in the giant wooden boat or on the other side of the moat that surrounds it. Filled with fish, guests must catch their dinner from the moat using a fishing rod. Whatever you catch is what you end up eating, you can’t throw it back in.
7. The Shiner
If you’re looking for some casual and fun street food, this is perfect for you! Home of the rainbow grilled cheese sandwich and now serving rainbow ice cream you can enjoy quite a colorful snack!
8. Robot Restaurant
Metallic, reflective walls on all sides, bright colorful lights bouncing all over the room, and J-pop music blaring, this restaurant is a bit of a sensory overload. Performers dressed as ninjas, dragons, and robots will put on an energetic show filled with dancing and singing. If you’re planning to pay a visit, it is a good idea to reserve tickets ahead of time.
9. Animal Cafes
Are you an animal lover? You are in luck! There is a wide array of animal cafes throughout Japan. Enjoy sitting back and enjoying a drink or meal while you pet or hold some cute creatures. Just make sure you do your research and avoid cafes that exploit the animals, look instead for animal cafes with rescued animals.
10. Try Teppanyaki
Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of cooking where chefs cook on grills in front of guests. Have your food thrown at you and catch it using your bowl! Try Teppanyaki on INTRO travel’s Japan Adventure tour!
For the adventurous eater, Japan is a perfect destination! With so many strange restaurants to try, it is hard to sit down to a boring meal!