Do you know Aggretsuko? She is a red panda that copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work. Maybe we can all relate to Aggretsuko.
In Japan, especially in Tokyo, it’s very easy to find a karaoke place. Karaoke is a popular activity among people in Japan. It's not strange at all in Japan to rent an entire karaoke room for oneself (now we know why Retsuko likes to karaoke by herself o(>ω<)o. Like other Japanese establishments that have unique themes, you can find many unique karaoke places in Tokyo.
We have compiled the top 5 most amazing and unique karaoke places in Tokyo for you below.
Rainbow Karaoke for some reason is particularly popular among students in university and high school, particularly around 3 pm when classes end. Around these hours, it gets quite crowded and you might have to wait to get a room. Their rooms are all uniquely decorated, and every room has a different theme. They even have a room with a drum-set so it is the perfect place to go if you want to let it all out.
Do you have a secret passion to be a real singer? You can try it out at Fiesta! They have livehouse equipment (Shure & Audix mics, woofers, etc.) and a professional sound engineer that works for various famous artists! They also have over 26,000 songs, including both past and present hits. We can say that there is no song that this karaoke bar does not have.
Karaoke 47 at Keio Plaza Hotel
You can sing while enjoying views of the city from the 47th floor of the main tower at the Keio Plaza Hotel. While there are only 4 rooms, each offers a panoramic view of the Shinjuku neighborhood and the metropolis beyond. This is truly a 5-star karaoke experience!
Live Lounge Taketora
Sing your heart out at Live Lounge Taketora! You can fulfill all your rock fantasies by singing live with a band! In addition to a full band, they have lasers, smoke machines and your face will be projected onto a huge flat-screen TV, on which onlookers can take in the full majesty of your performance.
Bar PHANTOM Club
Bar PHANTOM Club is small cozy bar that allows only anime music. You can enjoy sake while listening to a lot of people singing their favorite anime theme songs. The sound system also is really good! It’s perfect for anyone who loves anime and singing!
Before booking a karaoke room in Japan, there are a few things you should know first. Firstly, the price system at karaoke boxes is basically the same for all major chains and is listed below. Usually there are two price lists: price per 30-minute blocks and prices for a "free time" session. Outside of the peak hours, usually weekdays from opening time to about 6 or 7 PM, the 30-minute blocks can be as cheap as ¥100. If you go on the weekend or after 7 PM, the prices can easily go up to ¥400.
Nearly all karaoke places have a free time option. The price also varies according to the time of day and week. Outside of the peak hours, you can have the free time option for as little as ¥1,000. If you go during peak hours, however (after 7 PM and on weekends), free time prices can easily triple. Secondly, nearly all karaoke chains have an all-you-can-drink (alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks) option that you can even combine with a free time session. These are usually the cost of three drinks (about ¥1,500).
It’s looks very interesting to have karaoke experience in Japan right? Do you like to sing? Which song genre that you like to sing? Let us know.