The best karaoke bars in Tokyo 東京の5カラオケ
Cote D'Azur Karaoke Ginza
The "cave" room at Fiora karaoke
The entrance to Karaoke Kan in Shibuya.
An essential activity in Japan: Karaoke
What song do you pick? During your visit to Tokyo you must try karaoke. Discover our top five karaoke bars for an evening filled with music!
Karaoke in Japan: How does it work?
In Japan, karaoke is a real institution, a hobby that is practiced with friends regularly. There are bars incorporating karaoke, the most common karaoke bar is very different from what we know overseas, and comes in the form of a private room. Inside the room are benches that face the screen, you can also have drinks and snacks in addition to singing, sometimes at will depending on the bar chosen.
Karaoke chains are numerous in all major Japanese cities, but the most common and most famous are KaraokeKan, Big Echo, Shidax, Uta Hiroba or French Riviera.
Regarding pricing, you have several options: you will have the choice between paying for half an hour or requesting free time, that is to say without time restriction until the establishment closes (usually around 5am!).
Be aware that prices vary depending on the time (day or night), but also on the day of the week, Friday and Saturday being the most expensive days. Drinks must be ordered by phone from your box, individually, or by choosing the unlimited option beforehand. The prices vary a lot according to the chains, but also the establishments.
Here are five karaoke bars where you can sing to your heart's content, from inexpensive establishments to luxurious karaoke, including the most original.
Film Lost in translation
Credit: Lost in Translation / Focus Features
The entrance to Karaoke Kan in Shibuya.
Karaoke Kan Shibuya
The most famous karaoke in Tokyo among foreigners was made famous after appearing in the film "Lost in Translation" in the famous karaoke scene. Located in the heart of Shibuya, it allows you to spend a frenzied evening after an afternoon of shopping. You can even request one of the two rooms (601 and 602) where the scenes were filmed. This karaoke is clean and modern, but also very comfortable like all Karaoke Kan establishments which remain a safe bet.
Address: 30-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo
A "Pasela Resorts" Karaoke in the otaku district. This establishment is famous for its small dishes, in particular its desserts and pastries with honey. The chain is also known for offering rooms with original decoration, in the theme of manga, anime and video games. The otaku will visit especially to see the rooms dedicated to Evangelion or Monster Hunter.
- Address: 1 Chome-6-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021
Uta Hiroba Shibuya
The Uta Hiroba chain is known for its affordable prices throughout Japan. The rooms can be very small, and the decor basic, but the cost per half-hour, as well as the price of drinks, is cheap. There are several Uta Hiroba karaokes in Shibuya, the prices of which vary slightly between them. The main establishment is a short walk from 109, a large shopping center. It will cost you around 2,000 yen (€ 16) per person for 2 hours of singing with unlimited drinks. In case of congestion, there is a secondary building just around the corner.
- Address: 27−6, 5F, Udagawachō, Shibuya, 150-0042 Tokyo
Cote D'Azur Ginza
A very chic karaoke, with comfortable private rooms and luxurious decoration. Located right next to Ginza metro station, in the famous district of the same name, this establishment allows singing in a pleasant setting. The quality on the catering side is also a cut above popular chains such as Big Echo or KaraokeKan. Billiards and darts are also available between two songs.
- Address: 7-2-22 Ginza Ginza Dowa Bldg. B1F, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo
Fiora Aria blu Roppongi
A karaoke with an excellent reputation, as its service and its rooms, are of quality. The latter follow themes, such as botanical garden or cave, and some even offer jacuzzi and foot baths to relax while you're singing. The food in offer is also very good quality. The cost will be higher, but you know you're going to have a good evening.
- Address: 5-1-3 Roppongi Goto Bldg. 1st-3F, Minato, 106-0032, Tokyo