Tokyo solo   一人で東京

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The Moomin Cafe, not far from Tokyo Dome, a curious companion keeps company singles.

At the Moomin cafe not far from the Tokyo Dome, a cute character offers company to lonely travelers.

Yakiniku in Tokyo

Yakiniku is Japanese bbq. Near Ueno, a restaurant offers individual booths to enjoy good yakiniku by yourself.

In Tokyo, there are many special karaoke rooms for lonely people.

In Tokyo, there are special karaoke rooms for people who want to sing solo!

Activities for singles

Tokyo is a wonderful city, but huge. While visiting alone can be fun, it can sometimes get lonely during meal times or in the evening. For those traveling alone, there are places to go to fill the void.

  • Moomin Café, mellow coffee
Drinking coffee and staring into space? Forget it! In a cafe near the Tokyo Dome, solo customers can enjoy a drink with some rather unusual company... a large stuffed toy character straight out of the Moomin series! The theme of the Moomin Café is based on these Finnish characters, which are still very popular in Japan. A coffee eye to eye with a cute moomin can make you forget the solitude.

Kasuga 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku. On the Marunouchi Line, get off at Korakuen. Open every day from 8:30am to 10pm.

  • Hitori Yakuniku, BBQ for one

Going to a crowded restaurant and eating alone while surrounded by groups can make you feel uncomfortable. The Hitori Yakiniku near Ueno is a restaurant especially for singles. It invites guests to try yakiniku, meat cooked on a grill in Japanese style, without worrying about others looking at you. Here, each customer has their own little booth. It's a little cramped, but it's fun and the meal is affordable.

6-8-17 Ueno, Taito-ku. On the Yamanote Line, get off at Ueno. Open every day from 11am to 2pm, and 5pm to midnight. Meat between 100 and 390円, special menu from 200円.

  • 1kara, Karaoke for one

Karaoke is a favorite Japanese activity. But singing all alone in a big empty room isn't much fun. Now, karaoke chains like 1kara, have invented hitori karaoke, karaoke for one. Each client has their own private space to sing their lungs out. As in conventional karaoke chains, there is a microphone, a screen, and a button to call the waitress, but also headphones, so as not to disturb the neighbors.

There are several rooms in Shibuya, Shinjuku and Kanda. Open 24/7. Between 240 and 450円 per half hour.

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