A trip to Tokyo isn’t complete without a night of karaoke. Unlike its Western counterpart, karaoke in Japan takes place with friends in a private room rather than a crowded bar, with themes ranging from the basic to the bizarre. Here’s what you need to know.
Choose from a massive catalogue of both Japanese and English songs.
You can order drinks and snacks, just like you would at a traditional bar.
Karaoke booths are typically rented by the hour.
Each booth comes equipped with a TV and speaker system.
For something different, rent a karaoke hot tub, or choose a venue specializing in anime music or cosplay.
Some of the city’s best karaoke bars can be found in Shinjuku, Roppongi, and Shibuya.
Popular venues include Big Echo in Ginza, Shidax and Lovenet in Roppongi, Uta Hiroba in Shibuya, and Karaoke Kan, a popular karaoke chain with locations throughout Tokyo.