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Karaoke in Tokyo

Karaoke in Tokyo

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.