Updated: February 25, 2019
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10 Of The Weirdest Restaurants In Tokyo

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Looking for something bizarre and unique in Tokyo? These restaurants shouldn't disappoint. From popular themed restaurants to excentric ramen joints and fishing restaurants, there's something here for everyone.

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Boob Ramen

Most people know about ramen culture in Japan, however, a little-known area of Japanese nightlife is "snack" culture. A "snack" is essentially a little bar or izakaya usually run by one person, a woman. Her customers will usually call her "mama" and is an endearing term used by regulars.

The "mama" at this place is named Takako. She runs it by herself and seems to be a popular personality in the area by the seemingly hoards of customers heading her way for the ramen... *cough* boobs *cough*.

Fishing Restaurant Zauo

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For a totally unique experience in Tokyo, you could try Zauo fishing restaurant. You literally catch your own dinner from basins. It may take up to 15 minutes to get your fish but while you wait, you can always order some drinks and appetizers. Once you caught one, you tell the staff how you'd like it prepared (have it cooked or raw) and a few minutes later it'll be served to you in a beautiful platter!
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Alice In Wonderland Restaurant

The Alice in Wonderland restaurant near the west exit of Shinjuku station is a fun themed restaurant for any fan of the classic story. You can get lunch there for around ¥1,000 to ¥1,500. Make sure to try one of their super cute desserts too while you're there.

In the evening, the place is also popular for large groups because you can reserve private rooms and have a multi-course meal. All-you-can-drink options are also available.

Coffee Ramen at "Aroma"

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Located in the east end of Tokyo, near the Ohanajaya Station, you'll find Aroma cafe which serves arguably one of the most bizarre kind of ramen in Japan: coffee ramen. The impactful menu item contains the most unlikely combination of ingredients; you'll find in it some bananas, eggs, and ice cream just to name a few things. As for the broth, it's not pure coffee, but a mix of salty broth with some coffee in it. Coffee ramen is not everyone's cup of tea but apparently, there are some fans that love the combination of the bitterness of the coffee and savouriness of the soup stock.
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Kawaii Monster Cafe

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Kawaii Monter Cafe is a flagship resto of Harajuku. It's conceptually an homage to the unique and crazy street fashion the area is famous for. You are greeted by the monster girls as you walk in and you will be accompanied to one of the four unique sections of the resto.

There is a 500 yen cover charge, however, it is free if you have a pass.

The menu is all kinds of cute. They have both sweets and savoury dishes that will overwhelm you with their colours.

At night, this place transforms into a kind of burlesque show, or more like an entertainment resto.
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The Lockup Restaurant

The Lockup is a jail/horror themed restaurant straight from all your nightmares. Complete with jail cells and original themed cocktails and horror inspired food, Lockup makes an awesome night out in Tokyo.

Zakuro Turkish Restaurant

Middle-Eastern restaurants are rare in Japan, and Zakuro is an odd one among the few. For starters, the restaurant doubles as a Turkish lamp shop so the ceiling is covered with lamps. Also, you eat on the carpet-covered floor with other customers right next to you. The staff is incredibly friendly and doesn't have much inhibition, which contrasts a lot with the polite and reserved Japanese hospitality. As for the food, it's really excellent and cheap! They have all-you-can-eat courses lunch course for just ¥1,000 and a dinner one for ¥2,000.

One last thing, you can also smoke shisha there.

Kome to Circus Izakaya

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Scorpion-infused vodka, wasp larvae, smoked alligator meat and raccoon are some example among the many unusual things you can order at Kome to Circus in Takadanobaba. The izakaya is located on a back alley near Takadanobaba station.

There are two floors. The first floor has a counter and the second floor has a few tables. There are also a couple of seats outside. The place isn't big but it has a lot of character.
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Akabane Reien

Akabane Reien is located at a 2-minute walk from the Akabane-Iwabuchi Station and a 4-minute walk from the Akabane Station. You probably won't miss this place as the whole exterior of the shop is covered with skulls. Reien, which means cemetery in Japanese, is what is known as an "obake izakaya" (ghost tavern). Go there for cheap drinks, karaoke and the novelty of being in a weird ghost-themed bar that's really over the top.

Vampire Cafe

This cafe with blood-red decor is no doubt one of the most impactful ones in chick Ginza - where else in Ginza can you find blood-stained mirrors? The price is pretty good for an elaborate-themed cafe, which are usually expensive. You can have, for instance, a 6-course meal for ¥3,500. This doesn't include the drinks. For an all-you-can-drink option, you'll have to add another ¥3,000. The different kinds of vampire-themed cocktails is one of the best things about this izakaya.

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