Karaoke is one of the most beloved forms of entertainment in Japan. Everyone from teens to seniors can enjoy it, as it’s both a fun activity to do with friends and a nice way of getting rid of the stress after a long day of work. The unique thing about Japanese karaoke establishments is that they offer individual booths so that even introverts and people who aren’t that confident in their singing skills can enjoy themselves. Today, we’re taking a look at the top 8 karaoke chains you can find in Japan, and what you should expect from each of them.
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Utahiroba is one of the most popular cheap karaoke establishments in all of Japan. They offer all-you-can-drink options and charge between ¥140 and ¥500 per 30 minutes. They also offer all sorts of snacks to go with your drink, usually things you’d find in Japanese izakaya. As if the place wasn’t already cheap, they offer all sorts of deals and discounts – ¥580 for a lunch meal and 2 hours of karaoke, and 10% off if you make a reservation in advance.
Karaokekan is probably one of the most famous karaoke chains in Japan. Their blue and red neon logo is easy to spot and recognize, and their service is known to be above the industry standard. They have an extensive menu of both foods and drinks, including Western dishes like pasta and pizza, and a variety of rooms to choose from – from regular booths to VIP rooms and even large, party-sized ones.
3. Big Echo
Big Echo is the biggest karaoke chain in Japan, and it offers a number of unique features, such as themed rooms (usually decorated in a certain style, such as traditional Japanese or kawaii), and little props for taking pictures, such as seifuku uniform tops and funny hats. They also take pride in having a huge range of anime and English songs, which makes Big Echo very popular with young people.
Name: Big Echo
Address:25-2 Udagawacho | Denen Bldg., Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo
Business hour: Every day, 1pm-5am
Phone number: (+81)3-5728-7676
4. Maneki Neko
Maneki Neko takes the first place for being the cheapest karaoke establishment in all of Japan. Particularly in the morning, so if you’re jetlagged and need to get rid of that extra energy at 7 am, nothing beats singing your heart out at Maneki Neko for just ¥10 per 30 minutes. They are also very foreigner-friendly and have lots of international music on their menu as well – including English, Chinese, and Korean songs.
Name: Maneki Neko
Address:1-2-5 Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Toyo Building 5F
Business hour: open 24 hours a day
Phone number: (+81)3-5291-1388
5. Karaoke no Tetsujin
Karaoke no Tetsujin, also known as Karatetsu, is a karaoke chain with over 60 locations throughout Japan. Much like Big Echo, they offer more than just the regular karaoke service. Karatetsu often does collaboration rooms, and also has cosplay accessories you can try on free of charge for an extra fun time. They also have regular, VIP, and party-sized rooms, as well as an extensive menu of songs from all around the world.
Name: Karaoke no Tetsujin
Address: 29-2, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hour: Every day, 11am-6 am the next day
Phone number: (+81)3-5459-3401
6. Karaoke 747
Karaoke 747 is a Tokyo-exclusive karaoke chain. They have over 20 locations throughout the city, concentrated around the most popular areas like Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. Karaoke 747’s main plus is the low prices, which they manage to stick to even on weekends. However, their food menu is pretty small, and their selection of music is not exactly all-encompassing. However, if you only have a couple thousand yen to spare on a night out in Shibuya, Karaoke 747 is still worth a try.
Name: Karaoke 747
Address: 1-7-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1st Ibaraki Building 2F
Business hour: Every day, 6pm-5am the next day
Phone number: +81 3-5489-9747
7. Cote D’Azur
Cote d’Azur is a somewhat more expensive version of your regular karaoke bar. They offer a variety of room types, including VIP ones, and even children-friendly ones, as well top-quality food – something you won’t find in many other karaoke chains. This is the perfect place to bring your date, those friends you want to impress, or even potential business partners. However, Cote d’Azur is also slightly pricey compared to other establishments on this list.
Name: Cote D’Azur
Address: 2-4-5 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Business hour: Open 24 hours a day
Phone number: (+81)3-5779-8588
8. Karaoke Ban Ban
Karaoke Ban Ban is very popular with students and people on a rather tight budget. They offer a variety of inexpensive plans – such as a lunch karaoke menus for under ¥1000 for 3 hours. All of Karaoke Ban Ban’s courses include an all-you-can-drink buffet (self-service from the vending machines), but you can also get food and snack for an additional charge. As for the music, Karaoke Ban Ban mostly focuses on the Japanese public, but you can also find popular English hits in their menu as well.
Name: Karaoke Ban Ban
Address: 2-3-1 Koenji-ku North Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0002 Lions Mansion Koenji Kita B1
Business hour: Open 24 hours a day
Phone number: (+81)3-3223-7531
As you can see, Japenese karaoke bars be enjoyed by just about anyone, regardless of nationality, age, budget, and musical preferences. It would be a pity to not drop into one of these famous karaoke chains on your next trip to Japan!
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