There is nothing better than sitting back to watch a show—be it a beautiful, traditional performance or more of a well, robotic life-size shark fighting a caravan-sized spider to techno music. While the infamous Robot Restaurant of which we speak has unfortunately now closed, there are still plenty of awe-inspiring shows and performances to be seen in the city (and some robots to meet too).
Kabuki theater, dating back to the Edo period, is a brilliant way to see a popular but traditional slice of Japanese culture—as well as a rare opportunity to see Japanese people uncharacteristically heckling and acting like teenagers as they eat and drink and take selfies through the performance.
As much of a show as a sport, Sumo is one of the best experiences to be found in Japan, and we have everything you need to know about it already prepared. Tokyo’s tournaments are held in January, May and September, but we have alternative options if you’re not visiting at quite the right time.
If you’re looking or more festivals, parades and other sights, check our dedicated events pages!