Karaoke might as well be considered one of Japan’s national pastimes. Karaoke bars can be enjoyed by just about anyone. The word karaoke is a mashup of the Japanese words for ‘empty’ and ‘orchestra’ – kara oukesutora. A form of interactive entertainment developed in Japan where amateur singers can sing-along with recorded music of their favorite songs using a microphone.
Singing in front of others can be intimidating, but karaoke doesn’t have to be. There is also a larger culture of solo karaoke that most people outside Japan don’t know about. Called soon hitokara ヒトカラ (short for “alone karaoke”). This has rose in popularity over the years and rooms originally meant for eight customers are now being used by just one. That way you can sing to your hearts content without being watched by others.
Unlike almost any other type of public performance, karaoke isn’t about singing beautifully. Giving an enjoyable performance is much more important than singing perfectly.
READ MORE: Top 5 Kawaii Instagram Accounts To Follow For Your Everyday Cuteness Fix
You cant visit Tokyo without experiencing the phenomenon of karaoke. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of some of the best karaoke Tokyo has to offer.
8.) Big Echo Akihabara
Karaoke at Big Eco Akihabara is fun, reasonably priced and can be found across Japan. It is the biggest karaoke shop chain in Japan and is operated by the biggest company in karaoke industry. Karaoke is one of the easiest ways for you to gain some hands-on experience of Japanese culture. However, if you go to Karaoke alone, the price will be slightly differentfrom when you are with a group.
- Price: ¥100 – ¥660 per 30 minutes
- Location: 1-16 Kandasakumacho | 7F Dining Sqaure Building, Chiyoda 101-0025, Tokyo, Japan