TOKYO, Japan — In the Shinjuku District near downtown Tokyo, tourists are packing a unique restaurant that puts dinner theater on a new level.
It was a place Colorado resident Michelle Summers and her friends had to see in the months just before the pandemic.
"We heard from multiple people who have visited Japan that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Summers said.
It’s called the Robot Restaurant, and it’s loaded with a bright lounge with mirrors everywhere. People sit down here first to listen to musicians dressed as robots play a little music.
“It’s a glitz lounge,” Summers said. “It’s the American Lounge. They have gold furniture.”
Downstairs, the lights and music are turned up and the main show includes a barrage of banging drums. A parade of warrior people, robots and dancers spin in a lavish laser light show that comes with life-sized dinosaurs, monsters and of course robots.
Summers and her friends couldn't help but smile at the spectacle.
"It's pretty crazy," she said.
> Watch the video above to see more of this wild, robotic Japanese restaurant.
Editor's note: 9NEWS Reporter Matt Renoux went to Tokyo to preview the 2020 Olympics before the COVID-19 pandemic. This story is from this trip.
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