Whether you’re a pro wrestling fan, a gym junkie, or your buffness is limited to history, there’s a testosterone-fueled themed restaurant to suit your tastes…
THE STORY: Inspired by Japan’s bloody civil war, Sengoku Buyuden is riddled with battle flags and replica samurai armor — but equal attention is given to its menu, so history buffs and gourmets alike will feel at home here.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids, tourists, and Japan lifers are all sure to love the surprisingly sophisticated atmosphere and food, while learning a bit about one of Japan’s most violent periods.
WHAT TO TRY: The Tenka Touitsu Seiro Mushi, a bamboo-steamed dish with a choice of either pork, chicken, or seafood, is a healthy meal that’ll have you fit for a fight. Pair with one (or more) of the 30 types of high-quality shochu to cancel out your battle-ready state.
For Sengoku Buyuden’s contact details, see our Concierge listing.
Antonio Inoki Sakaba
THE STORY: Antonio Inoki, a legendary pro wrestler, founded the New Japan Pro-Wrestling company and was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010 for his achievements in the sport. He even had a match against Muhammed Ali in 1976 in the first MMA major fight ever. Now, there’s a bar — complete with a museum — devoted to the septuagenarian.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Inoki occasionally drops by, so you can see the legend in person. There are also live shows and a Janken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) championship, where the winner gets to wear Inoki’s champion belt.
WHAT TO TRY: Most of the food is mega-sized (with smaller portions available). Highlights include the Michinoku Driver, a super thick Sendai-style gyutan, and the Antonio Ribs, grilled to perfection in a rotisserie oven in-store.
For Antonio Inoki Sakaba’s contact details, see our Concierge listing.
Tokyo Fight Club Bar & Show Restaurant
THE STORY: Opened in March this year, TFC aims to recreate the lively atmosphere of Las Vegas with club dancers, live entertainment, DJs and a party ambience in addition to its underground cool and serious fighting power inspired by the movie Fight Club.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Live fight events are scheduled between 8pm and 10pm every Friday and Saturday, promising 100% gachinko fights – that’s real authentic fights — including MMA (mixed martial arts), wrestling, kickboxing, Muay Thai and boxing.
WHAT TO TRY: Try the roast beef, made in-house every day and pair it with an organic salad for a healthy meal while you watch the blood fly. Book VIP seats in advance for the best view of the ring while you nosh.
For Tokyo Fight Club’s contact details, see our Concierge listing.
Muscle Bar Akasaka
THE STORY: Muscles are the name of the game at the beefiest joint in the city. Opened in 2016, this “muscle entertainment” bar boasts bulging biceps and chiseled jaws as part of the service.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It uses a simple system – it’s an all-you-can-drink service for 90 minutes. There’s no food on the menu, so you can bring your own — just don’t bring anything too pungent.
WHAT TO TRY: There are extra options outside of the all-you-can-drink menu, including protein drinks (of course) and a special Omotenashi menu that includes a “muscle sandwich” — we’ll leave what that is to your imagination — and an Ohime-dakko, where you can literally get swept off your feet.
For Muscle Bar’s contact details, see our Concierge listing.