Ban x Kara’s second Tokyo location not only lets you show off your vocal range backed by a professional band – you and your friends are welcome to also take over on the guitar, drums or some other instrument while you do your best pop idol impression. Able to accommodate groups of up to 80 people, Zone-GZ is one of the most spacious live karaoke establishments in the capital, so those of you planning a company bonding night, or who just happen to be incredibly popular, might want to give this one a go. Couples’ rooms and VIP booths cater to those on the hunt for something more intimate, and additional entertainment options range from darts to hookah smoking rooms.
Karaoke is the gift Japan gave the world, and in Tokyo anyone can sing their heart out in a number of different ways. There are regular karaoke ‘boxes’ for you and your friends, one-person hitokara booths for shy crooners, and establishments specialising in anime songs, J-pop or other under-the-radar genres.
One of the more curious styles is live-band karaoke, in which your singing is accompanied by real musicians who are not afraid to switch up the tempo or improvise in other creative ways. Think you can handle the pressure of fronting a live band? Head to one of these six Tokyo spots to find out.