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TravelCube takes agents on an epic tour of Tokyo’s captivating culinary experiences

September 13, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The Bullet Train, Mount Fuji and the Imperial Palace are all iconic attractions, but as a group of Australian travel agents recently discovered, if you want a truly memorable Japanese experience head to Tokyo’s Shinjuku district and step inside the living video game they call the Robot Restaurant.

 The fantasy-themed cabaret venue, which opened in 2012 at a cost of around $100 million, is famed for its gigantic fem-bots, bikini-clad dancers, LED walls, lasers and anime-style murals.

TravelCube’s Tanya Blaxill – who led the group of 10 Victorian agents on the eight-day journey to Tokyo and Hong Kong – says that an evening in the restaurant is best described as “beyond crazy”.

“At one point there was a huge robotic snake, and a chick was riding it as it battled a steampunk vehicle with machine guns being driven by an evil warrior, who later took on a robotic eagle,” says Blaxill. “It was exactly what we envisaged the fun, quirky weirdness of Japan would be like, with absolutely nothing making sense – we loved it.”

Almost as fun, she says, was Shinjuku Golden Gai, which is located close to the five-star Hilton Tokyo, where the agents stayed.

“It’s a small area made up of a network of narrow alleys where you squeeze into tiny shanty-style bars and eateries,” says Blaxill. “Each of them was no bigger than a bedroom and they usually only sit between four and eight people, so it took a little while to find somewhere that could squeeze in all of us.”

The Australian consultants – guests of TravelCube and Cathay Pacific – also enjoyed a selection of Tokyo’s more conventional attractions, and embarked on a day trip to Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and Mount Fuji, which hid stubbornly behind a veil of clouds.

The group travelled home via Hong Kong, where they stayed at the beautiful East Hotel and took a cruise on Victoria Harbour for a view of the city’s famous skyline.

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