Indulge in “Solo-Katsu”: Four “Solo Activities” to Enjoy in Tokyo!
From the recently popular “solo” karaoke, “solo” saunas, and all the way to the slightly more obscure “solo” tile-breaking, we have it all! Here are some of the att.JAPAN editorial team’s most recommended solo-katsu activities to enjoy in Tokyo.
What is solo-katsu?
“Solo-katsu” refers to activities that can be enjoyed alone, hence the word “solo.” Such solo activities have garnered increasing attention in recent years due to the benefit of avoiding large crowds. And with facilities dedicated to solo activities cropping up throughout the city, gone are the days when “solo” was deemed the equivalent of “lonely.” Since you can immerse yourself in your favorite activities without worrying about the time or other people, going solo is a great way to appreciate a change of pace or to de-stress.
“Solo” Shabu-ShabuHot pots might be a popular type of meal with groups, but that doesn’t mean you can’t scarf one down alone!
Here, we introduce two shabu-shabu restaurants that are both unique and photogenic. Which one tickles your taste buds?
Hokkaido Menkoi Nabe Kuma-chan Onsen (Miyamasuzaka branch)
What appears to be a bear bathing in a hot spring is actually shabu-shabu broth in the making. More specifically, it is broth with congealed dietary fiber and collagen that will transform into dashi when melted in the heated pot. You can choose different flavors in the shape of variously colored bears, so you’ll never get bored of dining at this restaurant.
Address: Premist Shibuya Miyamasuzaka 2F, 1-8-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR, Subway, Tokyu, Keio)
Fee: Hokkaido Special Menkoi Set 2,980 yen, and others
Hitori Shabu-Shabu Ichi (Nishi-Shinjuku Main Store)
Behold! Meat revolving on a conveyor belt, just like a sushi restaurant. Select two of your preferred choices of broth, take a plate of revolving meat, and order vegetables from the touch screen. Another great feature is the partitions set up between the counter seats, allowing you to savor your meal without worrying about your surroundings.
Address: Otakibashi Pacifica Bldg. 2F, 7-10-18 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (JR, Subway, Keio, Odakyu), 1-minute walk from Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station (Subway)
Fee: Broth from 165 yen, beef from 275 yen, vegetables from 110 yen, etc.
“Solo” SaunaSolo sauna is one activity we’d recommend to both newbies and seasoned sauna enthusiasts who want to luxuriate in the activity at their own pace. Wouldn’t you like to rejuvenate inside a private room all to yourself?
Solo Sauna tune (Kagurazaka branch)
A Finnish sauna where you can change, use the sauna, take a cold water bath, and rest, all in one private room. You can also try out the Finnish löyly sauna, where you produce steam by pouring water over hot stones, whenever you please. Spend your time however your heart desires, whether lying down inside the sauna room or listening to your favorite music.
Address: 23-1 Tenjincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (UNPLAN Kagurazaka 1F)
Access: 3-minute walk from Kagurazaka Station (Subway), 7-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station (Subway)
Fee: 3,800 yen for a single room (60 minutes); and other rates
“Solo” KaraokeSing all your favorite songs at solo karaoke. No need to wait your turn; you can savor every minute without having to pass the mic around. For those who are unsure of where to go, or who find the idea of stepping foot inside a karaoke box alone daunting, we have the perfect recommendations for you!
Kaikatsu Club (Hachioji, Higashiyamato, and Higashimurayama branches)
The Kaikatsu Club is a popular manga/Internet cafe with locations nationwide. Some of their facilities offer “One-Two Karaoke,” or karaoke rooms made specifically for one to two guests. There are three locations in Tokyo where you can enjoy One-Two Karaoke. Sing your heart out in a soundproofed room just like a recording studio, full of professional equipment and features.
Hours and Fees: Varies by store. Please check the website for details.
“Solo” Tile-BreakingTile-breaking is a type of performance in which karate-ka and other martial artists demonstrate their strength and skills. Does concentrating your mind and challenging yourself sound like your kind of fun? A uniquely Japanese experience, this activity is one that is sure to help you bust the stress!
A tile-breaking facility in the popular town of Asakusa. Here, you can slip on some gloves to challenge yourself to the art of tile-breaking. Nowhere else will you be able to feel the same invigorating sense of accomplishment after you’ve smashed some tiles. You can choose the number of tiles you want to break (minimum of one), making it beginner-friendly. If demonstrating your chops sounds up your alley, challenge yourself with ten!
Open: Saturdays, Sundays, holidays
Reservations: Not accepted
Address: 2-27-17 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10-minute walk from Asakusa Station (Subway, Tobu)
Fee: 5-Tile-Breaking Challenge 2,000 yen, etc.
*The information herein is as of April 2022.
I was born in Kagoshima Prefecture and have lived in different parts of Kyushu. A lover of food, sake, and hot springs in Kyushu, my goal is to become a “Sen-nin” (hot spring master), the highest rank for those who accomplish the “Tour of the Eighty-eight Hot Springs in Kyushu.” I hope to convey the fascinating aspects of Japan while featuring my beloved homeland Kyushu!