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The disco boom is back! Saturday Night Fever at “Maharaja Roppongi”

If you ask anyone in Japan, “What is the most famous disco?”, the answer will most definitely be: “Maharaja!” During the disco boom that arose in the 1980s during the period of Japan’s high economic growth, ‘Maharaja’ was one of the most popular discos. Well, legendary Maharaja is still alive – and in its best shape ever!
This is my first Japanese “disco” experience in Roppongi, Tokyo!

Roppongi intersection

The famous Roppongi intersection

“Maharaja Roppongi” is located on the 5th floor of a building, in the imminence of the famous Roppongi intersection. Upon entering, we were immediately led to a table by staff, something which was really surprising!

Maharaja

Not in the basement as one would expect: Maharaja is on the 5th floor!

Maharaja Roppongi

Maharaja offers everyone a place to sit down and rest. In addition, if you book a party plan, you get a table in the VIP area, which is separated from the dance floor by a glass wall. This allows you to watch the people dance and listen to music – while still being able to enjoy a conversation.

When booking a VIP party plan with food & drinks, birthday guests receive a champagne tower as a surprise present!

Champagne Tower

What a luxurious night!

The best place for dancing in Roppongi

To put it simple, the atmosphere at “Maharaja Roppongi” was great! Everyone was already dancing at 7 pm – right after the club opened! Interestingly, the age group is somewhat higher, with many people even in their forties and fifties.

Maharaja Roppongi
Now that modern “clubs” has become the mainstream, more and more people (= everyone younger than me) don’t know what a real “disco” is. That’s a waste!

Disco fever!

Disco! (No sneakers allowed!)

Otachidai

Only women can climb this stand called “otachidai”. Not only professionals but also ordinary customers can get up and show off their outfits and dance moves!

One thing is clear after 5 minutes; the customers of “Maharaja Roppongi” come here to dance. Since the music differs depending on when you go, it might be good to check their schedule (※ here) online.

On Sundays, this club opens in the afternoon so even parents who can’t go out at night can come to dance.

Japanese dancing tradition

On weekends, they play “Global Mix”, a mixture of popular music from the past and present.

Maharaja Roppongi is also a great place to learn some new Japanese dance moves!

But they do have days dedicated to “Kayo-kyoku” (Japanese songs) and “para para”, a unique Japanese dance style that came up in the 1990s.

Personally, I would encourage you to check out the Japanese music scene and dance culture! For those who want to dance starting at early hours and those who want to experience Japanese retro disco culture, “Maharaja Roppongi” is a perfect choice!


Maharaja Roppongi

https://maharaja-r.jp
Address: 3-12-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Roppongi Plaza Building 5F
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/NsKBWRS6mTtgvyqC7

Stations nearby: Roppongi Station

Other clubs nearby: SEL OCTAGON

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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