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!
“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 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.
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.
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.
Japanese dancing tradition
On weekends, they play “Global Mix”, a mixture of popular music from the past and present.
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!
Stations nearby: Roppongi Station
Other clubs nearby: SEL OCTAGON