Tokyo’s “Naked Restaurant” Bans the Overweight and TattooedPhoto: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Travel News Tokyo
If you have fat or a tat, you won’t be able to dine at Tokyo’s hyped “Naked Restaurant.” The Amrita, which opens July 29, just revealed that tattooed and/or overweight patrons will not be allowed to dine there.
A recent list of rules posted on the restaurant’s website states, “If you are more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds) above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation.” The restaurant goes on to explain that patrons could be weighed—much like a boxer before a match or a dairy cow at the Minnesota State Fair—if they don’t appear to be within the “correct range.” Those found overweight will be refused entry and will not be able to refund their 80,000 yen ($750) reservation.
For a country that idolizes…this, you wouldn’t expect banning the big-boned; however, the restriction on tattoos is, sadly, nothing knew to the Japanese. Many of the country’s pools, gyms, and even resorts bar guests from showing off their ink. In fact, tattoos are so stigmatized 56 percent of hotels refuse tatted visitors from using their public baths.
Those overweight and inked patrons, though, will only miss out on a $1,000 meal (including the reservation price) that features nude dining, g-string waiters and a male model runway off—which sounds kind of like if Zoolander were a restaurant.
Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.