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Shin Okubo Korean Town

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Address: Shin Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Great little area for KPOP fans!

It was a cold and rainy day when I visited Korea Town, so I didn't spend much time there. There's definitely a lot of Korean restaurants, KPOP merchandise stores, and Korean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jennifer C

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cold and rainy day when I visited Korea Town, so I didn't spend much time there. There's definitely a lot of Korean restaurants, KPOP merchandise stores, and Korean cosmetics and grocery stores in this area. If you like Korean food, or like KPOP, you should definitely check this Korea Town out!

Thank Jennifer C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a short walk from Okubo to Shin-Okubo and there were a lot of shops of different nationalities. Okubo is like a foreigners town in Tokyo.

Thank Quack H
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is plenty of beauty shops (as in all Japan), but in this case just with Korean brands. It is also good if you want to eat a barbecue or bulgogi

Thank Arantxa R
Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many food choices in this area make it difficult if you are a newcomer to the area. Getting a suggestion of a restaurant is helpful. Other types of shops are there as well- food stuffs, bars, fortune telling, clothing etc.

Thank BarbaraNorthcott
Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

A famous language school (Kai Nihongo School) is located in that area, so you're gonna meet a lot of foreigners as well as locals and of course Koreans or Japanese guys who dress up like Korean Pop Stars. If you're into K-Pop and Korean food, give it a try, but it's always extremely crowded, especially by young japanese girls who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We stayed at this area during our recent family holiday last October-November 2015. This area is safe, friendly and very close to both the shops and the train ( JR station). There were a lot of Korean shops, restaurants and convenience stores. The food within the area were affordable, diverse and of course delicious. The apartment building we stayed at... More 

Thank Lonia P
Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We stayed here for 4 days and really liked the hood. Lots of korean restaurants around and therefore lots of good food. Probably also quite a good area if you like to stay in Tokyo as it is within the Shinjuku area.

Thank NigGarb
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

I am not a fan of Korean POP or drama. Nothing really special. It is more for the teens who idolize their favourite singers or actors.

Thank Jamesow007
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This place is so great for a Korean experience in Japan. The food, the shops, the people. It is all there for you to experience. Go, enjoy. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Tokyobillbunji
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Just outside Shin-Okubo station on the Yamanote line you find this compact area of Korean Town with tons of Korean restaurants and shops selling everything from socks to pens to pillows with your favourite K-Pop idol's face on it and/or sought after Korean cosmetics such as sheet face masks. A little further down Okubo Dori street there is a Korean... More 

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