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Shin Okubo Korean Town

Shin Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #17 of 64 Attractions in Shinjuku
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Bogota, Colombia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Some of the most amazing fried chicken ever. And I'm from the south. Koreans know how to do chicken and so much more.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I stumbled upon this one day heading to Shinjuku station from my hotel. A small Korean area with fantastic korean restaurants and stores. It was a pleasant surprise. the food is fantastic and varied.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Main problem is, when all the way to Japan of course is for Japanese. The areas had Korean, Muslim and Thai restaurants, Thai massage. Nothing special, as the building and streets look the same as any other normal parts of Tokyo.

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Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Definitely a place for the Kpop lovers or Kdrama lovers, from cyclist to signboards, all in Korean Characters, restaurants, bibimbap, kimbap hawkers, stores open till midnight, lively Korean town. Every 10-20 steps you can see stores packed with Japanese Kpop fans, shopping to get their Kpop posters. Korean at the market, living their everyday life as if its Korea. Must... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Every store is like another boy band exploded all over it. I had some kind of chicken soup thing, but I didn't really know what I was eating so it was kind of just confusion. It was good though! There's not much cheap food, but it all looks good. If you know anything about Korea, you'll probably love it.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Our hotel was only 1 minute walk away from Shin-okubo station on the JR Yamanote line. Theres lots to eat here. Theres also a Matsumoto Kiyoshi here for anyone who is interested in buying cosmetics, a couple of doors down from Matsumoto Kiyoshi (just in front of Shin-Okubo station!) is a 100 yen shop too :D Shin-okubo station is also... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

There are a lot of shops selling korean products. guess it would be good place for kpop fans. Besides, masks are sold very cheap here, might want to consider stocking up more masks here. Food are not as cheap as I thought it would be but if you would like to have korean food, there are a lot of restaurants... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Not much to see and do there, some place to eat Korean food. If you like Korean food it is the place to go for it.

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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have been going to Koreatown for 18 years, but it really started to boom and become wildly popular in the last few years. It is a fun place to go and have a great inexpensive meal(bibimbap, chijimi, kimchi and chap chae) as well as street food. From the Shin-Okubo station come out and turn right. The two streets running... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I didn't necessarily visit Japan so that I can see the other ethnic "towns". Shin-Okubo Korea Town is not large, but it does have decent, cheap eats. It's not too busy and there's really not much to do.

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