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Address: Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Pachinko and red light area madness

This is a sort of nightlife and entertainment area of western Tokyo, Shinjuku. There are plenty of Pachinko game rooms (some kind of pinball gambling machines, very popular in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Belgrade, Serbia
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Taipei, Taiwan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is an entertainment and red-light district. There are many shops, restaurants, theaters and clubs. Watch for the illegal clubs and brothels. It is difficult to differentiate legal from illegal for a foreign tourist. Tourists strolling in this area should be careful, especially at late night. Some Japanese friends suggest me to “just do sightseeing, walk through the streets quickly... More 

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Western Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Any type of offer from this place is joke , fake, and rip off. All the places are owned by dark side people. Nothing will be good for you. I would say stupid to try something in Kabukicho.....

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a very dangerous area. Do not go when you are drunk. You will be targeted by touts who will take you into a bar, drug you and take your money! They will copy your credit cards and threaten your family. You will feel that you cannot go to the police due to the shame and the fear that... More 

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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is by far the largest red light area in Tokyo. It is quite safe to walk around the area as there are thousands of tourists and locals who will also walk around the area. Be warned - DO NOT follow the touts who will approach male tourists and they can be persistent. Just reject their offer politely. The favorite... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

Title pretty much sums it up. If you want to see bright lights and cool alleyways, other areas of shinjuku, shibuya, or a ton of other places are just as nice. Even if I was looking for illicit services, why would anyone trust these guys? The yakuza should clear them out. Its gotta be hurting business. Lol.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a sort of nightlife and entertainment area of western Tokyo, Shinjuku. There are plenty of Pachinko game rooms (some kind of pinball gambling machines, very popular in Japan, as real gambling is illegal), rooms with girls, bars, restaurants,... It is interesting at night, when all is lit up, but you have to be careful. Don't accept the touts... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you're familiar with the Yakuza games, Kamurocho was based on Kabukicho. When I first went inside Kabukicho it felt familiar. If you love night life and not afraid of being forced to go into strip bars by large, sleazy Africans or Yakuza members in business suits then this spot is your you. Kabukicho is famous for its host/hostess club,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I had strolled quickly through the kabukicho with my boyfriend at night, around 10pm. I exercised caution while walking through the area after reading previous reviews, but nothing had happened to us. Lots of other local citizens and tourists walking through the area as well, so you don't have to worry. It's mainly lots of bright lights and signs, and... More 

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marietta GA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

went during the day by accident and it looked like any other area of tokyo with all the signs and neon and stores etc.. went back at night and did not realize how much i would be approached and touted by Nigerians trying to get me to come visit the girly clubs. Granted i was a single white guy walking... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My wife and I have stayed in this area twice; for about three weeks in total. Never felt any threat but have been ripped off for an unbelievable "tax" in a basement bar/restaurant for a really lousy meal. Strong suggestion: eat in one of the restaurants in the subway for really good/really good value meals. If you must eat in... More 

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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