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Kabukicho

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Address: Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

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a short adventure.

Well, first i feel scared after reading all the reviews here about Kabukicho... but that makes me want to challenge myself! Then i decided to go to Shinjuku, and Kabukicho is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Well, first i feel scared after reading all the reviews here about Kabukicho... but that makes me want to challenge myself! Then i decided to go to Shinjuku, and Kabukicho is quite near from the station. I am so stunned by the lights on the streets, it's just mesmerizing, the lights and the crowds there, and then not long after... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I was told this was the area that inspired Ridley Scott's Blade Runner set. It sure seemed to be. Check it out at night for sure - and try to find the memory alley / piss alley area with the Yakitori places. Think Harrison Ford sitting at the counter and ordering dumplings while Edward James Olmos taps on his shoulders.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

You have to after dark, so you can see all the lights, and there's a lot of them. Also try one of the many places to eat. It's just a cool place to walk around in and see all the different people.

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Manchester
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Found this place when searching for the love hotel hill area. My husband and I was in this area around 7pm and were clearly aware of what happened here due to the big billboards illustrating women with underwear on. On one hand it was in your face as you couldn’t miss it but at the same time it was also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

It's worth walking through the area to see all the colourful signs at night, but there is a lot of aggressive selling. Be aware as much as you may want to take pictures, people will and can be very abusive towards you for doing so. Avoid going into anywhere other then maybe the Robot Restaurant, which is worth watching for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Our hotel was located in this area which is also known as the "Red Light District" of Tokyo. It really does come to life at night time. Be aware of the black guys trying to pull you into suss Clubs, although they generally don't bother too much with Westerners. It was certainly interesting to walk around, but it felt seedy...... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Kabukicho is located next to Shinjuku Train station (East exit) and is the red light district of Tokyo. However it sure didn't feel like it is. The area is full of small to big restaurants, pubs (izakaya), hostess bar, ramen shops, Labi (electronic goods mega store), etc. Unlike other countries red light districtes, there aren't any hostesses or "ladies of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Ok, this area is fantastic. I mean, there is no other place in the world I reckon that is filled with lights and women all over the place. Great experience to just walk around. One mistake that I made but I escaped. The black guys will keep coming up to you with these super attractive deals - probably 3k yen... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I stumbled into this area when I was walking through the streets of Shinjuku, enjoying the crowds and lights on a Friday evening. Everything seemed innocent at first, until a few foreign men (African?) started to approach me about special clubs. They were quite persistent, although not rude. This is likely a place you will want to walk through if... More 

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

kabukicho japan is a bright red light area in tokyo....but if you go there you will find soo many africans offering girls, sex, drinks ...they only approch foreingers and not the locals. this really spoiled the mood. these blacks are very rude and aggerisif towards tourist......i will not go there anymore...

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Shinjuku
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.