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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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Great atmosphere!

I really enjoyed the bright lights, 100 yen shop where I went bonkers purchasing 41 items including Hello Kitty spoons and Kit Kats, Clearly a red light district, but never a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

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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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the bright lights, 100 yen shop where I went bonkers purchasing 41 items including Hello Kitty spoons and Kit Kats, Clearly a red light district, but never a moment did I feel unsafe. Plenty of food options in the area too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a great place to wander around at night. Bright lights and Neon fill the sides of tall buildings on the main streets and there are tons of lantern lit side streets filled with bars and restaurants. The streets are full of people having a good time an you definitely feel th e safety in numbers. We had a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Grab some Kirin Strong's from the convenience store and walk around to take in the neon drenched nightlife. Karaoke, arcades and bars abound. Awesome for people watching and hanging out.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

One of the best experience I had in Tokyo. The best time to come and see Kabukicho is at night for lights. So many lights and signs. This place gets really lively at night. A lot of Restaurants and Bars. It is safe to walk around even at night and is not like other red light district. A must see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

You love night life, just have a walk in Kabukicho. Famous for its host/hostess club, but you can also find lot of places to eat, karaoke, games...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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Staying in Shinjuku

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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.