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Shin Okubo Korean Town

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Address: Shin Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Lots of shops but I go for the spas

Korean-style face-shrinking and massage spas. Good prices. I asked if I could come in inked and they said no. Don't ask. Just go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Amya M
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Korean-style face-shrinking and massage spas. Good prices. I asked if I could come in inked and they said no. Don't ask. Just go.

Thank Amya M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hungry? Please go there and have dinner 5 times in you can. There are so so many small and nice restaurants there.

Thank Saskia v
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel was in this location. We loved the area as it was close to Shinjuku. There does seem to be a lot of short stay hotels and prostitution. Great area nonetheless.

Thank John Z
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here during our trip to Tokyo. It was great having such delicious food right at our door step. Will def stay in his area again when we come back to Tokyo

Thank Neilly S
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

We wondered around late afternoon Friday and stumble across a cafe Du Riche (I think) next to Showbox. It is an entertainment venue for your boy bands I think. About 20-40 teen girls were there off and on and then the bands came out for photos. It was amazing people watching!

Thank SydneyNancy13
Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

If you are into korean things: food, music, beauty products this is definetly your place if you can't go to korea just like me. Unfourtanetly I went there quite late evening so I didn't have much time but I could easily spend a day and a lot of money here. You can find all the beauty products from korea so... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Out of curiosity I walked here. Some stores, small restaurants, a tourist art gallery here and there. OK if you have time to kill and want to walk. Otherwise there are better things to do

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I have a niece who is crazy for K-pop, so I had to head to Shin Okubo to get a souvenir for her from Japan. At first, I went into Star Shop since it's the most obvious store with the big Japanese and Korean flags. They had a heck of a selection, but their prices seemed a bit high. After... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I stayed in hotels here for a while around 2011 and it was a truly bustlin place with lots of Korean restaurants and idol shops. Now it seems that most of those have moved away and the place seems kind of depressing. Pity.

Thank Sonja C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

Was surprisingly busy and so many more places to eat and check out. I would highly recommend staying here or eating at one of their plethora of restaurants!

Thank Stephen C

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