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Shin Okubo Korean Town

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Address: Shin Okubo, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Close to Shinjuku but much quieter

We stayed in Shin Okubo mainly due to its proximity to Shinjuku but quieter. Single line train station means you can't get lost! Lots of quirky restaurants and cafes. Very safe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we planned our trip and reserved our first hotel in Tokyo (Shin Okubo City), we didn´t know it was in the Korean Town, but we didn´t regret it. It was a great experience, with superb food and nice atmosphere during the whole day.

Thank Miguel G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Shin Okubo mainly due to its proximity to Shinjuku but quieter. Single line train station means you can't get lost! Lots of quirky restaurants and cafes. Very safe area, even at night.

Thank snowclaws
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. You can get all kinds of Korean food, cosmetic and KPop poster and so on. The cafes are a bit pricy though. Beside that, if you go in the small back lanes, you will find some groceries stores selling food from other part of Asia too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

My daughters are somewhat obsessed with K pop and so this was a must do for us in Tokyo. The area covers a few blocks with loads of shops and memorabilia (prices and range vary and worth looking around) and music stores. For the rest of us, love that KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)!!!

Thank Simon B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

My kids are all into K-pop so this was a fantastic place to find all the merchandise they wanted - can't easily obtain any of these in Australia. Prices were ok, selection was massive and certainly pleased the kids visiting this area. Even had the opportunity to have good old KFC (Korean friend chicken) for dinner - lots of fun!

Thank botak67
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

We called this place home for 3 nights in a rented airbnb place 5 minutes walk from Shin-okubo station. Don't be mistaken - it is not entirely Korean. The lane opposite the station that leads to our "home" have kebab stores and there appears to be a number of stores run by Muslims as well so halal food is aplenty.... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Not sure what the hype is- maybe we weren't looking in the right places. Not much in the way of korean food or Kpop culutre - there are 3 shops total dedicated to kpop- the one closest to the station I wouldn't bother with but there is a 3 level store down the street that does have music. My daughter... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Getting to Shin Okubo Area, two stations are available, one is Shin okubo Station of JR and the other is Higashi Shinjyuku that are connected to two subway lines.There are a good number of Korean restaurants and Korean cosmetics shops, markets selling Korean daily items, CD shops and so on. Mainly, there has two streets which shops stay along, one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

i used to walk here so many times. many delicious restaurants and the price is not expensive. in the heart of tokyo, shinjuku

Thank F4023NZalbertos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Shinjuku is unavoidably a must see part of Tokyo. It is the heart that enters the rest of the city where people really come to life. While mostly built up residential Shinjuku also boasts beautiful structures of architecture as well as some excellent views of Tokyo, particularly from the Metropolitan Government Building.

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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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