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Kabukicho

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Address: Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 9033003911
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Busy and bright

Busy and bright area of Shinjuku. Still retains a somewhat seedy feel with hostess bars and brothels. Be sure to go into a pachinko parlour to experience the intense noise.

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Busy and bright area of Shinjuku. Still retains a somewhat seedy feel with hostess bars and brothels. Be sure to go into a pachinko parlour to experience the intense noise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Found it a little alienating and boring being alone. Difficult to meet new people and the Japanese are not so interested in making friends.

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Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I don't know why many reviewers seem to complain about this red light district being dodgy, etc. It is what it is - a red light district with many clubs, bars and other nightlife stuff happening - but what sets this apart is how safe it is despite all this! The first time I came here, it was by chance... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a fun Street with many massage and other sexual activities happens. Our Japanese guide told, there are many sexual places here but beware of goons who cheat tourists. Anyway we had a good walk 🚶 and reach safe hotel back without any experiments.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Everyone knows that Kabukicho is the red light district of Tokyo, and it is very common for men to be pestered by the male staff of the clubs wanting to recommend girls to the onlookers. Walk away and don't respond to them if you are not interested, but it is quite an experience to walk and be dazzled by the... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kabukicho is the red light, night life district in Shinjuku. At first it is deceiving, with few visible bars or nightclubs at street level. In fact, the clubs, bars, and strip clubs are spread throughout every floor of the high rises in small apartment sized rooms. Very hard to find or navigate a place without some help or direction, which... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is what it is. The red light district of Tokyo. Interesting to walk around & soak in the lights, sights and sounds. There are also a lot of restaurants. However if you are a guy you will be harassed by the pimps however not aggressively. It is still safe. Not suitable for kids. We lived right in front of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly an experience just to be here. The sights and sounds of thousands of people around you all at once was something to be seen to believe. Its brightly lit by the neon signs and LED displays that seems to decorate every single building standing there! Shops and restaurant in every street lined the area so you can eat and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blade runner like street scapes, Times square, Kings Cross all rolled into one. A feast of lights, sound, massive video screens, music, food, entertainment, shopping, red light district, transport etc. I could not live there but a great experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great pot for adult bars, clubs. Fun to wander around with kids. Felt very safe. Weekdays not too busy

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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.
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