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Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was super crowded on a Friday night with lots of restaurant goers and party makers. Lined along the street were also people trying to make a buck out of you by offering seedy shows, massages and sex. If you want to see the red...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking early morning and then late evening it makes such a great contrast. You can see on the exact same place the old Japan style during the day and modern, noisy streets at nights

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Liaworld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked around the area with my wife. A bit similar to the rest of Shinjuku with the lighting. Clubs had guys out front, some holding pictures of girls. A lot of the pictures looked unnatural, like extra large eyes on the girls and similar to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AdrianAri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

That's the place for bars and late night dining, as well as the red light district of Tokyo. This area feels safe despite the nature of some of its attractions.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

...so not really much to see there, beside you have business there. Well...the only interesting thing is how lots of the pimps look like...early David Bowie crossed with Final Fantasy characters...like the essence of androgynous

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 105jensl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must do when visiting Tokyo/Japan The brightly lit billboards and shops at night are the iconic image of Modern Japan to me. It doesn’t disappoint & is one of the major shopping/ people watching hubs of Tokyo

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must see when in shinjuku min. 18 years old fun place to look around maybe get something to drink if you’re old enough I never had any problems here and I’ve been here 3 times Don’t go there alone as a girl always go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mnn17
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Billed as "Tokyo's traditional red light district", I was expecting something more risque than what there was. Instead, Kabukicho is just like any neon-packed area, with the exception of billboards advertising escort bars located (mostly) on the upper floors of buildings. The street frontage shops...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

We visited here in both daylight and evening times and while it was good it was not that spectacular. Lots of people, bars and restaurants but it a fun place with a good vibe.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Kabukicho was a lively, vibrant area, enjoyed walking there every night. The shops and eating places were plentiful, hard to choose where to eat each night.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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August 16, 2018|
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Response from Moaimoaimoai | Reviewed this property |
Umum, sorry. Not sure. But just think there should be
October 3, 2015|
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Response from dennylama | Reviewed this property |
There is an airport limousine bus stop nearby the Shinjuku Station, better ask your hotel for directions.
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August 9, 2015|
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Response from dennylama | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of arcades and things to see.
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Niimura Restaurant in Kabukicho (0 Replies)
I read that one of their restaurants serve both tonkatsu and shabu shabu? If this is true, which restaurant is it? What is the address? Thanks. BTW-I'm looking for restaurants that serve quality shabu shabu and other food options for my husband (other than fish).
February 25, 2017|
Itinerary question (3 Replies)
Hi all Tokyo experts, I have spent quite sometime on the 5 days Tokyo itinerary, and thought to share with you to see if it makes sense and if I have hit most of the spots in Tokyo. I will be staying in Yotsuya (East of Shinjuku) and thought will start my 2nd day in Shinjuku, but find out some attractions are better to go at night, so I changed plans to go back at night and now my day 2 looked unorganized. Also I want to see Sumo in Ryogoku, but found out that they have a tournament...More
November 17, 2013|
Response fromhotspot78|
I agree with Elly M. You can do Shibuya on day 4. You only need half a day for Harajuku and Omotesando. From Omotesando/ Harajuku you can walk to Shibuya.
Change of plans means 6 extra days in Tokyo - where to stay? (15 Replies)
Hey all, We have 3 weeks in Japan, but have just made some last minute changes that will end up with us having an extra 6 days in Tokyo at the end. Current itinerary, 3 days Tokyo in Kabukicho 4 days Kyoto 2 days Hiroshima 3 days Kobe 2 days Yokohama 1 night Tokyo in Shinagawa 7 nights Tokyo in Shin-Okubo/Shinjuku area 6 days in ?? This is my fourth trip to Japan, and I have big love for Tokyo (hence the most amount of time being spent there). I usually stay around Shinjuku,...More
April 18, 2013|
Response fromtravel347er|
I'm in the same situation (staying in Shinjuku to begin with, travelling around and returning for a week but not sure where to stay). Asakusa seems to be a nice contrast to Shinjuku. From what I've heard it is more residential, and it's pretty close to Ueno and Akihabara. And it's pretty convenient if you want to take a day trip to Nikko. When are you going to be there? There might be area specific events that you'd like to make sure you're nearby for / avoid.