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Kabukicho, Shinjuku

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#16 of 34 in Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Experience the lively nightlife of Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s famous entertainment district, known for its thousands of bars, nightclubs, and movie theaters, but also hostess clubs and love hotels. Although known as a “red light district,” the area doesn’t contain official brothels. Instead, it houses a large number of expensive host and hostess clubs, striptease joints, and “pink salons,” usually run by members of the yakuza, sprinkled among the bars and restaurants. Regardless of its reputation, the district remains very safe to explore, with numerous options for dining, shopping, and places to have a drink. Take a look at our Tokyo vacation route planner to schedule your visit to Kabukicho and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Hey you want to generally had an image, so I stopped by during the day. Fun and interesting shops
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  • Was there in July 2017. Area was clean with a lot of people. If you are a single male walking around this area you will be approached by a lot of Japanese men soliciting their business(adult related)....  more »
  • Kabukicho itself is most interesting at night, because then all possible neon neon signs light up. You must but not necessarily on a visit to Tokyo come here, since the entire small districts more "fake": any pubs or bars tourist traps and overpriced. Even who gets here because the "red light district", will be disappointed, because this is a joke in contrast to Hamburg or Amsterdam. On the most annoying, the African men in memory have been us who speak really everyone and everything and even tackle! You advertise for any overpriced bars or adult clubs, located in any street in any floor of the high-rise buildings. These African men are troublesome not only for tourists, but also with the locals, they are frowned upon. A Japanese would go never so directly and unfriendly to strangers. Conclusion: Avoid Kabukicho at night or during the day come - but then, everything is empty and nothing going on.
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