Kabukicho is a district in Shinjuku who’s name was derived from the “Kabuki Theater” which was supposed to be built in the area. However, the plan was canceled due to financial difficulties. Little did anyone know that a few years later, Kabukicho will become Asia’s largest entertainment district.
1. Tokyo’s Infamous Red Light District
Kabukicho has earned the title as the “Largest Red Light District” in Asia. You’ll find many bars, hostess clubs and love hotels that are scattered within this district. Tourists and locals frequently visit Kabukicho with the intention of enjoying a night filled with “pleasures” that are uniquely found within Tokyo’s Red Light District.
2. Great Place to have a Drink
There are many great places in Kabukicho where you can just sit back and enjoy a drink. Some people prefer to drink alone, while others enjoy good company as they drink the night away. If you have time, make sure to visit a few of the bars in the area. You might find a place to your liking and become one of their regular customers.
3. Visit the Famous Robot Restaurant of Kabukicho
Before you even enter its doors, the Robot Restaurant will put a smile on your face. It is a place where anything and everything can happen at a moments notice. The main theme of the restaurant are all about “Robots”, so you can expect a lot of flashy special effects as the show unfold before your very eyes. The entrance fee might be a bit pricey for others, but the performances and experience is worth it.
4. Special Themed Clubs
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The advantage of going to Kabukicho for a night of excitement is that you get to choose where to go based on your tastes. For first timers, it would be best to ask about the prices before you commit to a certain club or bar. The clubs in Kabukicho are quite pricey and sometimes, ¥10,000 will only last for an hour or two. If you are on a budget, then it would be best to do a bit of research before you head for clubs of Kabukicho.
Karaoke has been part of the Japanese culture for many years. In Kabukicho, there are many Karaoke bars where you and your friends can sing your hearts out and enjoy the night at your leisure. You can also order food and drinks which has been a standard practice during these singing sessions.
6. Pachinko and Gaming Arcades
Every entertainment district in Japan have Pachinko Parlors and Gaming Arcades. These places tend to go hand in hand and is a favorite of many people in varying age groups. These places have one thing in common and that is it’s very NOISY. Sometimes, you even need to raise your voice if you are having conversations with other people.
7. Shopping for Special Items
It may come as a surprise, but there are some interesting shops in Kabukicho that you may find to your liking. Specialty stores is not uncommon in this district and if you’re lucky you might be able to buy a few things that you cannot buy anywhere else in the city.
- Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
- Phone: 03-3209-9291
- Business Hours: Most Bars and Clubs Open at 7:00 pm and closes at 3:00-5:00 am
- Access: 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Have a good trip and travel!