Kabukicho, Shinjuku (歌舞伎町)

Kabukicho is the world famous red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  Over three thousand bars, restaurants, nightclubs, love hotels, arcades, and massage parlors can be found on the eastern side of the famous Shinjuku Station, where Kabukicho is located.  Kabukicho’s streets are filled with the iconic neon lights that often serve as a backdrop for many Tokyo or nightlife themed films and music videos.  kabukicho 1

In addition to taking in the sheer and palpable energy of the city, there are a multitude of other fun activities to participate in.  There are dozens, if not hundreds of karaoke bars scattered all over the Kabukicho area, as well as an array of restaurants and bars to choose from.  There is even a Toho Cinemas located in the heart of Kabukicho that features a Godzilla mounting the top of the theater! kabukicho 2 

Although Kabukicho frequently gets a bad rap for supposedly being a “Yakuza-infested” danger zone, it is actually a safe area that attracts many tourists from all around the world.  That being said, there are still people who will try to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, especially credulous tourists… so BE SAFE, BEWARE, but most importantly HAVE FUN in one of the city’s most exciting hotspots.

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