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Located in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Kabukicho is one of busiest downtowns in the world, with a concentration of cinemas, manga cafes, ‘Izakaya’ drinking establishments, ‘kyabakura’ hostess bars, ‘fuzokuten’ adult-entertainment establishments, host clubs, love hotels (a type of hotel that rents rooms to couples either overnight or for hours' "rest") and pinball parlors. It is called the "city that never sleeps", with an increasing number of foreign visitors these days.

Tips and cautions

Kabukicho is the most famous entertainment district in the Orient as well as one of the busiest downtowns in the world. The district is lined with a diversity of restaurants from fast-food to gourmet, serving a variety of menus, from sushi, Japanese cuisine, izakaya-style, Chinese, Korean and so on. There are plenty of bars, lounges, nightclubs, host clubs, and kyabakura. You can also find Japan-unique manga cafes.

Worthy to be called "No.1 in the Orient," the entertainment business in Kabukicho offers a variety of amusement/entertainment places, bowling, batting cage, billiards, Amusement arcade, table tennis, disco, pinball parlor, mahjong, karaoke, cinema, live music club, etc. There are sufficient accommodations, needless to say hotels, but also "capsule hotels" popular among foreign tourists. 

Although Kabukicho is famous as an entertainment district, some establishments use touters to solicit customers illegally. Since 2005, touting customers into fuzoku establishments has been prohibited under the metropolitan Ordinance. Be careful not to follow illicit touters.


By public transportation, Shinjuku station on JR East, Keio, Odakyu, Tokyo Metro or Toei Subway is the nearest station.

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Description: Kabukicho

Sights Kabukicho (歌舞伎町)
Address Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3209-9291
Duration 2Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Adult (ages 20+)

Map: Kabukicho