Kabukicho, which is a part of Shinjuku, is one of the largest red light districts in Japan. There are many kyabakuras, bars, and love hotels. Some places are a little bit pricy so make sure to have some money. Compared to most red light districts around the world, kabukicho is a fairly safe area, just know how much things cost because sometimes there are some hidden fees.
How to Get There
1. From Tokyo Station, take the JR Ome Line (rapid train) 4 stops to Shinjuku Station. 2. Walk north
About 14 minutes from Tokyo station to Shinjuku station
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Things to do around Kabukicho
What to do in Kabukicho
Go Shopping at Isetan
Where to shop
An awesome department store with many stores! Food, clothing, and anything to do with fashion starts here. Check out their website. Open from 10:30am to 8pm.
Shop at BICQLO
WHERE TO SHOP
If you know Japanese companies, you`ll be excited about this one. One of the biggest electronics retailers Bic Camera, has partnered up with one of the biggest clothing retailer UNIQLO to make this superstore! Open from 10am-10pm. Check out their website.
Go to the Robot Restaurant
WHAT TO SEE
A little bit pricy but if you`re into seeing something new, this may be an interesting place to go to. It`s not really a restaurant, however there are many robots, and girls with sexy outfits on. Check out their website.
Explore the streets of the red-light district
THINGS TO DO
Primarily for males, if you want to check out the nightlife of Tokyo, this area can be quite exciting. There are also many neon lights, restaurants, bars, and pachinko places. Caution: Be sure to have some information about the area, and if you decide to go into an establishment, be aware that you may have to pay more than you bargained for.
Eat at some restaurants in Omoide Yokocho
WHAT TO EAT
This place is also known as Piss Alley. An intereting place to check out at night. But as the name suggests, it`s not a place to go if you`re looking for a fine dining experience, but the food is amazing! If you`re a little shy, there are some tours available too!
Party in the Golden Gai
Where to drink
A great drinking spot in Kabukicho. There are hundreds of small bars in a small area, each with their own theme. It`s located here.
Check out the Hanazono Shrine
THINGS TO DO
In the middle of the busling Shinjuku area, stands a beautiful shrine! A great place to relax and enjoy some history before you head out into the busy streets of Shinjuku again.
Go to the Samurai Museum
WHERE TO GO
As the title suggests, it`s a samurai museum. Check out the samurai armor, and katanas(swords). It costs 1800 yen for adults. Check out their website.
Watch Godzilla Terrorize Tokyo
WHAT TO SEE
Located on top of the Shinjuku Toho Building, you can see a giant Godzilla head looking over the people of Tokyo. A great spot to take a picture!