Kabukicho District, Kabukicho

#11 of 36 in Neighborhoods in Tokyo
Neighborhood · Hidden Gem · Other
Experience the lively nightlife of Kabukicho District, 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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Tokyo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kabukicho District and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Stayed nearby at the Shinjuku Granbell Hotel. The area is totally what one thinks of when they imagine Tokyo, lights and sounds everywhere. An overstimulation of the sense in the best ways.  more »
  • Lots of restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. Great area to walk around and explore. As far as red light areas go this isn’t particularly sleazy, perfectly ok for families.  more »

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