Shinjuku Kabukicho is the largest red light district in Japan. It is the most famous and notorious area with many bars, pubs, taverns, adult entertainment shops, and host clubs. In this area there is the Japanese mafia(yakuza), Chinese mafia, swindling and pickpockets, so please take care of yourself here more than you would in other places.
At the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station, there is a building with a large monitor, “Studio Alta”, which is a famous meeting point. There is a fruit shop called “Hyakkaen” next to Studio Alta when you go through Kabukicho.
The fruit shop sells a large amount of cut fruit skewered on wooden chopsticks. It is good to eat these cold fruits while walking in the summertime. There are many kinds of fruits, such as strawberries, pineapples, melons and durians.
Along Yasukuni street, neon signs of Kabukicho are bright all night and it is said to be the city that never sleeps. Most of the neon signs are on crappy buildings, such as Pachinko, shops with loan sharks, sex shops, the discount store “Don Quijote”, etc…
When you come to Kabukicho, let’s dive through the gate of “Kabukicho Ichibangai” and enjoy the chaotic zone, the largest red-light district of the East. The entrance to Japan’s most famous entertainment district, Shinjuku Kabukicho, has stood as if it is sucking the desire out of people.
Kabukicho is the town that was made from city planning after WW2 to reconstruct the burnt ruins as the city of art and entertainment. A kabuki theatre was actually never not built, but the name of “Kabukicho” remained.
Kabukicho became the entertainment city and it gathered people who lived in the underworld, such as yakuza, Chinese mafia, Taiwanese mafia, Korean mafia, gangs, street hawkers, and prostitutes. Kabukicho was the hotbed of crimes and there are many murder cases,
but it has been purified under the influence of the purification operations in 2004. A new hotel is also constructed and there are many foreign tourists walking through Kabukicho.
The robot restaurant is particularly popular and crowed with foreign tourists. The garish stage of dancing huge sexy robots are very appropriate to Kabukicho. The company that runs the robot restaurant is successful in the sex industry, such as telephone dating clubs, video boxes, and manga cafes.
In Kabukicho, there are many free information offices of erotic entertainment services, pink salons(which is a blowjob bar), soapland(which is a Japanese-style brothel), strip clubs, peep shows, cabarets, erotic massage clubs, and sex shops even after the purification operation.
To the south of Furin kaikan, there are dubious and dim alleys, called “Omoide no nukemichi”, which means “memories of the loophole.” When you take one step in, you feel like you are walking in Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Things like snack pubs and mysterious shops are concentrated in these narrow alleys.
Kabukicho is the city that the underworld of Japan has been condensed into. If you walk in Kabukicho at night, you can encounter gangsters, hosts, runaway girls and prostitutes.
[How to go]a 10 minute walk from the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station
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