Filled with a seemingly never-ending throng of people—from groups of local businessmen to wide-eyed tourists—Kabukicho is a fun, noisy, and unique place. With themed bars and “love hotels”, it’s not a place to come with kids, but grown-ups will be entertained by the bright lights and kitschy entertainment on offer, from arcades packed with pinball machines (known as Pachinko Parlours) to souvenir shops selling all manner of items.
Kabukicho’s Robot Restaurant is known throughout the world and attracts visitors from all over. Here, diners sit down to eat while an intense high-octane, high-color music and dance show takes over the restaurant floor. It’s an experience that’s impossible to forget. Many visitors choose to navigate the Kabukicho district with a guide or as part of a tour to take the guesswork out of the experience.
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Things to Know Before You Go
- Pre-book for the Robot Restaurant in advance to avoid disappointment.
- While Kabukicho is reasonably safe, it’s a good idea to visit the area with other people—guided walking tours are one way to experience the area as part of a group.
- The legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.
- Many bars and restaurants in the area are cash-only.
How to Get There
The Kabukicho entertainment district is located in Shinjuku in downtown Tokyo. The closest station is JR Shinjuku—head to the East Major Exit and you’ll be a short walk from Kabukicho.
When to Get There
Kabukicho is best visited at night when the bars fill with people and the hundreds of neon signs light up. Keep your wits about you and be wary of people trying to aggressively encourage you to visit their establishment—you might end up paying over the odds for food and drink.
Visit Shinjuku’s Gyoen National Garden For something to do in Shinjuku during daylight hours, head to the Gyoen National Garden, a tranquil park with pools and pleasant walking paths. The park was established in 1772 when Tokyo was still known as Edo. It’s one of the most popular places to go in the city during hanami, or cherry blossom season (late March).
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