Covering approximately 100 square blocks near JR Shinjuku station’s east exit Kabukicho features countless restaurants, bars, hostess clubs, karaoke, love hotels, arcades, shops, movie theatres and red light establishments.
Take care when you visit because it is considered to be one of Tokyo’s most dangerous districts, due to many of the business being run by the Yakuza. Personally I have never felt unsafe there, when I compare it with many other big cities Kabukicho to me is just a fantastic entertaining experience.
As you can see the light show is extraordinary and it’s a perfect place for “people watching”. In September 2015 my friend and I were having a beer outside a small bar watching the passing parade, when 5 Japanese ladies who were visiting Tokyo from other parts of the country asked if they could have a photo taken with us. Feeling like “rock stars” naturally we said yes, just another example of one of the many nice things that occur in this wonderful country.
Kabukicho is part of Shinjuku which boasts of the world’s busiest railway station. Close to the station is a fascinating little alley called “Memory Lane”, however I prefer the other name it is often called, “Piss Alley”.
Go to the food section to see my review on this quaint Tokyo street.
Here is my photo blog on Kabukicho.
I sometimes stay at the Toyoko Inn at Kabukicho, an excellent budget hotel.
Review by David Herd – www.fivestarvagabond.com