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Travel Guide - Kabuki-cho


Kabuki-cho is Japan's foremost nightlife district, which boasts over 60 years' history. It was established in 1947 as part of an effort to rebuild war-ravaged Tokyo following World War II. You may think Kabuki-cho is related to one of Japanese traditional stage arts, Kabuki, but actually there is no Kabuki theater here. The name came from a reconstruction plan to create a "healthy amusement area with entertainment facilities" in this area. However, financial issues and architectural regulations led to a halt of Kabuki theater's construction and only the name survived.
Today, Kabuki-cho is called "sleepless town" and is a major amusement district that comes alive after dark. Among the huge assortment of bars and amusement facilities such as cinemas, Pachinko parlors and Karaoke, garish neon lights of hostess clubs, "love hotels" and sleazy adult-entertainment establishments stand out. As Kabuki-cho continued to develop with Japan's booming economic grouth, a system of certification was introduced by law and consequently adult-entertainment establishments became legal and an accepted part of the landscape.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Varies according to the shop / facility


  • Varies according to the shop / facility

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 8 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station on the JR lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M08), Toei Oedo Line (E27), Toei Shinjuku Line (S01), Keio Line (KO01), or Odakyu Odawara Line
  • 5 minutes walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line (SS01)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021


japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-23
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-20
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japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-19
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
Shinjuku News @shinjuku_news_e - 2018-05-18
Attention international students! A great event called “Studying Abroad in Tokyo! Talking with Everyone—Universitie… https://t.co/5qZFTu3I9l
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-17
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
chaco @ 00 I've missed you @somnia_c - 2018-05-15
Champagne Tower at the Kabuki-cho location lmfaooooooo so perfect I'm crying

I wanna buy a Non-Alcoholic Sparkling… https://t.co/zJLDvpRpnY
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-12
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-11
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
Nori chan @football199320 - 2018-05-08
@kamiyanyan55 What are you doing in Kabuki-cho
Hendra Wong @hendrafael - 2018-05-07
Kabuki-cho (aka Godzilla Road) is very vibrant and busy area in Shinjuku,… https://t.co/9TdFUsC5YW
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-05-04
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
Dante Scarano @DontPanicBlog_ - 2018-05-01
The Robot Resturant in the heart of Kabuki-cho district in Tokyo. https://t.co/CHA7vQ9H6q https://t.co/ToMlWdDlm0
Stephen Davis @nzsd - 2018-04-30
@MaxRobitzsch Maybe a slight step beyond that but only slightly, it's certainly tamer than Soho or Kabuki-chō.
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-04-30
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
🌸 Ren Maruyama 🌸 @ThatEricaFlower - 2018-04-30
@toushitrash '.... uh, more specific? We are at kabuki-cho, aren't we?'
🌸 Ren Maruyama 🌸 @ThatEricaFlower - 2018-04-30
@toushitrash 'Kagura?' I don't know who is she but somehow I think I have heard it before. I don't know much with p… https://t.co/a7X9AWPNkm
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-04-27
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
チナアグスチナ @10969nna - 2018-04-27
You know..
佐藤 統 @HajimeSato_pf - 2018-04-27

2018.4.27 新宿LOFT ※深夜公演※
KABUKI-CHO 19TH ANNIVERSARY ”… https://t.co/8iu7YGqT7u
Florian Pagano @Florianpagano - 2018-04-24
Shot in Kabuki-cho, Tokyo. @Supreme_NYC need a good photographer for your next campaign ;) https://t.co/5YltPbTYUf
StickerTricker @StickerTricker - 2018-04-24
I liked a @YouTube video https://t.co/kKFEzLAvJ5 Gintama AMV Kabuki-Cho Arc
iya @radiomusings - 2018-04-24
reading kabuki-cho just gave me gintama flashbacks https://t.co/OFn3joFtxp
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-04-22
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Pierre Oliver @plstcp - 2018-04-20
@MelloMakes I went to Tokyo between my playthroughs of 4 & 5 and tried to find my way around kabuki-cho based on t… https://t.co/HRRCuKhJIn
roz @ruin_gazer - 2018-04-20
@ReksNerron if you wander over to akihabara find Taito HEY, that's another extremely cool arcade. or Shinjuku Sport… https://t.co/6y75in1epd
Evan O'Connell @evanoconnell - 2018-04-14
@OverUnderClover Walked through Kabuki-cho back to our hotel in Shinjuku last night: bizarre neighbourhood. https://t.co/I18KDuNXJo
Evan O'Connell @evanoconnell - 2018-04-14
Last full day in #Tokyo - flying home early tomorrow morning. After a crazy night at an izakaya in Naka-Meguro and… https://t.co/2gbi3UPqde
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-04-11
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ
佐藤 統 @HajimeSato_pf - 2018-04-09
2018.4.27 新宿LOFT ※深夜公演※
japantripnews @japantripnews - 2018-04-05
Kabuki-cho’s Dreams Available https://t.co/C7ryUxQGAZ


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