Numerous restaurants, bars, karaoke parlors, and host or hostess bars are packed in the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo's famous nightlife district. But what exactly is it that makes Kabukicho so popular among Tokyoites and tourists alike? Let's explore the nooks and crannies and glittering neon lights of "the town that never sleeps"!
One of the Largest Amusement Districts in Tokyo
Kabukicho consists of several streets and is one of the largest amusement districts in all of Asia. The reason why the town is called Kabukicho derives from a project to build a Kabuki theater in this area after World War II. Today it's a popular place with cinemas, restaurants, and bars - a colorful, glittering hot spot for nightlife!
Must-see spots in and around Kabukicho
The colorful, neon-lit arch at the entrance of Kabukicho's main street, Ichibangai-dori, is easily spotted and one of the area's famous landmarks. The street leading to the Seibu Shinjuku Station offers many restaurants and bars and is a very popular spot among international tourists, too. Another place that definitely shouldn't be missed is Golden Gai: a black market in the past, now an atmospheric back alley with hundreds of tiny, charming bars lining the narrow streets.
- Address Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
Watch a Movie While Godzilla Watches You
In 2015 the Shinjuku Toho building opened in the center of Kabukicho, at the site where a theater called Shinjuku Koma Gekijo used to exist. Toho Cinemas Shinjuku is located inside the building but the real attraction is something entirely different. A full-scale Godzilla head glares over the roof terrace down on the streets of Kabukicho, becoming a new and beloved landmark of the area. The cinema itself is equipped with the latest technology, making the most of your movie experience.
1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Shinjuku Station （JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Toei Shinjuku Line / Toei Oedo Line / Keio Line / Keio New Line / Odakyu Odawara Line）
5 minutes on foot
- Address 1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Savor High Quality Barbecue Meat by the Slice!
Jiromaru is a trendy yakiniku (barbecue) standing bar where you can order high-quality meat by the slice. Taste a wide variety of delicious of meat from A5 ranked Wagyu beef known as superior meat, to rare parts such as beef tongue and misuji (beef shoulder). The slices start at 30 yen per piece - an extremely reasonable price considering the high quality! This restaurant is incredibly popular, so be ready to queue.
Yakiniku Standing Bar Jiromaru 立喰い焼肉 治郎丸
- Address 1-26-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021