Kabukicho, one of Tokyo’s busiest nightlife and red light districts, offers the foreign visitor nothing short of a bizarre cultural experience. An estimated 150,000 people pass through the district’s 200 clubs and 80 love hotels each day, and you’re much more likely to see groups of male work associates in business suits than couples or families. After dark, the district lights up with LED signs in every color covering nearly any open wall surface. Many of the clubs catering to executives and lonely husbands are themed, so you’ll see girls wandering around in full costume on their way to or from work.

While Kabukicho isn’t a place to take the kids, it isn’t nearly as promiscuous from the street as other red light districts around the world. Come enjoy the people watching after a dinner in one of the district’s many izakayas. Even the restaurants here are themed, allowing you to enjoy a meal locked up in a stone jail cell or in a cafe full of real cats.

Despite the area’s less-than-stellar reputation, Kabukicho is remarkably safe, but it’s a good idea to come with other people and leave before midnight with the sex bars are legally required to close.

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Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

Prepare for an eclectic evening with a Japanese cabaret show at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district! Each entertaining 1-hour show ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.54

Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Take a walk on the wild side with an evening tour through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, and get a local's look into the best shopping and ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.06

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