7 Tips to Safely Enjoy Kabukicho

7 Tips to Safely Enjoy Kabukicho

For many visitors to Tokyo, a night trip to the red light district of Kabukicho is a popular, if not essential, distraction. Part of Shinjuku ward, it is easily found from JR Shinjuku station, just a short stroll, in fact. Whatever part of the world you are from, you will probably know of places in your own capital that are similar. And as Kabukicho is near to the shopping areas around Shinjuku station, and to the famous skyscrapers, it can make for an exciting end to a day outing. However, one should be cautious when wandering around Kabukicho, for there are some pitfalls for the unwary ‘tourist’. To enjoy the sights and sounds of Kabukicho and avoid coming away with negative memories, here are a few points you should bear in mind.



 

7 Tips to Safely Enjoy Kabukicho

 

1. Don’t Invite Trouble

It is a sad fact of life that some establishments in red light areas the world over tend to be frequented, or indeed managed, by… shall we say, those with at least one foot outside of the law. So, rule number 1 is simply not to start any arguments you cannot finish!

 

2. The Water Trade

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Having said that, the overt prostitution that some world cities allow, is NOT a part of the Kabukicho experience. Mizu-shobai (the Water Trade) is the traditional word for night time entertainments in Japan, where hostess bars, bawdy cabarets and the euphemistically termed ‘snack bars’ provide weary businessmen and travellers with a little erotic entertainment. In Kabukicho, the hostess bar has achieved its ultimate expression and they can provide an evening of fun for lone travellers, groups of friends or, indeed couples, where beautiful female (or male) companions will attend your table and flirt with you.

 

3. How Deep is Your Pocket?

It must be said, Kabukicho is expensive, and the most expensive places are the host and hostess clubs. A couple drinks can easily cost over ? 10,000! So, always ask about prices before you order anything. There might also be cover charges or other costs, so if you’re on a budget, make sure to be careful.

 

4. Just Say No… Thank You

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Outside some of the hostess bars in Kabukicho, there are often young men, or women, trying to entice passers-by to enter. Some of them can be quite determined! Always make up your own mind which establishment to enter by carefully perusing the signs outside for indications of prices. If you don’t want to enter, just politely say ‘no thank you’ and move on. In fact, never hang about outside such establishments, even to take shelter when it’s raining; the proprietors do not like it!

 

5. Atmosphere

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Of course, ‘moving on’ is what most visitors to Kabukicho do; there is so much to see and so much atmosphere to soak up. Get dressed up and just stroll around the area, taking in the bright lights, sounds and smells ? it’s totally free! People watchers and street photographers will love Kabukicho.

 

6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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Visitors experiencing Tokyo nights for the first time may feel they’ve stumbled onto the set of ‘Blade Runner’! With that in mind, you might like to try Kabukicho’s Robot Restaurant, where diners can see the amazing stage show featuring dancers and real robots!

 

7. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?

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Japan is famous for its love hotels and Kabukicho, as you might expect, has several to choose from. These short stay hotels are often themed, with kitsch decor, showers, and uniquely styled double beds. Prices vary according to length of stay and the ‘theme’ and quality of the rooms. They’re great places to take a date or a spouse after a romantic evening out.

 

Conclusion

A walk around Kabukicho is highly recommended for sightseers. In fact, you can’t really avoid it as the surrounding areas are so full of great shops and department stores, restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, regular bars and nightspots, and even Irish style pubs! So, make sure to add Kabukicho to your Tokyo itinerary… you won’t be disappointed.

 

7 Tips to Safely Enjoy Kabukicho

1. Don’t Invite Trouble
2. The Water Trade
3. How Deep is Your Pocket?
4. Just Say No… Thank You
5. Atmosphere
6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
7. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?