Kabukichō

Area in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Tokyo’s biggest red-light district, which covers several blocks north of Yasukuni-dōri, was famously named for a kabuki theatre that was never built. Today, it's a strange place in transition, with a growing number of hotels and attractions aimed at tourists, but still plenty of cabarets and love hotels on the side streets. It's generally safe to walk through, though men and women both may attract unwanted attention, especially late at night – best not to go alone.

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