The largest entertainment district in East Asia, with more than 4000 restaurants and amusement spots
After the town became a burned field during the bombing of Tokyo in 1945, it was decided to carry out a development plan featuring show-business facilities. Because the construction of a performance hall for kabuki was planned at that time, the district was named Kabukicho. Although the plan was never realized, rows of eating and drinking establishments started to develop in the mid 1960s.
Currently, a small area of about 600 square meters bordered by Yasukuni Street, Seibu Shinjuku Ekimae Street, Shokuan Street and Shinjuku Kuyakusho Street is filled with more than 4000 commercial establishments. This largest entertainment district in East Asia is visited by many tourists from abroad. It is a place where Japanese-style entertainment is condensed, with various types of restaurants where you can enjoy cuisine from different regions of Japan and throughout the world, theaters, clubs with live music, comic cafes where you can browse many comic books, Japanese-style pubs, and pachinko parlors.
Kabukicho is always busy-crowded on weekdays as well as weekends-because it is very conveniently close to Shinjuku Station, a huge terminal station for many lines of five train companies (JR East, Keio Corporation, Odakyu Electric Railway, Tokyo Metro and the Bureau of Transportation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government), as well as Seibu Shinjuku Station. It is also referred to as a town that never sleeps, with glittering neon and people walking even in the small hours. It is one of the largest night spots in the world.
- Kabukicho, Shinjuku-k, Tokyo
- 03-3209-9291 (Kabukicho Shopping District Association)