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Kabukicho Tower – Expo 2025: Live to Travel, Travel to Live

Kabukicho Tower

Shinjuku Kabuki Hall Kabuki-Yokocho is a festival-themed, ultra-sensory, next-generation food hall on the second floor of the Tokyu Kabukicho Tower entertainment complex. Here you can find a total of 10 restaurants serving "soul food" from all over Japan. You can also enjoy cultural events and traditional arts performances, along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. Every Sunday, the tower hosts festival groups and traditional arts shows, and once a month it serves as the venue for karaoke competitions! Some restaurants are even open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy delicious food and entertainment no matter the hour.

Local insights

My name is Yamada, and I am the manager here. Since the Kabuki Hall is a collective facility with 10 stores, our role is to provide information on the entire building and its services, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Kabukicho Tower and Expo 2025

At Shinjuku Kabuki Hall Kabuki-Yokocho, you can enjoy Japanese cuisine, sake, and local foods in diverse styles, all of which connect to the Expo theme, "Empowering Lives."

Q1: How does this attraction bring tourists and locals together?

A: Shinjuku Kabuki Hall Kabuki-Yokocho aims to give a modern twist to traditional Japanese culture and introduce it to the next generation and overseas visitors. The restaurants offer enjoyable atmospheres where people can easily communicate beyond boundaries. The food menus have pictures and English translations*, so they are easy to understand. We believe this atmosphere and support will help smoothen communication with tourists, as well as the person sitting next to you and people across borders. *Currently, only some stores have English menus available. However, by April or May, all stores are scheduled to have English menus.

Q2: What kind of impressions have you got from visitors?

A: A tourist from Australia visited to have Hiroshima-yaki (Osaka-style savory pancake) since they wanted their friends to try it, and another family had a wonderful time at a Kyushu-Okinawa restaurant. On a past weekend, foreign visitors were enchanted by the unique skills and culture of Japan, as the special stages featured kendama (a wooden skill toy) and the grandeur of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. A French family was enthralled by the performance of the Aomori Nebuta Festival, which created a moment of friendship between foreign visitors and Japanese people.

Q3: Any message for visitors planning to see Expo 2025?

A: At Kabukicho Tower, you will not only enjoy flavorful food, but also experience Japanese culture and genuine communication with the locals. Since the tower is not a place focused on catering to overseas tourists, you will be able to feel and enjoy the allure of Japan in a much more profound way. Please come and explore its charms!

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