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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Eat & Drink

Kabukicho 歌舞伎町

Battling robots, a six-floor onsen, and tiny, quirky bars and eateries—all in Tokyo's neon heart

Kabukicho in Shinjuku is the most densely packed, neon-burning, boisterous yet safest red-light district in Asia and, possibly, in the world.

Don't Miss

  • The wild shows at the Robot Restaurant
  • Saying hello to Godzilla
  • Touring the tiny bars and eateries in Golden Gai

How to Get There

Close to JR Shinjuku Station and metro subway lines, Kabukicho is easy to reach.

Kabukicho is just a five-minute walk from the east exit of JR Shinjuku Station, as well as from stops on the Fukutoshin, Marunouchi, and Seibu-Shinjuku Lines. Get to the big boulevard, Yasukuni Dori, and you should see the giant Don Quixote store that marks the main street in Kabukicho.

Godzilla looms over the area

Walking straight past Don Quixote, the street goes directly to a huge entertainment complex, with a multiplex cinema and the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku above it. When you look up, you'll see Godzilla, one of Kabukicho's newest residents. By going to the roof—part of the hotel—you can see him up close.

Robots versus fembots

Kabukicho is an entertainment district that caters to pretty much any person's taste and budget, even the wild and fantastical. Since 2012, the Robot Restaurant has been delighting guests with its mindblowing cabaret show mixing robots with vivacious dancers. The highlight, of course, is when the robots and fembots battle on stage.

The bright lights, lasers, loud music, and frenzy are perfectly suited to Kabukicho. It's actually so overwhelming that the rest of the environment will seem subdued in comparison.

A trip down memory lane

The very lowbrow alleys of Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho—full of tiny, atmospheric bars and restaurants—are not officially part of Kabukicho, but they are close enough. Both of these cozy alleys are packed densely with the kind of ambiance that makes for an unforgettable night out.

Just keep your wits about you

Ignore the hawkers. They're harmless, but the places they work for generally charge more money than what they supply is worth. If you follow any of them into their bar, restaurant or club, be prepared to get an oversized bill.

Other things to try

In just over two years, Thermae-Yu has become one of Kabukicho's most loved locations. It gets rave reviews both from locals and visitors. It's a six-floor onsen, with water trucked in every day from Shizuoka. The facilities are open 22 hours each day and more importantly, overnight. Many people use it as a place to spend the night after the last trains have left the station.

The baths, relaxation rooms, saunas, and spa are all first-rate. It is clean, safe, and even has good food. You may also want to plan to stay here one night, instead of as a last resort.