Foto Friday: Kabukicho, Tokyo’s Red-Light District

Foto Friday: Kabukicho, Tokyo’s Red-Light District

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of Kabukicho in Tokyo, Japan.

Kabukicho is often referred to in Japanese as the “Sleepless Town”. Located in a corner of Shinjuku, it’s Tokyo’s infamous red-light and entertainment district. At all times of night you’ll find blaring neon lights and signs enticing customers to come into one of its three thousand restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other more raunchier places. The amount of neon is overwhelming as the signs pile up some 13 floor and higher above the crowds.

Considered one of the most dangerous areas of Japan, and the largest red-light districts in Asia, it’s safe if you just want to wander the streets to take in the atmosphere, but be careful what shops you walk into. Many of the establishments are run by Japanese yakuza, or mob, and you may find yourself in some trouble if you’re not keeping your wits about you. During the day you’ll find many tourists and police officers strolling the alleys, but at night, it’s a whole different crowd of people.

Tokyo, Japan

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8 Comments

  1. July 27, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Looks indeed like a sleepless city :)

    • Beth Williams
      August 5, 2014 / 12:39 am

      It really is! People are out at all hours of the night… usually drinking or passed out drunk, but still out! ;)

  2. July 21, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    I am about to move to live in Tokoyo myself. Also getting very excited! I will have to read more of your Japan articles

    • Beth Williams
      July 21, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      Awesome! What will you be doing there? I’m hoping to move back maybe around January.

  3. July 20, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    Glad you linked your blog to Facebook, I’m getting really excited about Tokyo now! Are you in Hong Kong atm? I love that place, used to live there <3

    • Beth Williams
      July 21, 2014 / 5:03 am

      I’m currently backpacking around Europe for 6 weeks, but I was living in HK for 2 years! It’s one of my favorite cities. :)
      When are you heading to Tokyo?

  4. July 18, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    I can’t get enough of your posts and pictures of Japan. All sounds so exotic… maybe one day ill see all this for myself. In the meantime keep posting ill keep reading :)

    • Beth Williams
      August 5, 2014 / 12:39 am

      I hope you make it there soon! If you need help with trip planning, let me know :)