From maid cafes to hentai to online girlfriends, Japan’s adult industry is unique, and it is safe to bet that the same applies for its red light districts. Kabukicho is renowned as the largest red light district in Tokyo and its character is much more animated than most other city’s saucy centres. Full of neon lights, bright colours and manga-inspired posters of sexy Japanese girls, Kabukicho at first glance seems to evade the grit found in places such as Amsterdam and Bangkok. But don’t be fooled, these Shinjuku streets are lined with escorts ready to fulfil your erotic fantasies.
One thing that many travellers note is the high price of the clubs, massage parlours, strip joints and love hotels. Be prepared to spend big and have cash on you; many venues do not accept card. Another hurdle for many travellers is that you really need a Japanese guide to be able to get into the best venues; Kabukicho is a red light district for locals. Roppongi might be an easier place to navigate if you do not speak Japanese. However, the positive side to Kabukicho is that there are literally thousands of options to choose from. With the right guidance you can find whatever you are looking for, whether it is fantasy, hardcore, erotic massage or simply just a bar. There are also establishments for all sexual orientations and sexes.
If your travel plans are to just window shop, then Kabukicho is still definitely worth a visit. Lined with unique attractions such as the Robot Restaurant and hundreds of great karaoke bars, Kabukicho offers unique experiences and is sure to give you a great story to tell your mates back home.
Like with all red light districts, Kabukicho can be dangerous. Make sure you always know what you are getting yourself into. However, if explored with caution, Kabukicho can be a unique and stimulating place. Full of distinct Japanese venues such as pink salons, oppai bars, hostess bars, health clubs, image clubs and soap lands, Kabukicho is sure to leave you with a smile and maybe even a happy ending.