Kabukicho Tokyo the sleepless town, an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Kabukicho is the location of many host and hostess clubs, love hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, and is often called the “Sleepless Town”
Kabukicho Tokyo has transformed from a residential area to a world famous red-light district housing over three thousand bars, nightclubs, love hotels, massage parlours, hostess clubs and the like. Although referred here as a “red light district”, there are no red lights in the literal sense with prostitutes in the windows as in Amsterdam.
The “sleepless town”
According to a spokesperson of Metropolitan Tokyo in 2004, there are more than 1,000 yakuza members in Kabukicho, and 120 different enterprises under their control.
Entering the new millennium, laws were more strictly enforced and patrols became more frequent. These, adding to the installation of fifty closed-circuit cameras in May 2002, reduced criminal activities here, amidst controversy.
In 2004, the police undertook an operation clamping down on illegal clubs and brothels, causing many to go out of business. Also, there is a movement to rid this area of the yakuza (“bad hand” gangs), known as the Kabukicho Renaissance.
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Neon lights everywhere in Kabukicho
An Australian influence?
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A typical Kabukicho neon.
One of many love hotels
Kabukicho is the largest red light district in Asia.
Another love hotel
You have the option to pay for a short stay or all night, up to you.
It really is the town that never sleeps
They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but for me Kabukicho Tokyo is the world’s brightest city.
Check out those wonderful innocent faces. 🙂 Photo by Phoenix & Phoenix.
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