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November 1, 2017

Kabukicho: An Evolving Entertainment Oasis

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With famous movie monsters, dancing robots and one-of-a-kind bars, Kabukicho has become a hot new spot for tourists from abroad.

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Godzilla Head Bust A life-size bust of the head of the King of the Monsters lies on the 8th floor of the Shinjuku Toho Building, erected in 2015. Close-up views available to hotel guests and cafe customers.

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VR Zone Shinjuku Opened in July 2017. Features ten different state-of-the-art VR attractions, including exclusives based on popular anime and video game franchises.

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Robot Restaurant Has gone viral on social media around the world since opening in 2012. Perhaps the best-known attraction in Kabukicho among foreign tourists. Features three dazzling shows a day starting at 5PM.

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Shinjuku Golden Gai This labyrinth of tiny bars received two stars from a famous global travel guide in 2009. Interest is growing among foreign tourists. Some, but not all, bars have cover charges.

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Capcom Bar This bar and restaurant operated by the world-famous video game company serves meals and drinks based on various video game franchises. Has a high reputation on social media. Also sells game-themed merchandise.

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Idol Cafe & Bar Otome House Opened in March 2017. Staffed by active and aspiring pop music idols who put on in-house live shows and make handmade dishes from scratch.

Further Info

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1) Godzilla Head Bust
Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
2) VR Zone Shinjuku
Address: 1-29-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
3) Robot Restaurant
Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
4) Shinjuku Golden Gai
Address: 1-1-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku (and surrounding area)
5) Capcom Bar
Address: Pasela Resorts Shinjuku Honten 1F, 1-3-16 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
6) Idol Cafe & Bar Otome House
Address: Za Katerina 10FA, 1-3-15 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku

Reporter

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Daisuke Sugiyama

Nationality:
Japanese
Occupation:
Business owner / Business Producer / Editor-in-chief of "My Philosophy "
When did you first come to Japan?:
I was born in Tokyo and moved with my family to New York at age three and spent my formative years in the USA. I returned to Japan in 1995.
What I like about Tokyo:
I feel safe and excited being in Tokyo since you can probably do anything here. I travel abroad numerous times and when I come back I feel the Japanese hospitality since I grew up outside of Japan. I like that there are many restrooms anywhere (lol)