Tokyo and its Surroundings
Kabukichô and Golden Gai
© Kabukichô and Golden Gai
Kabukichô (or Kabuki-Chô) is now one of the nightlife hotspots in Tokyo, populated by a multitude of bars, nightclubs ...
Originally known as Tsunohazu (角 筈), this ancient district of Edo was just a vast swamp west of the imperial center. Under the Meiji era it was drained to gradually turn into a residential place with the help of the Yodobashi company. The bombings of Tokyo in 1945 completely destroyed the place and it took many earthworks to rehabilitate it.
The post-war government intended to build a theater dedicated to Kabuki but the idea was not adopted due to lack of resources. However, the name chosen for the district remained unchanged. The district will be successively reshaped by various cultural contributions, notably Chinese and Korean, to achieve the form we know it today.
Kabukichô (or Kabuki-Chô) is now one of the nightlife hotspots in Tokyo, populated with a multitude of bars, nightclubs, love hotels and other establishments that the correction imposes on us to avoid quoting.
When you visit this district you often come out either with an impression of unease (especially at night) because you will not be able to stand the omnipresent debauchery, or with lots of neon lights and music in your head.
SHINJUKU GOLDEN GAI
The Golden Gai is a neighborhood within the neighborhood neighborhood. Located inside Kabukichô, it is THE place for small bars. We quickly walked around since there are only 4 alleys, but it takes longer if we stop to drink.