Sleepless Amusement Town
Kabuki-cho is Asia’s largest amusement district housing over three thousand bars, nightclubs, restaurants and other entertainment outlets. The area has attracted people not only from all over Japan, but also from abroad. The area is sometimes called the “Sleepless Town” for its neon‐lit streets that stay on until dawn.
Once Planned to Build Kabuki Theater
After WWII, where the bombing of Tokyo razed the area to the ground, a kabuki theater was planned to be built on the east side of Shinjuku Station, and thus the area for the theater changed its name to Kabuki-cho, meaning the town of Kabuki. Eventually the plan to develop Kabuki theater was cancelled due to financial issues, but the name of the town remained unchanged since then.