Tokyo has made a name for itself around the world as a city that has it all. Whether you’re in search of luxury hotels, great food and dining or entertainment, you can be sure to find it somewhere in Japan’s capital.
But while tourists and locals alike would normally have to do some planning, taking into account the location of their accommodation and the proximity of the things they wished to see and do around the city, the newly completed Kabukicho Tower in the heart of Tokyo has taken a bit of everything and condensed it into one single location.
Spread across an impressive 47-story complex, it’s almost hard to know where to begin, so here we will work our way from the bottom up and explore the best of Shinjuku’s latest attraction.
Beats Below Ground
Although most of Kabukicho Tower stretches from street level and towards the clouds, the complex actually begins below ground across multiple basement levels where visitors will find both Zepp Shinjuku and Zero Tokyo.
The combination of light and sound in Zero Tokyo creates a clubbing experience like no other.
A hybrid venue, by day Zepp Shinjuku operates as a live music hall with a capacity of up to 1500 people, while later in the night, the space becomes Zero Tokyo, a futuristic clubbing experience heightened through the use of intense lighting effects by Japan-based collective, Cosmic Lab.
Keeping things fresh, Zepp Shinjuku and Zero Tokyo make a point of hosting a variety of both domestic and international artists and DJs, ensuring that no matter how often you go, there’s always a new experience waiting.
Food and Entertainment
Moving up to the first floors of Kabukicho Tower, visitors are greeted by multiple levels of restaurants and unique entertainment options.
With a wide variety and food and drink options, Kabuki-Yokocho has something to suit all tastes.
The first stop for most people is the Kabuki-Yokocho food hall on the 2nd floor. Translating to Kabuki-Alleyway in English, this dining area is an almost futuristic take on the quintessential Tokyo alleyways that are typically populated with small bars and izakayas. Here visitors can choose from a variety of traditional Japanese food, including everything from ramen and gyoza, to okonomiyaki and curry. A stage located in the center of the 1300 seat dining area is also home to live performances on Friday evenings.
Continuing up to the 3rd floor, it’s a gamers’ paradise at the Namco Tokyo arcade. Setting itself apart from the countless other arcades found across the city, Namco Tokyo also includes a bar, making it the perfect place to stop for a cocktail or dessert after dinner downstairs. A combination of state-of-the-art arcade games and literally hundreds of gachapon machines then makes it a great spot to game the night away.
With its own in-house bar, Namco Tokyo is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while trying your luck.
Then on the 4th floor is The Tokyo Matrix. A one-of-a-kind fully interactive adventure, visitors here can join forces in groups of up to three and battle their way through hordes of enemies in digital dungeons, all while using your own body movement to control the characters on screen. A journey that is advertised as only possible through the use of strength, brains, teamwork and a never-give-up spirit.
Taking to the Stage
For those who enjoy the arts, floors 6 through 8 of Kabukicho Tower belong to the incredible Theater Milano-Za.
A 900-seat auditorium-style theater, Theater Milano-Za offers a refined atmosphere where stage shows and other live performances can be enjoyed more intimately than in comparison to many traditional theaters.
As an indication of the variety and quality of stage shows that will be on offer, the theater is currently running an adaptation of the award-winning Korean feature film “Parasite”. This adaptation, set in 90s Kansai Japan, will run until early August, at which point the classic tale “Call from the City of Girls” will take to the stage.
Ensuring that guests can remain refreshed, Theater Milano-Za also includes a bar overlooking the Shinjuku skyline. Here, theatergoers can enjoy alcohol, soft drinks and snacks. But please note, they do not accept cash.
Restaurants and bars located throughout Kabukicho Tower leave visitors with plenty of unique dining options.
Luxury Cinema Experience
There is no name more synonymous with movies in Tokyo than 109 Cinemas, and Kabukicho Tower features the best of their film offerings with the inclusion of 109 Cinemas Premium.
Situated across levels 9 and 10, 109 Cinemas Premium is about as luxurious and immersive as it gets in terms of a moviegoing experience. With options for large premium seating including electronic reclining, panoramic screens and a sound system that was personally overseen by the late Japanese composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, seeing a movie at 109 Cinemas Premium is truly something special.
Also included in the ticket price is free popcorn and soft drink which can be refilled as often as you like until the movie begins, while alcoholic drinks can also be purchased from the bar at extra cost.
Stay the Night
For those that want to stay as close as possible to the world of options found throughout Kabukicho Tower, there are also plenty of accommodation options available across Hotel Groove Shinjuku and Bellustar Tokyo, both of which are located within the upper floors of the tower.
A partner of Parkroyal hotels and resorts, Hotel Groove Shinjuku occupies floors 18 through 37 and features over 500 colorful and stylish rooms brimming with artistic flair and references to Japanese pop culture. Also including other amenities such as laundry facilities, Hotel Groove Shinjuku is the perfect base for those looking for an extended stay in Tokyo.
Spa facilities available at Bellustar Tokyo ensure that guests leave Kabuchiko Tower relaxed and recharged.
Finally, the uppermost section of Kabukicho Tower between floors 39 and 47 belongs to the luxurious Bellustar Tokyo. On top of access to a day spa, bar and restaurants, all guest rooms at the Bellustar Tokyo include 7-metre-wide windows that give guests incredible panoramic views of the city skyline, while the penthouse suites offer unimpeded 360-degree views that rival even the best lookout platforms in Tokyo.
For more information on Kabukicho Tower, including the schedules for movies, events and performances, or to make a hotel booking, you can visit the Kabukicho Tower website.