Shin-Okubo: Exploring Tokyo’s Biggest Koreatown

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Just five minutes from tourist mecca Shinjuku, Shin-Okubo (Tokyo’s Koreatown) has a vibe unlike anywhere else in Tokyo.
Want to experience a totally different side of Tokyo’s nightlife? Look no further than Shin-Okubo. While it’s just a stone’s throw from Shinjuku’s (in)famous Kabukicho district, it might as well be a thousand miles culturally from the rest of Tokyo.
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Once an affordable neighborhood, the area became popular with Korean students and laborers in the ‘80s, and has been slowly shaped to cater to Korean tastes. These days Shin-Okubo can feel more like party central than a modest residential zone.
While Japan–Korea relations are often fraught, Shin-Okubo feels like it’s currently riding high on th

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