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Tokyo Shinjuku Kabukicho “Godzilla Head”

The area around Tokyo Shinjuku is divided into several districts, and among them, you can find a place called “Kabukicho.” This area was developed as part of the post-World War II revival effort in Japan.

The urban development project in Shinjuku started in 1948, and due to plans to build a performance hall in Kabukicho, it was named “Kabukicho.” Ironically, the Kabuki Theater never came to fruition.

Instead, Kabukicho started gaining fame for something else. It transformed into a renowned entertainment district in Tokyo, housing bars, restaurants, karaoke, host bars, clubs, and more, making it a vibrant part of Tokyo’s nightlife.

“Godzilla Head” in Tokyo Shinjuku Kabukicho:

In 2015, Japan’s largest film group, TOHO, erected a building in Kabukicho. Along with a cinema, they brought the upscale hotel “Gracery” to the area, altering Kabukicho’s atmosphere. By installing a Godzilla Head-shaped structure on the building, it attracted numerous tourists and locals. This changed the original dark and entertainment-filled ambiance of Kabukicho. While cautionary announcements in Korean still caution visitors about the area, it can be said that the atmosphere completely transformed after 2015.

“Up-Close View of Godzilla Head”

The Godzilla Head in Shinjuku is easily visible from the streets, creating a unique atmosphere. For those who want a closer view, there are two ways to do so:

  • Stay at the Gracery Hotel:
  • The TOHO building houses the Gracery Hotel, and staying there allows you to see the Godzilla Head up close. There is even a special room with a Godzilla theme, and if desired, you can spend a night in this unique room. The regular rate for Gracery Hotel is approximately $100 per night, equivalent to around 130,000 won.
  • Visit the Café “Bonjour” on the 8th Floor:
  • Another option is to use the café, “Bonjour,” located on the 8th floor of the building. While it may be somewhat more expensive compared to other nearby cafes, it is not overly burdensome. For approximately 900 to 1,000 yen per person, you can pay around 10,000 won each to enter and have a close-up view of the Godzilla Head.

“Experience Godzilla’s Roar” – Times to Hear Godzilla’s Roar:

Godzilla roars twice a day, at 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Planning a visit during these times can add to the excitement.

On the 8th floor of the same building, you can find a Godzilla souvenir shop. Purchasing a memento could be a good idea if you wish.

The Godzilla Head in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, offers an interesting experience. Whether you choose to stay in a hotel room themed after Godzilla, visit a café for a close-up view, or just explore the area, it’s a place worth considering for a fun visit.

“Japan Tokyo, Shinjuku, Godzilla Head”:

  • Address: 〒160-0021, 1 Chome-18-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
  • TOHO Website: TOHO Shinjuku