Where can I meet the host in Japan ? Tips for foreigners host club in Shinjuku-city kabuki-cho

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I would like to see a host, where can I meet one in Japan?

This article is intended for those who have these questions.

“I wanna know about host clubs in Japan!”

Many people have become interested in host clubs through TV and social media like youtube,x,instagram,tiktok.

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I used to be like that.

In this article, we will explain where host clubs are located in Japan.

By reading this article, you can see where host clubs are located in Japan.

If you want to know more about host clubs in Japan, please read to the end.

Where are host clubs located in Japan?

Before explaining where host clubs are located in Japan, let me explain about Japanese cities.

Five major cities in Japan

Japan has five major cities.In order of population,

  1. Tokyo
  2. Osaka
  3. Nagoya
  4. Sapporo
  5. Fukuoka

Host clubs are in every 5 city.

But, Tokyo is the most populous city.

So if you want to go to a host club, get off at Haneda Airport.

Haneda Airport is the closest airport to Tokyo.

Where are host clubs located in Tokyo?

The host club is located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-city, Tokyo.(in Japanese “新宿区 歌舞伎町”)

Shinjuku Station is 15 minutes from Tokyo Station on the JR Chuo Line Special Rapid, and about 30 minutes on the JR Yamanote Line.

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There are several ways to get from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station.

What is Kabukicho like?

Kabukicho is located just off Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station is one of the best stations in Japan.

It is surrounded by skyscrapers, shopping centers and department stores.

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It is one of the most crowded stations in Japan.

Shinjuku Metropolitan Government Office

The city is very lively. 

Kabukicho is the largest entertainment district in Japan

Kabukicho is the largest entertainment district in Japan.

  • bar
  • bar with female companions for male customers
  • adult entertainment
  • host club
  • Love hotel (a short-stay hotel used mainly for sexual activities)

There are many stores.

Kabukicho has many bars and drinking areas.

History of Host Clubs in Japan

Host Club Overview

A host club is a nightclub that caters primarily to female customers. It is a place where male employees, called hosts, entertain customers.

The main purpose is to have a good time through conversation and entertainment while serving drinks.

High Earnings

The role of the host is to provide a good time to the clientele and keep them coming back. Popular hosts can earn money through high tips and bottle-keeping, and successful hosts can earn a high income.

However, competition is fierce and many leave without making any money at all.

Good Looks

People who become hosts put a lot of effort into their appearance. Some host clubs are even portrayed as romantic in media and entertainment productions.

Many hosts nowadays look like K-pop idols.

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They have good looks, pleasant customer service and high income.

The Problem with Host Clubs


Host clubs form a unique culture as part of the nightlife district. On the other hand, they also face social problems such as high fees, dependency, and financial burdens.

Host Clubs pricing plans

There are four types of payments in host clubs.

  • Set fee
  • Nomination fee
  • Drink and food charges (food and beverage charges)
  • Service charge and TAX

In addition to the set fee, a “nomination fee”is charged when you nominate your favorite host.

When you nominate a host, a nomination fee of about 3,000 yen per nomination is charged, and the proceeds are credited to the host’s salary.

Depending on the store, how many hours you can stay and how much it will cost you will vary.

I recommend You should be prepared to pay 30,000 yen.

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There may be few host clubs for foreigners…

From entering to leaving the store

This video, in Japanese, will give you the experience from entering to leaving the Host club store.

Top 3 Famous Host Clubs

Here are my three best famous host clubs.

1.The club

The club is a host club that was created after the owner, Roland, became very popular on social media after a TV appearance, and he went out on his own.

He is good looking, but his success has made him the object of boys’ admiration.

”I want to be a host like Roland who is rich, popular with the ladies, lives in a mansion!” He attracts Japanese boys.

Opening Hours:20:00〜24:00(LO 23:15)

Closed: Every Monday, 1st and 31st of each month

Address:2-21-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Sophia 2 Building 6F

>>> The Club

2.Harem

Harlem, where all the popular hosts are located, is a store with a fairly large floor space in the host industry.

They are putting a lot of effort into youtube,tiktok.

They shares candid episodes in real time, including hosts who did not sell at all, hosts who succeeded, times of good sales, store crises, and more.

Opening Hours:19:30~24:00 (L.O 23:15)

Closed: 1st of every month and Monday

Address:2-10-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4F Yukizaki Bldg.

>>> Harem

3.TOP DANDY

Top Dandy is a leader in the current host club scene.

Top Dandy continues to produce many legendary hosts and star players.

The quality of the staff, the number of people, and the quality of service are all top class.

Opening Hours:19:00~24:00

Closed: Every Wednesday

Address:B1F Arao Building, 2-25-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

>>> TOP DANDY

Media, Games, anime, and manga featuring hosts

Games

Yakuza(龍が如く Ryu ga Gotoku) is a TV game Developed by Sega.

The setting is Shinjuku Kabukicho, where hosts and host clubs appear.

In 2005, Yakuza was released for the PlayStation 2. The series has sold more than 21.3 million units worldwide as of 2023.

anime,manga

Ouran High School Host Club was serialized in Hakusensha. The comic sold more than 3 million copies in total.

The story takes place in the club activities host club of “Ouran High School Host Club,” a celebrity high school attended by the sons and daughters of extremely wealthy men and women.

TV drama

Yaoh is a manga work written by Ryo Kurashina (story) and Noriyoshi Inoue (artwork). It is also a TV drama based on the manga.

The story of Ryosuke Matoba, who moved to Tokyo from Hokkaido, and the various confrontations he has with hosts in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

This is a story of effort, friendship, triumph, and love among the hosts in the neon district of the night.

youtube channel

Host TV is Japanese a youtube channel dedicated to the host industry.

Host clubs pay for this youtube channel to promote their stores.

>>> HOST-TV

Web media

Hosu-Hosu is a host recruitment media. Customers come to the store after seeing this.

>>>Hosu-Hosu(ホストクラブ紹介・ホスト求人サイト ホスホス)

Caution: Some host clubs are dangerous.

Originally, the hosts’ main customers are women working in cabarets and sex clubs.

Host Club Issues

Host clubs are bars where men entertain mainly female customers, and recently there has been a notable increase in the number of consultations regarding repayment.

Involvement in prostitution

Some women may engage in prostitution to earn money for their hosts, and the government plans to conduct a field investigation to crack down on the illegal activity.

END:Please come to Japan and enjoy host club!

How was this article?

Japan’s largest host club is located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

If you ever visit Japan, please visit Kabukicho.

There may not be many host clubs that accept foreigners, but just walking around Kabukicho should be fun.

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I hope you enjoy Kabukicho in Shinjuku!

Thanks for reading to the end.

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See you soon.

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