Tokyo Realtime - Kabukicho Audio Guided Walking Tour [DOWNLOAD]

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Also available is a PHYSICAL version of the tour with mp3 CD, 20-page photobook of area photography, waterproof map and attractively designed full-color package.

Take a stroll through Japan’s most imaginative entertainment district. JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM SHINJUKU STATION, the Kabukicho district pumps the same energy, diversity and excitement into adult entertainment as the Shinjuku area it inhabits injects into city life. You’ll dive right into the hyper-energetic mix of bright lights, boisterous crowds, less-dressed girls, loud touts and discretely guarded doors.

AS YOU WEAVE THROUGH the streets of countless bars, strip joints, love hotels, and eateries, you’ll learn about the area’s colorful personalities and history, and get insights into the real action behind those closed doors. You’ll also get introduced to great places for a drink, a bite to eat, and to soak in the local ambience at your leisure.

Praise for the Tour

Max Hodges strips Kabukicho bare in this raw, honest, and captivating tour.

Brace yourself for an hour in Hodges' company...on a tour to the heart of Kabukicho.
- Justin McCurry,

About the Narrator
Max Hodges is a Tokyo-based photographer and producer. He frequently guides visiting journalists through Kabukicho. Max operates White Rabbit Press, a Tokyo-based publisher of Japanese language and travel products.

Visit the TOKYO REALTIME homepage for additional details.

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Customer Reviews

Almost Like Being There

By Timothy P. Szczesuil

Almost Like Being There
I enjoyed this audio tour of Tokyo's Kabukicho district. It was especially interesting to follow the commentary using Google's Streetview, since it's not convenient to travel to Japan at the moment. Recommended.
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I definitely recommend

By Taro Irei

recommended for both Tokyo residents and visitors as well
For someone living in Tokyo for the past 18 years, and who has been to Kabukicho many times, this tour has given me a whole new and wider view of this Shinjuku district. Kabukicho is one of the most eclectic areas of Tokyo, and a lot of interesting places are hard to find and easy to overlook, but this tour has showed me places that I would never find on my own--like the chinese restaurant in the little alley, a place I would never expect to find a restaurant!

The tour itself is designed so well that I hardly had to look at the map, as the narrative and my walking match perfectly.

Tokyo Realtime does not only let you see better what is there, but also tells you about what used to be there before, and how this little part of town has evolved over the years.

I definitely recommend this tour to both residents of Tokyo as well as people visiting.
Hope to see more of this series. The packaging is really beautifully designed, and the production quality is excellent. The soundtracks, interviews and sound effects really set this material apart from your ordinary "tour guide".

This concept is fantastic

By S.B.

Our audio guide was excellent. We learned much about the Kabukicho area while we walked. We wouldn't have had such a great experience if we hadn't have purchased this audio tour. Thank you for putting it together.

I highly recommend marketing this product a little more. This concept is fantastic. My wife and I kept saying, "I wish we had this available for other parts of Tokyo." Unfortunately, we didn't know that you had a new piece available. This audio tour definitely enhanced our Kabukicho experience.

Great tour - very informative

By S. De Silva

Great tour - very informative
I had run across this audio tour on the web somewhere, and happened to see it on the racks in a bookstore in Tokyo during my recent visit, so I decided to buy it and take the tour.

I had wandered through Kabuki-cho several times in the past, and you definitely get a rough idea of what's going on just by wandering around, but this audio tour made the experience much more rewarding. It gives the history of the place, takes you down several streets that you'd probably not otherwise find on your own, and gives you a true sense of the wide variety of things that are going on in Kabuki-cho.

I'd highly recommend it to any visitor to Tokyo, whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler
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Honest and captivating tour


Max Hodges strips Kabukicho bare in this raw, honest, and captivating tour.

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