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Shin-Okubo ( 新大久保 ) Korea Town, Japan's Seoul Hot Spot!

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If you are travelling to Tokyo, one of the best thing about staying in the Shinjuku area is being close to Japan’s biggest Korea Town - Shin-Okubo ( 新大久保 ). It is a shopping and dining sanctuary for everything from K-Pop to Kimchi. So if you are a fan of K-Drama and K-Pop, this is the place to go for your cute Oppa Souvenirs.

japan biggest korea town shin okubo station shinjuku
Shin-Okubo Station ( 新大久保駅 ) is a railway station on the Yamanote Line in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan; just 1 stop away from the Shinjuku Station ( 新宿駅 ). You can easily spot the Korean Town once you arrive at the Shin-Okubo Station with its ubiquitous posters of K-pop singers popping up at every corner.

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shin okubo korea town kdrama souvenirs
Korean pop culture is so popular in recent years. Over at the Shin-Okubo Korea Town, you will find shops selling everything related to K-Pop and Korean Dramas.

shin okubo korea town face masks shopping
Spotted here are scores of shops and restaurants offering all things Korean. The prices of these Korean imported cosmetics are very afforable. Just look at the price of these Korean Face Masks going at just about ¥2,000 for a pack of 30 masks, which is about USD 17! That works out to be about 60 cents per mask! Amazing, isn't? Well, as much as I was attracted to the price, I am reluctant to put any unknown brands on my face........

tokyo korea town tteokbokki topokki rice cakes
Are you a fan of the Korean Tteokbokki or Topokki ( 떡볶이 )? Well, I haven't tried these myself, but you can find stalls selling these soft rice cakes commonly seen in Korean dramas.

shin okubo korea town kimchi tasting
You can also find quite a few Korean supermarkets offering the famous Korean Ginseng Chicken in vacuum packs and also Kimchi where you can taste them before you buy.

Shin-Okubo is located just north of Shinjuku's infamous Kabukicho ( 歌舞伎町 ) entertainment district, Japan's largest red light district. Explore Kabukicho or often known as " Sleepless Town " ( 眠らない街 ) if you must, but travel around with extra caution as there are lots of touts targeting foreign tourists.

Well, I'll leave you here with my Korean K-Drama Idol - Lee Min Ho ( 이민호, 李敏鎬 ). Are you a fan of Lee Min-Ho too?

54 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place
    hope someday I can going there

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  2. Interesting shopping place!!!!!
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  3. Looks like a fun place to shop. Maybe one day......oh I want to travel to so many places, life is probably too short to visit them all.
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  4. It looks really like a great place darling!
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  5. I'd really like to visit it :)))

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  6. Oh, I thought you went to Korea. I did not know that there is a korea town in japan. I am not familiar with korean idol. I think that boy reminds you of your son?

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    1. Yah, the entire place looks as though I was in Korea! Hahaha! Mun, my son's head will get bigger & bigger if he hears that. Thanks for the compliment, dear!

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  7. Oh wow, a Korean town in Japan? I didn't think of that but that's pretty damn neat! I swear I don't know one person who doesn't like korean food or music! I know some girls who'd go crazy buying those big packs of face masks! Haha!

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  8. Ohhhh looks so cool :3 I love Korean and Japanese Fashion, Makeup and Culture <3
    A friend of mine will be visiting Japan this year and I'll be asking him to get me some products :3

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  9. This looks like a must visit spot! I love Korean Tteokbokki! I've never been a fan of Lee Min Ho but I do love Lee Seung Gi :)

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  10. seems like a great place to visit! I'm not really familiar with Korean pop culture but than again I'm not familiar with many famous singers and actors...I don't watch TV often and sometimes makes me feel disconnected from the world.

    those face masks are really cheap! I love trying face masks...but as the Murphy law seem to suggest, every time I put a face mask on, somebody rings at the door and than I have no choice but to scare that person....ha ha ha...

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    1. You're so disciplined, Ivana! Most people are glued to the tv these days. Thanks so much for the laugh, dear! I love reading your notes :D

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  11. Yup. Lee Min Ho is a great actor.

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  12. What a fun shopping area! Looks like you can find all sorts of goodies :)

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  14. This is lovely. I'm plnning to go to Korea next July, honestly I can't wait
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    1. Oh wow, I'm sure you'll have a great time there! xoxo

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  15. I see retail therapy in Tokyo. Bought some mask back from Hokkaido and yes, worth the price. Only drawback - sometimes everything written in Japanese.

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    1. Nava, I've to admit. Just like Korean products, all written in their language; so hard to follow the instructions sometimes......

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  16. Lee Min Ho is gorgeous! Haha! Not much of a fan, but his bone structure is superb!

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  17. I definitely wanna visit here if I am in Japan. Min Ho!!!!! Noona saranghae...

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  18. This truly makes me want to travel some more, this sort of environment is like nothing I've ever seen before! :)

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  19. I never heard about Lee Min Ho, but his music sounds fun, and very enjoyable :)
    Cool place, so many awesome stuff and food. Japan seems to be an amazing place to visit. Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous week ahead<3

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  20. This is such a fun read! Great images also. Happy Friday dear! :)

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  21. This is so cool! Korea is great! I especially love the mangas. The Korean Manwhas are so much better than the Japanese ones.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  22. This is so new for me, Shirley. Thank you for sharing!

    Jasmine ♥

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  23. Great place to shop!!
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  24. It's really interesting to see different cities from blogs.

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  25. Looks as though you could spend hours exploring here.

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  26. Lovely photos, Shirley, thanks so much for sharing. I really like those mugs.

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  27. For me, I feel weird visiting Japan and see a section where all I see was K-Pop bars, Korean restaurants and such. LOL

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    1. Hahaha! I was surprised when my Japanese friend brought me there.....

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  28. Korean cultire is fairly unknown to me, so I enioyed your introduction!

    -Kati

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  29. cool pics!!!!

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    isa

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  30. Such a great read Shirley I need to visit Korea <3

    Serene xoxo

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  31. Seeing all this yummy food I really want to go to Korea or/and :) Japan!! Hope one day I will be able!!
    First time I hear about this actor (I'm too far away here in Europe, and don't watch TV.....) - he is very handsome!!!

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  32. Tokyo is high on my list of places to visit. And I am adding this part to my list for sure. I'm not familiar with K-Pop but I am aware of how huge it is.

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  33. Japan really looks like a wonderful place! How much does it cost to travel to Japan? Really wanna go there once (: x

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    1. Birdie, it really depends on one's budget. I travel by SQ so airfare is dearer........

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  34. I have always wanted to visit Korea & I have heard a lot about Shinjuku. Great post & can you please click on the sheinside links in my latest post. It would mean the world to me!



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  35. I've never been to Japan but I've been to South Korea,
    and this place really looks like you are shopping right in Korea
    with all those cute items and K-Pop collectibles.
    It must be such a cool and fun experience for you.

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  36. What a cool place. It feels like a shopping haven to me! ❤ ^.^

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  37. Looks like k-pop is really everywhere.

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  38. Place looks so lively, great clicks.

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