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Tokyu to build skyscraper targeting foreign tourists in Kabukicho

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyu Corp. last week announced plans to construct a 48-floor skyscraper to accommodate foreign tourists in the red-light district of Kabukicho, making it the latest development to emerge in the area.

Scheduled to open in August, 2022, the 53 floors of the building — including five below ground — will include a hotel, a movie theater, a performing arts theater and a live music venue with a capacity of 1,500 persons, the company said.

Located several minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station, the district — which is said “to never sleep” — has become a popular destination for foreign tourists, whose numbers have surged to record levels over the past few years.

In its announcement, Tokyu added that the new development will include a terminal for buses traveling to and from Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport, part of the company’s plan to attract visitors from overseas.

Tokyu Corp. plans to construct a 48-floor skyscraper in Kabukicho (Tokyu Corp.)

“Tokyo is said to be weak when it comes to what it offers foreign tourists looking to go out at night,” said Kuniaki Tajima, a representative of the development division of Tokyu. “So, we want to change the entertainment available.”

The complex, formerly the site of the four-screen Shinjuku Tokyu Milano theater, will be second major development in the area in recent years. In 2014, Toho Co. opened the Shinjuku Toho Building, which includes a hotel, a 12-screen cinema and restaurants.