[2023] A thorough explanation of the charm, characteristics, and history of the famous red-light districts in the Hokuriku and Koshinetsu areas!

2024-01-12
In this article, we will introduce the famous red-light districts of Niigata Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, Fukui City, and Nagano Prefecture as well as the famous red-light districts of Hokuriku and Koshinetsu. Each area has its own characteristics, so it's a must-see for those who want to learn about the famous red-light districts of Hokuriku and Koshinetsu.
2024-01-12

After enjoying sightseeing in Japan, many people may be thinking of having fun in the red-light districts as well.
The famous red-light districts of Hokuriku and Koshinetsu have different characteristics depending on the area.

In this article, we will introduce the famous red-light districts in Niigata Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, Fukui City, and Nagano Prefecture.
It explains the characteristics of each region and how to get there from Tokyo, so it’s a must-see for those who want to learn about the famous red-light districts of Hokuriku and Koshinetsu.

Famous red-light district 1 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Furumachi, Niigata Prefecture

Furumachi in Niigata Prefecture is one of the famous red-light districts in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Furumachi, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Charm and characteristics of Furumachi

Furumachi is the only soapland town in Niigata, so if you want to visit a soapland in Niigata, Furumachi is the place to go.

It is a historical red-light district, and there are many soaplands whose exteriors retain traces of the Showa era.
For this reason, Furumachi is attractive because of its elegance.

In addition to soaplands, there are delivery health services, so you can enjoy entertainment according to your tastes.

History of Furumachi

During the Edo period, Furumachi was a prosperous red-light district comparable to Edo, Kyoto, and Osaka.
However, due to a large fire, the red light district was relocated.

After that, it developed into an entertainment district so large that it was called one of the three major liesure districts.
As a result of this, Furumachi is still a red-light district.

Access to Furumachi from Tokyo

Furumachi is located on the left bank of the Shinano River northwest of Niigata Station.
Niigata Station can be accessed from Tokyo Station in about 2 hours by Joetsu Shinkansen.
There are no flights from Haneda Airport to Niigata Airport, so it is convenient to travel by Shinkansen.

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Famous red-light district 2 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture

The second famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu is Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Kanazawa City, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Kanazawa’s charms and characteristics

Kanazawa is the largest red-light district in the Hokuriku area.
However, there are no soaplands or health stores, so if you want to visit a soapland in Ishikawa Prefecture, you’ll need to go to Katayamazu Onsen or Nakayama Onsen.

Kanazawa’s charm lies in the fact that there are a large number of non-store-based red-light districts, as there are no store-style health services.
Kanazawa is also characterized by its many types of adult entertainment establishments, such as delivery health services, hotel health services, erotic beauty salons, and sexual cabaret establishments.

History of Kanazawa

During the Meiji period, Kanazawa had five red-light districts: Higashishinchi, Nishishinchi, Kitashinchi, Atago, and Kazuemachi.

However, due to the anti-prostitution law, the red light district disappeared, and there are almost no remains left today.
As a result, the area has now become a place where there are many non-store adult entertainment.

Access from Tokyo to Kanazawa

You can access Kanazawa from Tokyo by the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

● “Kagayaki” approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
● “Hakukata” approximately 3 hours

By plane, it takes about 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Komatsu Airport, and from Komatsu Airport it takes about 40 minutes to Kanazawa Station by limousine bus, which takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Famous red-light district 3 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Katayamazu, Ishikawa Prefecture

The third famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu is Katayamazu in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Katayamazu, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Katayamazu’s charms and characteristics

Katayamazu is also a hot spring town, so one of its attractions is that you can enjoy both hot springs and adult entertainment.
There is also a companion who will liven up the atmosphere during meals, so you can enjoy playing baseball fists and other games.

There are also soaplands, which are scattered around Katayamazu Onsen.
If you contact us, there is a service that will pick you up and drop you off, and after relaxing in the hot springs, you can also plan to go to an adult entertainment shop while wearing the yukata from the inn.

Access to Katayamazu from Tokyo

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Katayamazu Onsen from Tokyo by connecting planes or taxis.

It can be accessed by train in approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes using the Hokuriku Shinkansen and limited express trains.
From Kaga Onsen Station, you can reach Katayamazu Onsen in 10 minutes by car or taxi.

Famous red-light district 4 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture

The fourth famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu is Yamanaka in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Yamanaka, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Charm and characteristics of Yamanaka

Yamanaka is also a hot spring town like Katayamazu.

Although it is less well-known than Katayamazu Onsen, Yamanaka Onsen also has a soapland.
Therefore, just like Katayamazu Onsen, it is attractive that you can enjoy hot springs and adult entertainment.

There are many long-established soapland stores, and some of them even have AV actresses working there.

Access to Yamanaka from Tokyo

From Tokyo to Yamanaka Onsen, it takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes in total: about 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Komatsu Airport, and then about 35 minutes by taxi.

By train, the Hokuriku Shinkansen will take you from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station in approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, and from Kanazawa Station to Kaga Onsen Station in approximately 25 minutes, approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Some ryokans offer a pick-up service from Kaga Onsen Station.

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Famous red-light district 5 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Yamanashi Prefecture “Ura Kasuga”

The fifth famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu is Ura Kasuga in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Ura Kasuga, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Charms and characteristics of Ura Kasuga

Ura Kasuga is known as one of the top red-light districts in the Koshinetsu area.
For this reason, there are many people from within Yamanashi Prefecture as well as from outside the prefecture who visit here for entertainment.

There are also soaplands and health stores, and there are also many non-store adult entertainment  such as delivery health services.
The appeal of Ura Kasuga is that it is easy to find the adult entertainment shops you want to visit.

History of Ura Kasuga

Ura Kasuga flourished as a castle town during the Edo period.
The Shinryu red light district flourished in the Meiji period, as the business of adult entertainment establishments called hatagoya was permitted.

Although it was destroyed by a fire, it once again flourished as Anagiri red light district, but it was completely destroyed during World War II.
Afterwards, it was rebuilt and became the current Ura Kasuga.

Access to Ura Kasuga from Tokyo

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes by limited express train from Shinjuku Station to Kofu Station in Kofu City, where Ura Kasuga is located.
It takes about 15 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station by conventional line, so it will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get there from Tokyo Station.

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Famous red-light district 6 in Hokuriku/Koshinetsu: Toyama Prefecture “Sakuragicho”

The sixth famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu is Sakuragicho in Toyama Prefecture.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Sakuragicho, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Charm and characteristics of Sakuragicho

Toyama Prefecture has strict regulations, and there are no store-style entertainment establishments such as soaplands.
Therefore, if you want to enjoy adult entertainment in Toyama Prefecture, we recommend a delivery health service.

Sakuragicho is also an entertainment district, so there are bars, cabaret clubs, and sexual cabaret clubs.
Of course, there is also a delivery health service, and the appeal of Sakuragicho is that you can enjoy adult entertainment.

Access to Sakuragicho from Tokyo

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to fly from Tokyo to Toyama City, where Sakuragicho is located.

By train, it takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes using the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Sakurabashi Station, the closest station to Sakuragicho, is about 10 minutes from Toyama Station.

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Famous red-light district 7 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: Fukui Prefecture “Fukui City”

Fukui City, located in Fukui Prefecture, is the seventh famous red-light district in the Hokuriku/Koshinetsu region.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Fukui City, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Fukui City’s charms and characteristics

Fukui City was a castle town during the Edo period, and the red-light district is flourishing as a remnant of the red-light district.
Before the war, it was a bustling town called Sakaemachi, but it shrank due to the enforcement of anti-prostitution laws.

Fukui City has a history of red-light districts, and one of the attractions of Fukui City is its soaplands.
Fukui City is the only one in Fukui Prefecture, so if you want to visit a soapland, Fukui City is recommended.
In addition to soaplands, there are also delivery health stores.

Access from Tokyo to Fukui City

It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get from Tokyo to Fukui City by plane.

By train, the options are as follows:

● Hokuriku Shinkansen: Approximately 3 hours 10 minutes
● Tokaido Shinkansen: Approximately 3 hours 20 minutes

Flying is faster, so if you have the budget, go for it.

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Famous red-light district 8 in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu: “Gondo” in Nagano Prefecture

Gondo, located in Nagano Prefecture, is the eighth famous red-light district in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu.
Here, we will explain the charm and characteristics of Gondo, as well as how to access it from Tokyo.

Gondo’s charm and characteristics

Nagano Prefecture is unique in that there are no soaplands in the first place.

Gondo is located in Nagano City, the prefectural capital of Nagano Prefecture, and although there are no soaplands, it is an attractive downtown area with delivery health and erotic beauty salons.
There are plenty of pubs, snack bars, cabaret clubs, etc. nearby, so you can enjoy adult fun.

Access to Gondo from Tokyo

It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station in Nagano City on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
You can arrive in 1 hour and 20 minutes at the earliest.

Gondo is located about 2km north of Nagano Station.
It can be accessed in about 16 minutes by Nagaden bus or about 3 minutes by Nagano Electric Railway Nagano Line.

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summary

Famous red-light districts in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu include Furumachi, Kanazawa City, Katayamazu Onsen, Yamanaka Onsen, Ura Kasuga, Sakuragicho, Fukui City, and Gondo.
Each has different characteristics, but have you found the red-light district that interests you?

All areas can be accessed from Tokyo by plane or Shinkansen.
Please feel free to visit any red-light district that interests you.

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Q&A

Q.Where is the famous red-light district in Hokuriku/Koshinetsu?
A. Famous red-light districts in Hokuriku and Koshinetsu include Furumachi, Kanazawa City, Katayamazu Onsen, Yamanaka Onsen, Ura Kasuga, Sakuragicho, Fukui City, and Gondo. Features vary depending on the area.

Q.Which of the famous red-light districts in Hokuriku/Koshinetsu has a soapland?
A.There are soaplands in Furumachi, Katayamazu Onsen, Yamanaka Onsen, Ura Kasuga, and Fukui City. Please note that there are no soaplands in the other red light districts introduced.

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