Unveiling the Truth of Kannami Shinchi's Reality

June 18, 2024

Kannami Shinchi was part of some of the prominent shinchi districts in the Kansai area, known for its discreet adult entertainment establishments. It was known to be more affordable than the popular Tobita Shinchi and Matsushima Shinchi. However, most people don’t realize that it has closed and shut down. In this guide, we'll explore the history, characteristics, and reasons why Kannami Shinchi ended up being closed down.

What is Kannami Shinchi? 

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Nestled in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Kannami Shinchi stands as a vestige of traditional brothels or "shinchi" areas that were once prevalent in specific regions of Japan. Historically recognized as prostitution districts, approximately 30 brothels in this area closed their doors by 2021. In the present, Kannami Shinchi has transformed, evolving into a hub of taverns and restaurants, signifying a significant shift from its earlier associations with adult entertainment areas.

Why Kannami Shinchi Closed 

On November 1, both Amagasaki City government and Amagasaki South Police jointly issued a cautionary warning to Kannami Shinchi in accordance with the Entertainment Establishments Control Law. With roots tracing back to the mid-Showa period, around 70 years ago, Kannami Shinchi had garnered popularity among a core user base as a relatively tranquil alternative to the renowned Tobita Shinchi. The recent warning stems from two main issues.

  • Firstly, the establishment has persisted in conducting operations resembling a prostitution business under the guise of a restaurant without securing the necessary license for adult entertainment.
  • Secondly, there has been a notable increase in complaints from the local community.

During the Showa period, Kannami Shinchi operated openly during the daytime, an unfortunate exposure experienced even by young children. Many local restaurant owners described it as a distressing educational encounter. Customers returning from Kannami would often visit various restaurants or bars, engaging in loud conversations about explicit topics, including costs and the physical attributes of the women involved.

Such an environment is deemed unfavorable for the local community and it posed a hindrance to business. The situation was exacerbated when foreign tourists started arriving, resulting in litter strewn across the area and the exchange of diverse languages, leading to a state of chaos.

Hyogo Prefecture had been intensifying efforts to crack down on businesses operating in areas where storefront sexually oriented establishments are prohibited, and it appears that Kannami Shinchi, operating unlawfully, has become subject to these heightened enforcement measures forcing the closure of the area.

Will Other Shinchi Districts Close? 

With the recent shutdown of Kannami Shinchi, there is a growing concern among both locals and foreign visitors about the potential closure of other shinchi districts. Considering that many of these areas operate within a legal gray area, there exists a looming possibility of future closures, although no definitive decisions have been made at this juncture. If one intends to visit such establishments, it is crucial to remain vigilant about the associated risks when engaging in their services. There is a possibility that both the staff and the customers may be penalized if caught in the act by police so be sure of the merits and demerits.

History of Kannami Shinchi 

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The shops in Kannami Shinchi were operating under the category of restaurants, at least nominally. This distinctive setting allows patrons to engage in free romantic affairs with the female staff members. The illicit sex trade in this area originated around 1950, and despite the complete enforcement of the Anti-Prostitution Law in 1958, it has persistently been viewed as an "implicit" practice, concealing itself under the guise that individuals meeting in restaurants may develop romantic connections.

Although the brothels were abolished in 1958 with the full enforcement of the Anti-Prostitution Law, it is believed that establishments affiliated with the "Kannami Shinchi Association" continued to operate prostitution businesses, disguised as restaurants without obtaining a license for adult entertainment. The colorful district, tacitly permitted for about 70 years since the end of the war under the notion of free lovemaking in restaurants, finally vanished.

Current Kannami Shinchi 

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In the aftermath of the closure of Kannami Shinchi, once a Japanese brothel district, a noticeable decrease in male customers and tourists passing through has been observed. The area has transitioned to the lively chatter of patrons frequenting regular restaurants and bars. Some establishments that were forced to close intend to transition into operating as regular restaurants without engaging in adult entertainment activities. On the other hand, some stores have already reopened as lunch establishments and snack bars.

Popular Shinchi Districts Nearby 

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As said before Kannami Shinchi was part of a group of prominent shinchi districts in the Kansai area and after it’s close the rest of the brothel districts were known as the top 5 shinchi districts. Like Kannami Shinchi they are places where people can receive sexual services from women under the guise of a “free love affair” to stay within the legal gray boundaries.

Tobita Shinchi

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Tobita Shinchi stands out as the largest and most renowned district with approximately 150 establishments. Renowned for hosting some of the most attractive girls among the shinchi districts, the pricing reflects their high demand, with standard sessions costing approximately 21,000 JPY for a 30 minute duration.

Imazato Shinchi

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Imazato Shinchi, situated in Osaka, functions as a brothel district, conveniently located approximately a 10-minute train ride from Namba station. Upon reaching Imazato station, it takes an additional approximate 10-minute walk to access the red light district area. This district, relatively compact in size, bears traces of its Korean heritage, and as a result, some of the available girls may not be exclusively Japanese but of various Asian ethnicities. Standard pricing in this area typically hovers around 13,000 JPY for a 30-minute session.

Shinodayama Shinchi

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Shinodayama Shinchi is situated at a distance from the city and is relatively closer to Kansai Airport, accessible by an approximate 45-minute train ride. This compact district hosts around 30 establishments but is noted to be less accommodating to foreigners compared to other areas. If you can converse in Japanese, staff members may be more receptive, although such instances are relatively rare.

Matsushima Shinchi

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Matsushima Shinchi, located in Nishi Ward, Osaka City, is conveniently close to the city center, requiring approximately 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka station to reach Kujo Station, the nearest station to the red-light district. It is recognized as a prominent area in the adult entertainment scene. Prices at Matsushima Shinchi can fluctuate across establishments, with a commonly sought-after session costing around 15,000 JPY for 30 minutes. While the pricing remains competitive for erotic services, some feedback suggests that many of the girls possess ordinary looks, typically within their twenties or thirties.

Takii Shinchi

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Takii Shinchi, the most petite among the five notable shinchi districts, boasts fewer than 10 operating stores. Nestled in Takii town, it's accessible with a 30-minute train ride from Umeda Station. Recognized for its cost efficiency, a sought-after session in Takii Shinchi typically costs 14,000 JPY for 30 minutes. Notably, many women in this area are mature, often in their thirties and forties, yet maintain a youthful appearance.

Cautionary Tips for Foreigners Exploring Adult Shops in Japan

Keep in mind that certain establishments might decline service to foreign customers.
It's advisable to accompany a native Japanese friend who can introduce you to different shops or negotiate on your behalf, ensuring the staff feels assured about your understanding of the rules.
In some instances, even as a foreigner, proficiency in Japanese may lead to acceptance by the staff for their services. Demonstrating efforts to learn the language and speaking a bit of Japanese can enhance your chances of being accepted.

Cautionary Notes When Using Japanese Brothels 

It's crucial to acknowledge that, given the nature of many establishments offering sexual services, customers must be of legal adult age in Japan, which is 20 years old, and may be required to provide identification as proof. While some venues might accept 18-year-olds in exceptional cases, this is a rare occurrence. It's essential to recognize that certain districts, like Kannami Shinchi, operate within specific regulations and exist in a legal gray area due to anti-prostitution laws.

Given this ambiguous legal status, there is a potential risk of both staff and customers facing penalties if caught by authorities. Since the women working in these establishments are considered part of the service, customers displaying disrespectful behavior or crossing established boundaries may face expulsion or bans from the premises. However, there are unverified rumors suggesting the possibility of engaging in unprotected intercourse based on individual negotiations; caution is advised to avoid pushing too hard.

It's of utmost importance to be aware of potential risks, including the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS. To prioritize your health and well-being, it is highly recommended to insist on using protection, such as a condom, during any intimate encounters in the area.

Adult Entertainment Shops Near Kannami Shinchi 

Listed below are some adult entertainment shops near Kannami Shinchi you can enjoy.

1.Dandy (Soapland)

Indulge in timeless bed play or experience the distinctive mat play, typically exclusive to soapland clubs. Immerse yourself in the warm and slippery sensations as beautiful women skillfully engage in body-to-body contact. Our cast members employ various techniques to ensure an entertaining experience for our customers. With slim waists and youthful charm, our girls, all in their twenties, are eager and ready to provide top-notch service.


  •  660-0882 Hyogo, Amagasaki, Showa Minami-Dori, 3-18

[Price Range]

  • From 18,000 JPY for 40min (*Bed play only.)

*Prices for bathing and service fees may be separate.

[Opening Hours]

  • 9:00 am - 11:45 pm

Website: http://vip-dandy.com/ 

2.Fashion Soap Hanshin (Soapland)

Delight in the company of stunning women ranging from their late teens to twenties at this fashionable soapland club. The establishment offers various genres of girls, including the cute type, those with ample busts, and assertive cast members who enjoy taking the lead in their plays. Don't miss out if you seek a thorough cleansing from body to soul and mind.


  •  660-0892 Hyogo, Amagasaki, Higashi Naniwa-Cho, 5-17-36, F1

[Price Range]

  • Trial Course: 20,000 From JPY for 40min

*Prices for bathing and service fees may be separate.

[Opening Hours]

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 am

Website: http://www.s-hanshin.com/ 

3.My Lady (Delivery Health)

My Lady boasts a diverse cast, spanning from their twenties to early forties, offering a unique theme centered around spending a night with mature women and being serviced by a MILF. Many of these women feature well-maintained, stylish bodies and generous busts. Indulge in complimentary options, including the choice for the girl to wear pantyhose, don cosplay attire, or incorporate adult sex toys such as a vibrator for added enjoyment.

[Delivery Fee]

  • Amagasaki City Area: From 1,000 JPY
  • Nishinomiya and Itami: From 2,000 JPY
  • Northern Nishinomiya, Northern Itami, Takarazuka, Osaka City: From 3,000 JPY *Delivery 90 minutes or more.

*Please talk with the staff to negotiate other areas not listed.

*Delivery service to homes, hotels, etc. is only available for plans of 70 minutes or more.

[Price Range]

  • From 8,000 JPY for 60min
  • From 10,000 JPY for 70 min

*The 60 min course is limited to the Hanshin Amagasaki area.

[Opening Hours]

  • 8:00 am - 3:00 am(Google Map)
  • 24h (Website)

*Please note that the business hours may vary, so if you plan to visit the store in the middle of the night or early morning hours, recommend checking with the store to confirm if they are open.

Website: https://amagasaki-mygirl.com/ 


In conclusion, while Kannami was once a thriving hub for Japanese brothels, it's crucial to acknowledge the potential risks associated with entering such establishments, given their legal ambiguities that could lead to closures. However, there's no need for excessive alarm, as numerous licensed adult entertainment shops operate within legal boundaries, offering a diverse range of services. These establishments, with their popularity, are expected to persist over time, providing opportunities to engage with local beauties. While you are in Japan it is a great chance to be able to enjoy a night with Japanese women.

PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer, a seasoned connoisseur in his 40s based in Japan, boasts an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience within the vibrant landscapes of both drinking and gambling, alongside his well-documented ventures into various red-light districts. This extensive exploration encompasses not just the nocturnal delights of Japan's red-light areas but also its myriad of bars, horse racing, pachinko, and many others. Drawing on his firsthand experiences, he conveys the appeal and characteristics of Japan's diverse adult entertainment districts and his enjoyment of the nightlife scene through his writing for PIJ.

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