If you’re a girl looking for a hook-up, it can be as easy as walking slowly past these areas by yourself and making eye contact with these guys.

Then, when they approach simply smile and demurely mention you’ve missed your last train.

Forget canned pickup “lines” or strange techniques and routines, and stay away like the plague from any ideas you might have about “tricking” the girl into sex – the best approach is a simple one. Mention something you’d like to do tonight (your agenda! If you’ve been walking, you can gradually slow to a stop now.

In Shinjuku, these areas are right outside the Kabukicho exit, in front of Alta (with the large TV monitor overhead) next to the fruit shop, and outside the west exit.

In Ikebukuro the West and East exit are both good, although the East exit is more younger “normal” crowds, and the West exit tends to be more salarymen and red light crowds (including workers heading to and from their shifts, if that’s your thing).

There’s only one way to find out – head to your local Tsutaya, GEO, or DVD rental shop and check out the foreign movies section.

If someone strikes your fancy, make some casual conversation and you might end up in bed with a sexy new partner.

If you’re a guy – it won’t be as easy, but the existence of such nanpa-shi illustrate that it’s neither strange nor culturally insensitive to talk to strangers on the street – in fact, it is very much a part of Japanese culture.

During this “Magic Hour” probably the single best place to meet women is on the street near the station.

The trains inbound from the outskirts of Tokyo, by comparison, are far more peaceful – empty, even.

I can’t say I haven’t taken a brief nap on the overhead luggage rack of an inbound last train to Roppongi before – guilty as charged.

If you end up talking to one for a while, you want to determine what her/his plans are for the night.