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Shinjuku Golden Gai
Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai

, Tokyo, Japan

The Basics

Golden Gai is a popular post-work destination for locals and for travelers visiting Tokyo. With the highest number of bars per square meter in the world, this lively spot is the perfect place to have a drink, meet some locals, and experience the charms of Tokyo’s nightlife. Take a stroll through the lanes, and pick a place that looks welcoming—bars that are friendly to tourists typically have English signs posted on their doors.

For a deeper insight into the culture and norms of the Golden Gai, you can visit the district on a guided tour. Guides will help navigate the Japanese signage and keep you from committing any social faux pas.

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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
USD186.35 per adult
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This tour was wonderful. Food was great. Ryan made the tour fun and his knowledge about food & traditions just enhanced the experience. I would recommend this tour especially with Ryan as your guide!!!
evelyn_f, Oct. 2019

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Great Tour!
Curious25552875037, May 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
This tour was a great introduction to Japan and the Japanese food culture. Satoshi was a fantastic guide and he took us to some amazing spots in Memory Lane and Golden Gai where the food was delicious and plentiful! He was also very knowledgable about the history of Japanese food and the different places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour! Satoshi, arigato gozaimashita!
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Best of everything
aw703tonia, Sep. 2018
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Sean was an excellent host and guide. The food was in small portions but each piece was better than the last piece. It was 5 in my group and a couple, who were from my hometown of Washington DC, so we were quite the eclectic group. As with all my viator tours, I highly recommend this food tour. Especially if you enjoy fresh fresh sushi!!!
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Shinjuku Food Tour
Brent M, Jan. 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Alex, thanks for the great tour! We enjoyed the company, food, and education. Our family's third trip to Japan, and still learning. We like to use food tours as a way to scope out the food scene in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the Izakaya, Sushi Restaurant, and Golden Gai bar we went to with Alex. We will definitely use Arigato Tours again!
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Yummy food and great tips
alexisf315, Dec. 2018
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
We went on 10-10-18 and Lora was our guide. It was a lot of fun. We did the Shibuya tour on our last trip. And this one was also great. It’s a good idea to do it in the beginning of your trip so that you have some food ideas to explore. Our host was Lora. She shared some great tips, was easy to talk to, and took pictures of us. This tour is worth it to learn some cool things and eat yummy food!
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Good intro to Shinjuku, and great guide!
Mona_T, May 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
We had Ryu as our guide and he was fantastic! The group was small so it was easy to maneuver through the streets. He had lots of cultural information about the area and the food we were tasting. Ryu ordered and paid for everyone at each stop and always asked what our preferences were individually. We started at an Izakaya place with delicious grilled skewers and a cold beer, then on to a ramen place, followed by a sushi restaurant. The sushi restaurant allowed smoking inside which I didn’t care for but locals and businessmen were dining there so you got the full cultural experience. I missed the last bar stop for drinking because I had to leave but I got a nice follow up message the next day from Ryu. We had also stopped at Don Quixote and he he gave us a rundown of the highlights of the store. I really had a lot of food to eat and felt Ryu cared about our enjoyment.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Some bars in Golden Gai do not allow foreigners; these spots usually post English signs to that effect on their doors.

  • Most bars charge a cover to enter.

  • Photography is not permitted in the bars without explicit permission.

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How to Get There

You can reach Golden Gai by taking the Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Odakyu Railway, Seibu Railway, or even Japan Railways trains to Shinjuku Station; the East Exit is less than a 10-minute walk from the district.

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When to Get There

Most bars in Golden Gai don’t open until after 5pm, and the area is busiest after 10pm. Bars stay open well into the wee hours; 5am is a typical closing time.

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Omoide Yokochō

Less than a 10-minute walk from Golden Gai, under a set of rail tracks, you’ll find Omoide Yokocho (or Memory Lane), another warren of alleyways crammed with tiny businesses. This area, however, is full of tiny restaurants instead of bars. Stop here for a beer and skewers of yakitori before heading out to enjoy the nightlife in Golden Gai.

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