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Shinjuku Golden Gai Tours

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Shinjuku Golden Gai
Golden Gai is a very popular collection of tiny bars that are crowded into a network of narrow alleyways in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. More than 200 small bars—many no bigger than a closet and most only large enough for a handful of customers—are clustered in the district, and each one has a distinct character all its own.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

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With the world’s highest number of bars per square meter, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Golden Gai neighborhood is a must-visit for travelers with a vibrant spirit. This walking tour of Shinjuku Golden Gai and Kabukicho showcases the best bars, restaurants, and food stalls the districts have to offer. Feast on Japanese dishes like Ramen, and yakitori (skewers), and delve into the area’s rich history with your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people, making for an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience

Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience

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Wander the neon-lit alleys of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Kabuchiko areas after dark on this nocturnal adventure with a guide. Your visit to these two intriguing Tokyo neighborhoods, among Tokyo’s busiest for food and nightlife, allows you the chance to sample hole-in-the-wall restaurants, enjoy the quirky bars of the Golden Gai and explore Kabuchiko’s infamous red-light district.
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  • 2 hours
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Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku

Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku

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Seeking out the well-concealed back-alley bars of Tokyo's Shinjuku district is notoriously tricky for outsiders. Take the guesswork out of your trip on this guided tour that takes you barhopping to Izakaya bars in two different alleyways—a small group of no more than eight people means that you can easily access tiny bars with just a few seats. Between drinks and snacks (included) your guide shares insights into local culture in this atmospheric part of the city.
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Go-kart tour Shinjuku drive metroporitan area with Iconic Photes

Go-kart tour Shinjuku drive metroporitan area with Iconic Photes

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Go-kart Shinjuku drive metroporitan area with Iconic Photes Go-karting in heart of TOKYO metropolitan area is experience that gives you an adrenaline rush like never before. We, at Monkey-kart are a go karting service provider in Tokyo. Our sole aim is to provide best go karting experience with sight seeing that can satiate your hunger for adventure. Our professional guides lead you so its super easy Start from heart of Shinjuku area,We provide 2 Cources 1hour Tour/Shinjuku→Harajuku→Shibuya 2hour Tour/Shinjuku→TOKYO Tower→Roppongi→Harajuku→Shibuya Best way to see and feel the city, culture and people. Let us capture the best moment of ride and take most iconic picture for you, our professional guides take photos for you so you can keep them as unforgettable memory. Our EV go-kart running like wild beasts can really get your adrenaline pumping. We have an exciting collection of costumes which you can put on and get in the feel of an epic rider.
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Shinjuku Izakaya and Golden gai bar hopping tour

Shinjuku Izakaya and Golden gai bar hopping tour

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Shinjuku is known for its great restaurants and bars. On this action-packed evening tour, you’ll explore Shinjuku’s highlights, and taste delicious food and drink along the way. With its many narrow side streets, it can be easy to get lost, but you won’t have to worry about navigating as a guide will lead the way. Try yakitori (skewered chicken), Sake, Japanese whiskey, fresh fish, and vegetables as you visit Shinjuku’s hidden gems.
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  • 3 hours
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Bar-hopping in Golden Gai district of Shinjuku, Tokyo

Bar-hopping in Golden Gai district of Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Let's go for bar-hopping in Golden Gai district in Shinjuku with our unique GuruGuru guides! Shinjuku is the central area in Tokyo and you can enjoy drinking until midnight. If you like Japanese local Izakaya bars, you can't miss out on the Golden Gai district! Our GuruGuru guides will introduce you to 2 select places (from the 200 miniature Izakaya bars). Let's explore Shinjuku's drinkers paradise together!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Tokyo Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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This half-day tour is an ideal choice for time-tight travelers visiting Tokyo. Avoid the hassle of navigating by having a private guide to take you around the city. A perk of the tour is that you won’t waste time going to sights that don’t interest you, as the route can be customized. A sample itinerary may include Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Shibuya Crossing, Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Imperial Palace, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
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Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

Geisha Experience at Chaya in Tokyo

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Get acquainted with a real-life geisha during a cultural experience in Tokyo. An intimate encounter designed for travelers interested in Japanese culture, this tour includes a geisha performance, traditionally featuring songs, dances, and games, and refreshments such as tea and sweets. Learn about the history of the geisha and upgrade to include lunch and unlimited drinks.
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Shinjuku & Kabukicho ~The biggest entertainment district in Japan~

Shinjuku & Kabukicho ~The biggest entertainment district in Japan~

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It is a seminar to learn English and sightseeing spots while visiting "Shinjuku", the most lively downtown area in Japan. The theme is "Sightseeing in Tokyo from a foreigner's perspective". You can learn not only the history of tourist destinations in Japan, but also "real English" by active guides. Also, since the guide in charge is Japanese, you can always ask questions in Japanese if you do not understand the explanation in English.
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Shinjuku Kabukicho evening highlight walking Tour

Shinjuku Kabukicho evening highlight walking Tour

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Let’s explore the biggest business and drinking town Shinjuku! We will give you a 90-mins brief introduction to the area, where you will see modern Shinjuku with many high buildings and neon lights and also, tiny local Izakaya bars and small narrow streets which make you feel like time traveling to Tokyo in the 1950s, without getting “Lost in translation”. After meeting, we will take you to Omoide Yokocho (“Memory lane”) , narrow streets full of Yakitori(skewers) shops and restaurants. Then, we will explore Kabukicho-area, one of the safest red-light district in the world with Robot restaurants and Godzilla head. Last spot will be our highlight “Golden-gai” where more than 200 tiny bars crammed into the miniature backstreets. You can enjoy the unique atmosphere. After this experience, you may continue enjoying Shinjuku nightlife by yourself by following your guide’s recommendations. Please be advised that some local spots accept cash only.
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Licensed Guide Shinjuku Underground Mall Tour (tokyo)

Licensed Guide Shinjuku Underground Mall Tour (tokyo)

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Shinjuku Station underground mall is super large. It is no exaggeration to say that the one who knows Shinjuku Station underground mall will know about Tokyo very well. By mastering the underground mall, you can become a true Tokyo dude. And you can also say, I know Tokyo very much. Moreover, there is no need to worry about the rain, hot, cold weather. Air conditioners there. You can also find food only sold in Shinjuku Underground mall. Super delicious! There is also a shrine on the roof of the building. New discoveries are everywhere. Please try to taste this impression by all means
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  • 3 hours
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Tokyo Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

Tokyo Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

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-Try the classic Japanese foods in Shinjuku! You will head to the first restaurant on your tour. It is located at the lively east exit area in Shinjuku. In this area where numerous restaurants, accommodation facilities, sightseeing spots and restaurants can be found, there stands a Japanese restaurant, which even local people can hardly find. -Help yourselves with copious amounts of Wagyu! In the second restaurant, you will be able to grill your own Wagyu with a custom made Shichirin (Japanese barbecue grill). -For dessert, enjoy the atmosphere and taste of Japan at the cafe in Shinjuku Once your stomach is full, have a dessert at a quiet cafe. Let's take a break with an artisan Gelato, in a cozy store in the middle of the bustling city of Shinjuku. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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Shinjuku Nightlife Walking Tour & Golden-Gai Bar Crawl

Shinjuku Nightlife Walking Tour & Golden-Gai Bar Crawl

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No trip to Tokyo is complete without experiencing its rich nightlife. This walking tour throws you deep into the heart of late night Shinjuku! This unique tour aims to deliver a genuine Japanese experience by giving you the opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals in a few carefully selected bars where the friendly owners and regulars personally know me and love socializing with newcomers. We will also visit Piss Alley, but don't worry, its days as a spot for people to relieve themselves has long gone - instead it houses a series of small shops. Shinjuku at night might seem a little intimidating and confusing to explore on your own, however accompanied with me, learn some interesting facts and will be guaranteed to have a night to remember.
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[Virtual Tour] Tokyo Highlights

[Virtual Tour] Tokyo Highlights

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This online experience gives you rough idea of Tokyo's sightseeing spot and culture. It's about 45-60 minutes experience via Zoom and could understand what you could see in Tokyo and tips while travelling. *It’s NOT a real tour, but online virtual tour. *The time is Japan Standard Time(GMT +9:00). Please exchange to your time. HIGHLIGHTS ・Learn about Tokyo, the capital of Japan ・Tips to visit iconic places and Recommendation from local ・Concierge service to travel Tokyo (Stay, Meal, etc)
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Japanese Jail&Prison Theme Restaurant

Japanese Jail&Prison Theme Restaurant

One and only entertaining horror tour around Tokyo. This tour experience will give you a cringed feeling about the ghost story around the area & also give you the pleasure side of having dinner inside jail bar! Hearing horror story, drinking & eating the creepy designed delicious culinary and having fun with the waitress/waiter is rarest experience in Japan you would ever had!
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Thriving Shinjuku History & Fancy Sake Walking Tour

Thriving Shinjuku History & Fancy Sake Walking Tour

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There is a walking tour for about 2.5 hours in the daytime. We'll enjoy to know the history of Shinjuku with the changes along the times to stop by a national garden to feel the spirit of the modernization. There are several shrines or temples The guide will take you to one side or two of the spiritual world in the floating world. The area is interesting as the secular world and the sacred world in the floating world. We'll pass by the retro bars street to touch a part of the modern history near to the day and then we'll walk through the neon sign board streets as We would like to taste a Japanese sweet dumpling at a long established wagashi shop when we come away from it. After the long walk, we'll definitely enjoy finesake to it avoid nothing special.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Personal Portrait photoshoot in Tokyo

Personal Portrait photoshoot in Tokyo

Avoid the hassle of taking selfies during your adventures in Japan, and opt for a higher quality, more professional option. This photowalk not only helps you uncover interesting places to see in Tokyo, but you’ll also enjoy the rare opportunity to have photos taken with a 40-year-old film camera that are developed by hand in a dark room, and then sent over as digital scans.
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Licensed Guide Shinjuku Dramatic Tour (tokyo)

Licensed Guide Shinjuku Dramatic Tour (tokyo)

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You can learn the culture and history of Shinjuku from national government licensed guide interpreter, so-called, licensed guide for 2 hours. You can also experience the vibrant cityscape. Moreover, we offer a secret site of Kabukicho at night, which can not be an ordinary tour.That is exactly what is the main dish of a dramatic tour.
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Smappa!Group❌Licensed Guide Kabukicho Shinjuku Nite Experience Tour(Tokyo)

Smappa!Group❌Licensed Guide Kabukicho Shinjuku Nite Experience Tour(Tokyo)

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Licensed Guide Volunteer Group is a tour guide organization of Nationally certified guides, and Smappa!Group, which runs six male social salons( host clubs) in Kabukicho, release the world's first Kabukicho nightlife tour for tourists overseas. ★We would like people all over the world to come to know Japanese style social salon( host club culture )and services that have originated and continued to develop in Japan, and to enjoy these new entertainment spots. Here in Japan, not just women, but also men from various industries visit these clubs as social gathering places for ladies and gentlemen to exchange ideas and relieve their stress. Even if you have a dangerous impression of Kabukicho or host clubs, you do not have to worry about anything! A licensed guide takes you to the host club, where you can relax, and they will remove the language barrier problem. Additionally, the guide would explain the history of Kabukicho and host clubs, and how to enjoy these places.
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  • 3 hours
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Tokyo Walking Tour with Licensed Guide Shinjuku

Tokyo Walking Tour with Licensed Guide Shinjuku

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Even if you say Shinjuku, it's too big to know,  Where should I go, where should I take photos, it is highly recommended for all beginners.Guides with national qualifications will guide you.You can also learn the culture and history of Shinjuku. Besides, if you want Robot show with the guide, you are able to enjoy Robot.Plz let us know. * Of course, you need to pay your own. aprox ¥ 6,000 each dependent on the season. You don't need to pay for the guide attendance. However, especially, high season, you are not able to join because of full. Let us try to get it! Only 16:00 tour applied  Robot show time 17: 30-19: 00
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Licensed Guide Walking Tour Featuring Club Warp Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Licensed Guide Walking Tour Featuring Club Warp Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

"Study Shinjuku more and Play Shinjuku more" This is the concept of this tour we are aiming at. The special feature of this tour is that Warp Shinjuku has been added to the contents of the "LICENSED GUIDE SHINJUKU WALKING TOUR" that has been well received. You enjoy disco club shortly after a guide with national qualification will explain the city of Shinjuku. It is guaranteed you get super amazing experience. Don't miss it! ※Warp Shinjuku over 20 years to get in. ID necessary! Without ID, ONLY WALKING TOUR! Please be understood. ※You may not be able to enter on time due to events. Please note. Thx! ※Foreign tourists only! Warp Shinjuku tour is designed to get many foreign tourists to know.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tokyo Photography Walking Tour with a Professional Photographer

Private Tokyo Photography Walking Tour with a Professional Photographer

Suitable for all levels of photographers, from people just picking up a camera for the first time, to semi-professionals, we always make sure to find something new to teach you. With our one-on-one tours, we can make sure to go to the spots that interest you most, be they hidden gems, or spending time to get the perfect shot of Hachiko Crossing. We craft each tour to our guest. In addition to taking photos, you will go over: Compositional techniques such as lines, repetition, texture, angles, etc. Sharpening your eye: composition, subject and lighting. Explore Tokyo with a local, who might show you something you wouldn't normally see. Master the techniques. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and focusing. Reviewing your photography.
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  • 3 hours
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Shinjuku Night Tour

Shinjuku Night Tour

Take a trip down Memory Lane! On this 3-hour night tour, we will start off in Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, which literally translates to “Memory Lane” because of its nostalgic feel that transports you back to the 1950s. While here, you will experience the retro charm of Japan as you enjoy our satisfying selection of authentic and delicious dishes. Afterwards, we will make our way to Golden Gai, beloved for its nightlife and historical architecture. As we navigate our way through the tiny alleyways and hundreds of small shops that are reminiscent of the early 20th century, we’ll stop at a ramen shop that serves up some of the tastiest ramen in all of Tokyo.
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japanesefood tour with guide in shinjuku (tokyo)

japanesefood tour with guide in shinjuku (tokyo)

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Let's experience the real Japanese food that locals love! You can eat authentic Japanese dishes such as sushi, shabu-shabu, yakitori and ramen etc. In addition, a guide that speaks your language will accompany you from start to finish, so you can be fine and feel at ease. Eating with a kind Japanese guide will surely be a great memory!
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