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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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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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  • 3 hours
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Izakaya Food Tour in Shinjuku

Izakaya Food Tour in Shinjuku

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Enjoy classic Japanese experience at our selected restaurants. Local food & drinks as we journey through Tokyo’s busiest area in Shinjuku. - 7+ mouth-watering Japanese food tastings, enough for a full dinner meal, served from three selected restaurants. - Drinks to taste great Izakaya style dinner. You may also choose your drinks (Beer, Sake & other drinks). Non-alcoholic beverage also available. - Explore Shinjuku visiting famous must-see spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy unique views of Tokyo’s neon town, Kabukicho. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions beforehand.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Evening Walking Tour: Shinjuku&Kabukicho with Experience Japanese style Sake Bar

Evening Walking Tour: Shinjuku&Kabukicho with Experience Japanese style Sake Bar

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Cycling Tour

Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Cycling Tour

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Bicycle tours are a travel style that allows you to maintain your social distance. Take a bike tour to avoid the crowds and see the sights! Stay active and get some exercise while visiting Tokyo on this biking tour Cover 20 kilometers (12 miles) of Tokyo with a professional cyclist guide Your guide leads you down the busy city’s hidden alleys and side streets Bike and helmet rental are included for your convenience and safety Pedal past some of Tokyo's top landmarks during this bike tour Visit many neighborhoods in just 3-hour, while getting to explore outdoors I take you to places you couldn’t reach by public transport.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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Sake Tasting Experience

Sake Tasting Experience

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You’ll explore Shinjuku with one of our friendly hosts, sampling different varieties of Japanese rice wine - better known as sake! Whether you’d prefer a tiny izakaya (traditional Japanese bar, which actually means ‘stay in sake shop’) or a standing bar (a tachinomiya) where only 10 can squeeze in at a time, the choice is yours! Discover the different temperatures, varieties and ways of enjoying sake with your host! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 3 hours
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Tokyo Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Tokyo Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, one-day tour of Tokyo accompanied by a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will introduce both modern and traditional aspects of this dynamic Japanese capital. Due to the enormous size of Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, a one-day tour would probably focus on one small area, which would still leave you in awe at the scale of the city. Tokyo is where you can experience both modern and traditional, and your expepienced private guide will help you efficiently enjoy a full day in this dynamic Japanese capital. Let us know what you would like to experience, and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Customizable Walking Tour of Tokyo

Private Customizable Walking Tour of Tokyo

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Private Customized Walking Tours combine Tokyo’s must-see sights with hidden gems. Morning, afternoon and evening start times available. Choose your tour length; 4 to 8 hours. Our ethos is ‘like-a-local’. This is a culturally immersive walking tour, meaning that you will travel around Tokyo on foot and using the excellent public transport system….like a local! Throughout the tour you will learn about Japan’s culture, customs, history and local way of life. Feeling hungry? We’ll get you eating like a local too! Your tour is flexible and will be paced to your speed and requirements. Specialist topics of interests can all be covered; architecture, religion, politics, street art, general history, WW2 history, food, instagramable highlights, pop/movie/anime culture. Ideal for people with limited time, or those who want a comprehensive overview of Tokyo prior to exploring further on their own. Simply indicate your interests and enjoy an itinerary specific to you.
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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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  • 4 hours
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A typical evening in Shinjuku

A typical evening in Shinjuku

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Shinjuku, with its crowds and flashing neon lights, can feel overwhelming to visitors. This small-group guided tour opens up the district for you, taking you to fun game centers, down little alleys, and into a karaoke bar to participate in that uniquely Japanese pasttime.
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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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Private Tour - Top 10 Shinjuku Spots! The Golden Route to Explore the City!

Private Tour - Top 10 Shinjuku Spots! The Golden Route to Explore the City!

A Lv99 dungeon even for Japanese! Cover the highlights with your guide Shinjuku station is used by more than 3.6 million people every day, and its number is registered with Guinness record. The big city where many people come and go has evolved with the times, and it has many different attractions. For example, we recommend people who want to see the lively city, to go shopping, to try Japanese food, or those who want to spend a relaxing time in nature. See the highlights of Shinjuku, from retro scenery that feels history to glimmering neon lights full of people. Shinjuku is sometimes said that it is difficult to stroll around the area even for Japanese people living in Tokyo, but you can get around efficiently with your tour guide!
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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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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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Shinjuku Evening Walking Tour With a Local Guide

Shinjuku Evening Walking Tour With a Local Guide

Shinjuku, being the largest city in Tokyo, naturally offers much to do and see during the day, however the city really comes to life when the sun goes down. If you only have a couple of hours to spare but want to experience the local life of Shinjuku, or simply want to get acquainted with the city, then this carefully-planned personal tour will efficiently make the most of your time. Here is the overview of what you will see and visit
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  • 3 hours
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$129.18
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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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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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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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