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Shinjuku Golden Gai
Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai

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, 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
$186.35 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!!!
Happiness56178396460, Oct 2019

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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