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Shinjuku Golden Gai

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Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Delicious food in a cozy atmosphere

It's lovely walking through Golden Gai - makes me feel like we've stepped back in time slightly, compared to the dazzling lights of the big city surrounding it. We had a few... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's lovely walking through Golden Gai - makes me feel like we've stepped back in time slightly, compared to the dazzling lights of the big city surrounding it. We had a few people try to get us in but we always asked "service charge?" before actually sitting down anywhere. When we got an answer "300 yen per person" we thought... More 

Thank Helvin3
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is absolutely my favourite place in this busy city. Tiny little bars, each unique in its own way. Please DO NOT encourage the "cover charge" and ONLY go to bars that do not charge anything for a seat, there are plenty to choose from and they would be the most authentic anyway.

Thank Das_1984
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you fancy chatting to the locals in their bars then this will be up your street. The bars are very small so don't go if you're not feeling chatty. A lot have a charge just to go in due to the size but a fair few don't... mainly the ones with the foreigners in. Loads of places to go...... More 

Thank Kerry N
Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You have to go to this area. Small bars and places to eat. We had so much fun here. we loved albatross - a bar that was recommended to us. only fits about 12 people - so you soon make friends.

Thank kathrynGreg
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to walk around without planning. Tiny bars everywhere. Some have cover charges for tourists and some don't. Also we heard that the bars with only Japanese signs are not open to tourists. Because bars are so small you end up at a table with other travelers and locals. (personal tip: watch Gaspar Noe's "Enter The Void" before coming... More 

Thank Harry B
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

great little attraction! its mesmerizing to even walk through the little streets and see all the bars. drinks are not cheap and careful on the head charge when u get in. some places have no cover charge.

Thank Lisk_C
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hear it's crazy on a weekend night, but we had the fortune to visit on a Monday night which is quiet. Having said that, the place is still pretty hopping! The cutest tiniest coolest bars ever. Some don't admit westerners, but most do, so it's all good. Many charge a cover fee ($10-15) but on a less busy night,... More 

Thank Ginab1964
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting area. Good food and fun little bars. Great for a night out with friends. Get there earlier if your group is larger as most spots have limited seating.

Thank Erika K
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this so went back 3 times. The bars are tiny so facilltating big groups will be hard, but there is something for everyone

Thank RegK2014
Los Angeles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are colorful neon lights on the streets. You can find restaurants and shops filled with local people as well as visitors from other countries. A not-to-miss place for tourists to visit at night.

Thank mlam18

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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