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Shinjuku Golden Gai

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Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Unique night life experience

Golden gai I believe is one of the oldest areas in Tokyo. It's more like a narrow lane/alley lined by several tiny bars on both sides. Each bar can only accommodate somewhere... read more

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North Canton, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wondered the Golden Gai during one of our nights in Shinjuku. Plenty of options to pick from even if not all our tourist friendly. We stopped by one of the smaller ones right near the center and had a great evening of drinking with small food options.

Thank themanofec
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tons of great bars and we met some great people, danced and drank all night and definitely want to go back! The fact that each bar ca only fit max 10 people inside was why it was so charming, staff so friendly in most the bars we visited and very welcoming

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Linkoping, Sweden
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cool place with a lot of tiny bars. In one we were alone with the bartender and in another we sang karaoke with a group of others. Some had entrence fee and some did not, but there were signs outside so you knew before you went in. If you are in Shinjuku you should really go!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Golden gai I believe is one of the oldest areas in Tokyo. It's more like a narrow lane/alley lined by several tiny bars on both sides. Each bar can only accommodate somewhere between 3-29 people. Each bar seemingly changes daily out here and you won't be able to find the same bar / bartender in the same location on any... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 887 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is quite the experience. Most people will not find it or know about it, but it is definitely worth a look. We walked thru daytime and nighttime. Come out the east exit of the JR Shinjuku Station. That is Shinjuku-dork. Walk across one block and you will be on Yasakuni-dork. Walk to your right and you will see a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had so much fun walking up and down the streets and alleyways in the Golden Gai. Small bars and restaurants line the roads both upstairs and downstairs. Some charge covers, so check the board outside of each before you go in. There are all kinds of places here... some that look traditionally Japanese, with others blasting Frank Sinatra. There's... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I would end up here every night. We loved the small bars, intimacy and uniqueness of this area. Some places had a cover, but if the people looked interesting and inviting we didn't mind paying. We met locals, other travelers and business people. We loved this area and we were so happy that our hotel was only... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good location easy access to transportation and a very centralised location. However this hotel is located in kabukicho red light area.Having said that the ambience isn't extreme, id say its very mellowed for what it is. I find it absolutely safe and non disturbing . Rooms are small though but i guess thats how it is in Tokyo.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was such a cool place to see. Its really popular among locals and tourists. Its also really similar to omoide yokocho in shinjuku. I loved both.

Thank jesswong555
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Golden Gai in 2014, back in the days when it was an obscure, private drinking area with some joints closed to public. There were no English signs, doors were closed and some joints were open only to regulars. It was an amazing area to roam around because it was mysterious and embodies the Japanese elusiveness. Flash forward... More 

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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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