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Shinjuku Golden Gai

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Address: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Interesting spot with interesting bars

Very different to other parts of Tokyo. Tight areas and very small bars. Most have a cover charge to get in (starting from 1000 yen) and most need you to speak Japanese (which I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Adelaide
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very different to other parts of Tokyo. Tight areas and very small bars. Most have a cover charge to get in (starting from 1000 yen) and most need you to speak Japanese (which I didn't). Albatrose Bar welcomes westerners.

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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall a great experience. Some bars with no cover charge will rip you off, however. Specifically one called uruwashi (うるわし), it was an all red lighting bar with no cover and an older woman bartending. She poured watered down alcohol and then made it very apparent she wanted us to leave. After we asked for our check she pointed at... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a little worried visiting here as a tourist would be an issue but swallow your inhibitions and head on in, it's a great experience and one worth doing

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Thank Hannikins
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Doesn't really feel like Tokyo in these streets. Would recommend doing, it's pretty cool to see. The majority of bars had cover chargers with some specifically aimed at tourists. We noticed one bar even say "Japanese speaking clients only" - quiet a few don't seem to want tourists. We did find a bar which was the biggest in the area,... More 

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Thank Taylor B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A hidden place, with great people, authentic and quiet experience. Very diffrent than the crazy and huge Tokyo. Recommend it to everyone!!

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Thank Tal E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Golden Gai is a must do, wether you go there to see the coolness of the place or to see how many of the tiny bars you can hit up in a day/night. Golden Gai is a gem. ***Be careful of foreigners on the streets offering you things at night, not saying it's a setup by the law, just that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see when in Tokyo! Just tiny tiny little restaurants and bars. We saw whale meat and horse meat for sale in restaurants .

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A maze of small nightlife venues and restaurants - looks a little seedy but a really interesting go to place for tourists and some of the dining is great and quite reasonably priced.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe due to the language problem, I didn't know there is place like this exists. Maybe the tourist groups don't show up here by their tour guide. However this is really a good experience to mingle with the local people and the local entertainment habits. There are nothing but small pubs and restaurants. Open all but don't go too late... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was traveling for business, but I certainly wanted to see this place; so I just took a cab, showed the driver where I wanted to go and that was pretty much everything. This is a very interesting place, it's locales in the Shinjuku district, which is well known for being the red zone, but I saw no danger at... More 

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Shinjuku
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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