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Shinjuku Golden Gai

Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3200-8044
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  • Average16%
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“tiny bars” (127 reviews)
“cover charge” (116 reviews)
“narrow streets” (22 reviews)
Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3200-8044
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Luckily we had our friend who could translate for us. Otherwise we couldnt speak to any of the bar owners.  Which was a little dissapoing for us. We tried 2 places out of over 30

Thank BWil5689
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great find! Lots of tiny bars in rows with enough seats for around 10 people in each bar. Some bars have slightly less seats and others have slightly more. Being so small they are great places to meet people and often bar staff will...More

Thank Katie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This former red light district still maintains some of the places that appeal to folks wanting such but now all cleaned up and non threatening. It is history with small alleyways and streets and little bars usually accommodating just 10 people or less. It brings...More

Thank 6sandy6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little area where 200+ bars are crammed into a couple of alleyways. Each bar is unique, all are very small with 8-12 seats, with very different vibes. Some require a cover but still great places to grab a drink and meet interesting people.

Thank TravelFoodLive
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bar I went to (Araku) is apparently one of the bigger bars in the area and it only has 25 seats available. But the atmosphere was good :) I noticed most bars here can only hold about 10-15 people at once usually, some can...More

Thank nyotista
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Golden Gai is a 3 or 4 very narrow alleys touristic area , conveniently located right behind hte Citadines Central Shinjuku hotel (we could actually look at the area from our 1108 room window) , and a minute walk from the Hanazono Shrine (see...More

Thank saul g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Golden Gai isn't for the faint hearted, theres a lot to take in and bar etiquette might strike some visitors (one bartender told us to leave because we weren't Japanese) but the surreal atmosphere of Golden Gai makes for one hell of a night. Hit...More

Thank Jeremy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Strolled through Shinjuku Golden Gai - interesting to see the small 4 or 5 seater bars, the karaoke bars and the nightlife. Felt very safe despite the crowds. A must see if you are going to Tokyo!

1  Thank Angela W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area has many small and cute bars. Small meaning some can only accommodate a handful of people. One bar we went to was pretty much full with 4 people inside. Great atmosphere and drinks with the locals

1  Thank binky78c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is so cute. Anyone who like her hopping will love this area. Have a relaxed drink and nice on to the next one. A favourite with the tourists. Even at night this feels safe and a secure.

1  Thank kiwigreekscorpion
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
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December 15, 2017|
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Response from Angela W | Reviewed this property |
Tokyo is the safest city I have ever traveled. I am in my late 50’s and had no problems on my own - people are friendly and helpful.
August 15, 2016|
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Response from Flykuku | Reviewed this property |
Everyday....late...8 and later...
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August 5, 2015|
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Response from ぱん駄 上 |
It's easy to go, I think that it is good to come out to JR Shinjuku Station east exit. Other Shinjuku Line Sanchome Station Please come aimed at Shinjuku.
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