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“tiny bars”(142 reviews)
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“narrow streets”(25 reviews)
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Kabukicho, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3200-8044
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you're in the neighbourhood then take a walk through the narrow alleys. Most of the bars charged a fee to get in so we weren't going to stop. The while area is interesting but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there

Thank T0ny_O1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

this is a very popular area and one of the must sees in the evening time. includes alot of very small bars/ drinking places and alot of street food. note that the best places getting full very fast.

Thank Olga S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Golden gai is a few small alleys in Shinjuku packed with bars. Most of these bars fit about 10 people. Each bar is unique. Some are trashy and disgusting, while others are well kept with great service. A few bars also have cover charges. Interesting...More

Thank Ashley Y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

such a nice area to go for some drinks. we went at 9pm and stayed until 1am after being in three bars. dont pay a cover charge!

Thank Adi G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lots to do. Drinking and shopping. People watching. This is fun to visit in the day or night. At night lots of small quaint bars with higher prices. They know the tourist are coming. Definitely an experience and adventure.

1  Thank Deborah D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed Golden Gai. We experienced the local bars had drinks sang karaoke. We had a lot of fun and I highly recommend checking it out.

Thank DA2311
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t come here with a group larger than 4 - you’ll never get in anywhere! Most bars only have 8 seats. When you do find a place, it’s a fantastic atmosphere to be squished up with strangers in a tiny establishment. Great drinks and fun

Thank Janice W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We happened upon these streets randomly. It is a bunch of small alley streets with bars that sit 3-6 people. Most charge a sitting cover of ¥800 or more. We went into one called #notsuspicious and a monk was the bartender. Very chill vibes and...More

Thank Nicole V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Few things - this is really narrow street and he contains few bars (really small bars, 5 -6 people max in each one). Sometimes you should pay for the table before ordering drinks (the explanation we got is that the table came with something to...More

1  Thank Leehisabag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wish we had more time to explore this area. So many unique nooks throughout these twisting alleys that I could spend days more than we were able. If Golden Gai were in an American city, I would be terrified of hanging out there without...More

Thank Eric B
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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
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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.
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