Shinjuku Golden Gai

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Shinjuku Golden Gai
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Neighbourhood: 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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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,785 contributions
Maybe the best night out we had in Tokyo!
Jan 2020
Visiting Tokyo and not stopping at Golden Gai would be a waste of precious airplane fuel as the Shinjukus nightlife hotspot really is quite something. The narrow alleys filled with bars of ANY kind are an absolute Tokyo landmark and every visitor will find a place that is suited for his or her taste of music, drinks and people. Since we visited in 2019, so pre-corona days, it really is hard to imagine it being so cozy and cramped up again anytime soon, but we will forever hold this memory dear!
Written 28 December 2020
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doublefrangelico
Johannesburg, South Africa31 contributions
An amazing party while pub crawling
Jun 2019
A must-do experience. Worth returning, even after pub crawling the whole evening. You'll meet so many interesting people
Written 23 May 2020
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sophia
Japan42 contributions
Amazing place
Dec 2019 • Friends
This is a famous sightseeing spot in Tokyo called "Golden Gai".
There are many small bars where you can enjoy a variety of drinks.
People from different countries are visiting and you can talk and interact.
It was a very very amaszing place for a valuable experience.
Written 6 April 2020
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vestlagd11
Oslo, Norway70 contributions
Great small bars
Nov 2019
A small area of Tokyo, filled with small pubs, seating just 4-6 people in each. Entertaining bartenders, good stories, and a good time.
Written 3 April 2020
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clem3-16
Perth, Australia169 contributions
Awesome little bars
Mar 2020 • Couples
This little area is full of tiny bars, some only big enough for a few customers. Some don’t really want westerners, some are quite welcoming. Some charge a cover fee, some don’t. It’s a case of checking a few out and finding one that fits. Well worth a visit, even if it’s just one quick drink.
Written 10 March 2020
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cazfruity
Wiltshire353 contributions
Walk around
Mar 2020 • Couples
We had a pleasant wander around as reccomended by my stepson but it was a bit early so quiet. Would be intersting to see what it was like at night. Lots of little alleys to walk down with locals drinking and socialising.
Written 6 March 2020
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John S
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions
Great atmosphere
Feb 2020 • Couples
Loved this district of small bars and the authentic Japanese atmosphere of area. People were friendly and would highly recommend spending a night or 3 bar hopping
Written 25 February 2020
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Georgia
Queensland, Australia7 contributions
Hidden gems!
Feb 2020
A must see while in Tokyo. There are so many hidden gems here. The food and drinks are amazing. They may look a bit sketchy from the front, but they are usually the best places. Do your research if you are unsure. However, the best places are usually the ones you would think would be.
Written 18 February 2020
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Alajournal
Bratislava, Slovakia10 contributions
Worth seeing but awkward bar experience
Apr 2019
I give one point, just because of the experience of seeing it and walking in these peculiar little streets. Empty with closed bars during the day, still interesting to visit. I returned in the evening. However, I should have avoided “enjoying a drink inside”. I wanted to have a drink to make my evening visit really authentic and I entered a bar ordering a drink, sake - being in Japan. When a couple entered shortly after me, the bar keeper told me to move from my seat to another seat and this couple was seated. We started having a conversation with this couple, they were from the U.S.A. The bar keeper was in the door, to lure some more customers into his bar and then we were made to move again, so that the newcomers could be seated and the bar keeper somehow tried to instigate a conversation among us. It felt a bit awkward, but the space was really small. I found the guests pleasant and interesting, though. However, a short while later, we were asked if we wanted to order another drink. If not, we should finish our drinks and leave as he has a reservation and he needs the bar. So much about “enjoying a drink inside”. Less than 20 minutes gone and I was out again. Maybe it could be enjoyable coming with a party of exactly the amount of friends just fitting into the bar and just have as much time as necessary for you to enjoy your drink.
Written 18 February 2020
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Celia G
India145 contributions
Pub crawl
Feb 2020 • Friends
Great spot to visit for drinks! 200 tiny pubs squished into 6 small alleys. Don’t go with a big group because most pubs only have about 6 seats. Be careful of cover charges.
Written 15 February 2020
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