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“A great night out - Hair of the Dog” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai
Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour
Ranked #3 of 53 Attractions in Shinjuku
4.0 of 5 stars 250 Reviews
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A great night out - Hair of the Dog”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The bar we went too was called Hair of the Dog - if you look for the Ramones poster tacked on the door you'll find it. This bar is punk themed and they will let you pick your own music. The seating fee (most of the bar charge for this) is 800 yen or about AUD$8. My husband and I had MANY lemon beers (a yummy Japanese beer that literally has lemon in it) and met some nice people, a Japanese business man in his 40's, a group of Norwegian tourists and the fabulous bartender Yuka. Go to the golden gai (within Kubuchiko area) if you are young or young at heart - its a great night out and a very authentic Tokyo experience.

Visited April 2013
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A different view of Tokyo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is an older, more run-down section that is lively at night but disappointing during the day - it was more ramshackle and somewhat seedy than picturesque.

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Stumbled across is by mistake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

280 small traditional Japanese bars scattered amongst 3-4 alley ways, very popular and quietly famous area which we stumbled across one night whilst walking around the Kabuki-cho red light district

Visited March 2013
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Cancun
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Red light fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Karaoke, strip clubs, crazy costumes, lots of food, drinks, hookah (if I remember correct). Conveniently located, a must-see if you're in the area and looking for a late night party

Visited October 2012
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“Ultimate Bar Crawl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Golden Gai is a very uniquely Japanese experience, nearly 300 tiny bars crammed into 3 blocks. As you might imagine, this leads to a rather intense level of competition between the various bars, many of which go out of their way to distinguish themselves from the pack by adopting wild and unique themes. There's a type of bar here for every taste!

Visited October 2012
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