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Evening Walking Tour: Shinjuku&Kabukicho with Experience Japanese style Sake Bar

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    What to Expect
    Explore the legendary back alleys, drinking dens and street food of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Kabuchiko neighborhoods, enjoying a visual and culinary feast of sensations along the way. This nighttime adventure into Tokyo’s fascinating neon underbelly is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the legendary nightlife and food culture of modern Japan.

    Meet up with your guide in the early evening at the Keio Plaza Hotel, continuing to the shopping section of Shinjuku, where you can explore the area’s mish-mash of trendy boutiques and fascinating shops of subculture fashions. Then head over to the Suehirotei Vaudeville Theater, one of the country’s most prestigious, before proceeding to the Hanazono Shrine, to admire its candle-lit interior and architecture, which dates to the mid-17th century.

    From there you’ll continue on to the Golden Gai, a fun-filled area on the eastern edge of Shinjuku that’s home to hundreds of miniscule bars, each of which can hold no more than a handful of patrons. Stop by an izakaya, Japanese -style bar, and enjoy 1 complimentary drink. Then continue your walk with a visit to Kabuchiko district, home to a warren of streets packed with Japanese “salary men” in dark suits on the prowl food, drink and other pleasures of the night. The air is thick with the chants of touts looking to lure customers behind the closed doors of this area’s many risqué establishments.

    Conclude your wanderings with a stop at Omoide Yokocho a picturesque street lined with traditional wooden shacks that are home to a variety of restaurants and bars. It’s a taste of old-world Tokyo from the 1940s, a time when the area’s dimly-lit streets were filled with black marketeers and intrigue. Feel free to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the many restaurants at your own leisure. Your tour concludes back at the Keio Plaza Hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO, 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
    Departure Time
    5:20 PM
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho, 1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
    Inclusions
    • English-speaking guide
    • 1 drink at an izakaya (Japanese-style bar) (minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years)
    Exclusions
    • Food
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A small amount of walking is involved approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km)
    • Infant are free of charge provided no food and drink included
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • In the Golden town, I drop in at the bar and, during a tour, offer one cup of drink. Please note that other food and drink becomes the customer each person payment.
    • As you walk the place with many people, please obey the instructions of the guide by all means.
    • By a weather condition or the business situation of the visit point, the order of visit point and trips may be changed.
    • Please note that there is not the non-smoking section to the bar.
    • This tour is (Kabukicho and Golden town bar experience of] dusk with [3 drink pub crawl ticket) and the tour of the joint service.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    This tour is useful if you've just arrived in Shinjuku, not so much if you've been there a day or two. The bar stop to try sake was great, a really atmospheric little bar that you would be very unlikely to find on your own....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Tioyu
    Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Dave was very knowledgeable about the area and showed us around with enthusiasm. He knew a lot of history regarding structures and areas in general. Well done!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Rlath82
    Reviewed February 1, 2019

    My partner and I went on this tour thinking it was going to be great to have a guided tour of the amazing history-rich Shinjuku area... we learnt nothing new. Literally, anything that you could of learned from this walking tour is listed on the...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    1  Thank vuspec2
    Reviewed April 9, 2018

    I attended this tour on 9th April our tour guide Kazuhiro Takiguchi was very knowledgable and her command of English was excellent, she took us through the areas, explained about the history ( and took into consideration one of the group was 9 so was...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    5  Thank robertfs2017
    Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

    We loved this tour! To explain fully, we arrived early at Shinjuku Tourist Information Centre (on 3F next to the bus station) and our guide waited until all the booked persons had arrived. My mother has hip problems but the guide made sure to keep...More

    2  Thank Skillfull
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