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Kabukicho, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The golden gai is a standalone area dedicated to small bars that can sit from 4-15 people. It comes to life at night and has countless hole in the wall bar counter seats and will be served Beer, whiskey and anything alcoholic. Popular among tourist...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank andyfong82
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Forget pub-crawl! Bar-crawl instead! you don’t even have to go that far ‘cos they are conveniently jam-packed together in the most peculiar/adorable/quaint fashion! If you like exploring, drinking, mingling with strangers this is going to be perfect for you.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 106christie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to this collection of tiny bars, restaurants and nightlife every night on our Tokyo visit. So glad we picked a hotel in Shinjuku. Sometimes you make the right decision with insufficient information.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EdHaze
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Tokyo for 5 nights and spent 2 in golden gai. Loads of tiny bars that all made us feel very welcome and get to meet loads of different people. Like other reviews mention some are just for locals or have cover charges...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank T4471HUchriss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing bars, friendly locals (if you behave). Go to Alleynuts bar if you like rock! Also 5 Gallons does an amazing bowl of ramen if you're stuck for food ideas.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FernMcG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit to this oldy worldy area of Shinjuku.The Bars are really small and some bars have a cover charge.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BukowskiUK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place never sleep. We stayed in Citadines Shinjuku which is directly next to Golden Gai. Location is about 10mins walk from Shinjuku Station. 6 lanes of mini bars with each bar would probably fit about 10customers. Some bars only serve regular customers because of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sze Yin M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an amazing time at Golden Gai. I had a friend with me who's studying japanese which made it easier. We walked in to Open book bar(not so visible from the outside) and it was beautiful and dark, filled with books, it was a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Olivis95
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So so so expensive they wanted 9,000 yen for 5 shots! And the bar owners can also be very racist so be cautious of what bars you head into, if they ask no foreigners to enter then be respectful of that as they would want...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sineadem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love Japan! People place and food are spectacular in a city lauded for safety it is the best. Anthony Bourdain was its biggest fan and rightly so. There has it all and is cool to boot. My annual escape to the hippest city on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sherryn A
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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 very safe
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Should I get a SUICA if I'm already getting a metro pass? (4 Replies)
Hi! I'll be in Japan for 10 days, 3 days in Tokyo, 3 days in Kyoto, 3 days in Osaka (I'm arriving late at night so that day doesn't count). Tentatively, my itinerary in Tokyo is as follows: Day 1 - Ueno park/Imperial Palace East Garden/Sensoji/Akihabara/Ginza Day 2 - Meiji Shrine/Yoyogi Park/Harajuku/Shibuya/Tokyo Skydeck Day 3 - Shinjuku Gyoen/Shinjuku (Piss Alley, Golden Gai etc) I'll leave Tokyo for Kyoto by night bus on Day 3 I've read that the metro pass is worth it if it's...More
March 16, 2018|
Response fromFatChris|
You should always get an IC card. The metro pass is useless on the JR lines and the bus. In a convenience store it is no more useful than cash or a credit card.
Itinerary question (3 Replies)
Hi all Tokyo experts, I have spent quite sometime on the 5 days Tokyo itinerary, and thought to share with you to see if it makes sense and if I have hit most of the spots in Tokyo. I will be staying in Yotsuya (East of Shinjuku) and thought will start my 2nd day in Shinjuku, but find out some attractions are better to go at night, so I changed plans to go back at night and now my day 2 looked unorganized. Also I want to see Sumo in Ryogoku, but found out that they have a tournament...More
November 17, 2013|
Response fromhotspot78|
I agree with Elly M. You can do Shibuya on day 4. You only need half a day for Harajuku and Omotesando. From Omotesando/ Harajuku you can walk to Shibuya.
Ron D
Charlotte, North Carolina
Visit to Golden Gai on a Sunday in January - Worth the trip? (4 Replies)
Good Afternoon, I am planning a whirlwind overnight visit to the Shinjuku district during a 19hr layover (Arrive NRT 3:45pm depart 10:50am). The Golden Gai neighborhood of bars is just what we are looking for in late night entertainment. However I have read conflicting info on if too many bars will be closed to make this worth the trip? I also was not sure how time of year factors in; it seems January can be a little on the chilly side in the evening. Any advise or input would be greatly...More
December 15, 2016|
Response fromjordansbulls|
For me it isn't unless you are going with a group of people. Wouldn't be a place I'd want to be coming alone.