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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tiny bars”(141 reviews)
“cover charge”(129 reviews)
“narrow streets”(25 reviews)
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As featured in 3 Days in Tokyo
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Kabukicho, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
Shinjuku
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+81 3-3200-8044
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting place to visit but not very tourist friendly. Most of the bar apply a cover charge to put off tourists. I believe they want to keep their limited space inside their bar for the locals which I do understand a bit..We managed to have...More

Thank Gman330
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Shinjuku Golden Gai has a lot of bars. I stopped in for a beer. It is a great area to walk through at night.

Thank IAMTHETRAVELGOD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don't understand why people complaints about this place, if you need a 5 star quality go to a5 star restaurant. We love this place and we have a great time with locals and tourist and beer kost me 500¥ :)

Thank Anna Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are coming to Tokyo this is a must. It is full of looks and crannies to explore. Don't be put off by the cover charge and be prepared to order simple, but there is something utterly charming about having a few drinks in...More

Thank FrancesP430
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic strip of bars that are all individually quirky and different. Some seat maybe 4 people, and others around 10-12 people. We went to a bar where the walls were covered in different currencies and another which was a 5 sweater karaoke bar. Drinks...More

Thank Charlotte S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Famous bar area with tiny bars perfect for bar crawl. Unfortunately almost every single place has a cover charge, usually 1000-2000 yen. Not good for large groups

Thank Jsohn001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It felt like this place was very special before it was run over by tourists... Some places do not allow tourists and while most of the atmosphere seemed very friendly we were not tempted to sit down in one of the many bars in the...More

Thank Ori Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bars look cute but are just tourist traps. They have cover charges. Then when you are inside they tell you that there are minimum drink orders per person and minimum meal orders. Be careful. Get all the terms and conditions before you enter.

Thank 2crownies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This area contains a number of narrow streets full of very small bars (usually fit between 5 to 10 people). Some bars charge a cover charge but if you look around there are plenty of bars that do not. Average drinks cost was about 700...More

Thank Paul O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Golden Gai is always alive and buzzing... tiny bars to fit 10 people, plenty of places to eat, and so much to look at when you’re walking around the streets. There’s a restaurant Himono-ya with amazing food and reasonably priced ( we went back a...More

Thank Sarah B
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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
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Tokyo is very safe
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December 14, 2017|
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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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