Shinjuku Golden Gai

新宿ゴールデン街 (Shinjuku Golden Gai)

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Shinjuku Golden Gai is a lively area in Shinjuku where many small bars and nightlife spots are located.


About 2-3 rows of small bars. Each have an unique theme/ feel. Some have bar sitting charge, some have traveler friendly signs. Very unique scene.

Kim Dao

This place has many small and quiet bars where you can go with a group of friends (or alone to meet new people!) A lot of the bars do have a seating fee so make sure you look out for that first.


I love Golden Gai! It's a must for those visiting Shinjuku and Japan in general. This strange strip of tiny bars is definitely a unique experience. Beware that many of the bars charge a cover of 800-10000 yen and some only allow locals. You'll probably end up spending some money, but it's totally worth it. Come when the bars start opening if you have a larger group of people so that everyone has an opportunity to sit down. I recommend Reno for larger groups as well because it is a bigger space. If you're visiting Japan or new to the area, absolutely give this place a try! You won't regret it!


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