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.

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!

Saikham Xiong

Excellent place to meet locals and foreigners alike, don't be afraid to open doors on some bars to see if there's room inside. Also, there are bars on the 2nd floor of buildings, go explore! I ended up in this bar just out of curiosity to see what's behind the door!


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