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Shinjuku Golden-gai

Travel Guide - Shinjuku Golden-gai


Shinjuku Golden-gai (Shinjuku Golden Street) is a small district in Shinjuku Kabuki-cho where number of tiny bars and restaurants are lined up like matchboxes along narrow streets.
This area was originally developed as a black market operated by gang and Yakuza groups after the World War II. Also many prostitutes were moved here from Shinjuku 2-chome at the same time by the order of General Headquarters of the Allied Forces. After prostitution became illegal by the Anti-Prostitution Low in 1958, this area has developed as a drinking area like today.
The name "Golden-gai" was made around 1965 when many musicians, artists, directors, writers, and actors gathered here for drinking. Golden-gai became popular especially when two novelists, Ryuzo Saki and Kenji Nakagami, both were patrons of Golden-gai, won the Naoki Prize and the Akutagawa Prize respectively in 1976. Also this area became popular again in 2002 when the scenery of Golden-gai appeared on an advertising poster for Hikaru Utada's album "DEEP RIVER".
Even today, many local people and tourists visit here to enjoy drinking in the distinctive, nostalgic atmosphere of Golden-gai.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Varies according to the shop / facility


  • Varies according to the shop / facility

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 7 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station on the JR lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M08), Toei Oedo Line (E27), Toei Shinjuku Line (S01), Keio Line (KO01), or Odakyu Odawara Line
  • 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M09), Fukutoshin Line (F13) or Toei Shinjuku Line (S02)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021


TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2020-02-22
Navigate your way through Tokyo's coolest alleyways. https://t.co/XpLN9WT2RE
Ali Raza, M.S. @aliraza312 - 2020-02-19
Spent some time inside the Akasaka Palace [State Guest House], Golden Gai, and all around the Shinjuku and Shibuya… https://t.co/Kv1oPD8NXf
Big Dan 🇺🇲 🇹🇭 🇭🇰 🇯🇵 🇭🇲 🇸🇬 🇰🇷 🇲🇾 @ExpatDanBKK - 2020-02-19
@AddenoidalHonk Yup. Hated the Hubs in Shinjuku, hung out in Golden Gai or Finnegan's. Totally different here. Neve… https://t.co/BxN4AXr8Nr
Donald McDonald @DonnyDMC - 2020-02-19
@LBd2pjXS9Fsjyvx Yes there are places for reservation only also many Japanese only, one area many foreigners would… https://t.co/cxqFqTe7tV
Tim Arai @tim_arai - 2020-02-19
This past weekend I walked a bit around the famous / infamous Golden Gai area in Shinjuku. Each bar has something t… https://t.co/Z3s0SWKXjH
All Japan Tours @AllJapanTours - 2020-02-18
Day or night, #Shinjuku is always buzzing with people! You can enjoy your evening in places like Omoide Yokocho, Go… https://t.co/7tn6BRpB7N
Komon @gypsyeyeskomon - 2020-02-18
Tue. 25th Feb.
start 21:30

Bellydance Show at Krishuna Golden Gai
2/F Paresu building 1-1… https://t.co/1FduZnR9uL
Holmfirth Photography @HolmfirthPhoto1 - 2020-02-17
Shinjuku Golden Gai famous both as an area of architectural interest and for its nightlife. It is composed of a net… https://t.co/wcKo5uSeTw
🌙 Minnie Mels @AmusesMe - 2020-02-17
@momohine Must see the Golden Gai district in Shinjuku! Hundreds of tiny bars that only seat 6 people, crammed into… https://t.co/U4M21St2pf
Bucket List Journey @BucketListJrny - 2020-02-16
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/z4mx4oMiPn
Alun @gamblinglamb - 2020-02-14
@w2Dyer Asssume you've doing/done the golden gai in Shinjuku
Dave Cook @davescook - 2020-02-11
@HippieDalek We’re in Shinjuku, two mins from the Golden Gai :)
HI-JAPAN @YH_JPN_E - 2020-02-11
Best bars in Golden Gai via @TimeOutTokyo| https://t.co/GnHPKpRG8q
JodieM @jodiem - 2020-02-11
@WorldBollard some lovely bollards for you in Golden Gai, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan https://t.co/4Y0x7VLEPM
Travel Tweets from Everybody Hates A Tourist @ehatourist - 2020-02-10
Exploring the toilets, arcades, & Robot Restaurant in #Shinjuku + #ramen in Golden Gai – Tokyo, #Japan #travel… https://t.co/yHLImMTLtV
Yeekend Incorporated @Yeekend - 2020-02-10
Caught our own yee dinner, explored golden gai, and relived lost in translation shinjuku https://t.co/9QuHm9MQbl
TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2020-02-07
You've got to make a stop here. https://t.co/jNWe2TuDUf
Arya Bloodclart Stark @Shortest_Stuff - 2020-02-05
Sometimes Karaoke with strangers at 2am
Shinjuku Golden Gai https://t.co/cqEJSwLVmY
Johnny Soldier Sticks @Infamousjohn - 2020-02-05
@barredindc I like the area. Make sure you go to the Shinjuku Golden Gai area in the evening
Misora @MisoraRyuu0921 - 2020-02-03
Finally she got her Shinjuku outfit. Spent the last two days farming golden eggs for her outfit with no regrets. Be… https://t.co/G2pCAJMjO9
Dave Cook @davescook - 2020-01-31
@Dai_Lynch @GarryPaton Ah yes sorry man I meant to reply. I’m being useless as the whole DM thing lately. We’re sta… https://t.co/yAdCkkY1k9
AcePictureBot @AcePictureBot - 2020-01-30
@DarkRegeX Fate/Grand Order - Story Gacha 10-Roll
SSR Servants: Jack the Ripper (Assassin)
SR Servants: Shinjuku As… https://t.co/Y3Po88tX5L
おおた うに @outauni - 2020-01-30
gold ring / piaget
4color stone ring / vintage
embroiled brooch / ISETAN GIRL, gift
golden horse earrings / hermes… https://t.co/XnmUXUYwoQ
おおた うに @outauni - 2020-01-30
gold ring / piaget
4color stone ring / vintage
embroiled brooch / ISETAN GIRL, gift
golden horse earrings / hermes… https://t.co/XnmUXUYwoQ
Mick Kearney @Mickkearney06 - 2020-01-27
Great couple of days spent exploring Tokyo! #Dougal #prizepig @ Golden Gai in East Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan https://t.co/bYEiJoMU14
✨rob✨ @creepsclub - 2020-01-27
@slimyswampghost That’s why I always preferred Demon City Shinjuku.

Man I miss the golden age of 80’s/90’s horror anime
Amanda @_AmandaWalsh_ - 2020-01-26
Tokyo day 1 included a Samurai Museum, 2 sushi meals (one we made ourselves🤗), and some local nightlife in Golden G… https://t.co/USUGCWT4EF
Chris Chapman @Magnum702 - 2020-01-26
Wandered into a bar in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai last night and they had a Japanese VHS of No Holds Barred. The bar was… https://t.co/PEyVXw0BrW
The Fords @thefordcouple - 2020-01-26
Have you noticed when the Mabagal music video was played at the Golden Gai, Shinjuku? Look at Daniel's face while… https://t.co/ZcGZALpGUl
🎙️MC MASA!@春から超BIGなMCやります🌸 @masa_katahage - 2020-01-26
Norwegian🇳🇴 and Participants of EVO Japan 2020🎮 are welcome tonight in Shinjuku-golden-gai TOKYO😎

【 Bar Doco 】
Shi… https://t.co/eaY2vF6xMV
Free-Spirit @murthybs - 2020-01-25
@brijeshkalappa do not miss asagusa temple in tokyo , golden temple in kyoto & off course shinjuku for electronics… https://t.co/xyKZzkGJYI


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