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Shinjuku Golden-gai

Travel Guide - Shinjuku Golden-gai

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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

ClosedClosed

  • 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

TweetsTweets

Bucket List Journey @BucketListJrny - 2018-02-23
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/FpQgWwnbYs #Japan
Cacinda Maloney ✈ @Pointsandtravel - 2018-02-23
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/guPdQqp4xk https://t.co/VZBSSR8y9f
Cheap Flights @3CheapFlights - 2018-02-23
#Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to #Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars: The Shinjuku nightlife offers a lot of fun things to do and a visit to Tokyo…
Kelly Stilwell @kellystilwell - 2018-02-23
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Henki @megafist - 2018-02-20
Epitaph curry hidden in Golden Gai #shinjuku https://t.co/w1riO68o1G
John Smith @BachelorTrek - 2018-02-19
@okrnhrkn And then the same week there was a fire in Golden Gai entertainment district in the Kabukicho district in… https://t.co/nWsSRVNuhJ
桐生すばる @krameme - 2018-02-17
Shinjuku Golden Street 'shampoo'
The business closed at 5 o'clock.

It was full from beginning to end, thank you!
I… https://t.co/gDqc4oZmgV
Aogu Fujihashi @aogufuji - 2018-02-15
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NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-13
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Michael Vito @mjvito - 2018-02-11
Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi Shinjuku Golden Gai head shop was one of the bowls that got @ramenadventures started on hi… https://t.co/SKAntq9hv2
すー人 @littlesuzyk - 2018-02-11
Moving to Shinjuku :) just a few feets away from the golden guy bahahahahahahaha
Kai @dwylth - 2018-02-10
@BrewDogBarCalv For spectacular (if crowded) views, go to the metropolitan government building observatory

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NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-10
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
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POPLANDTV @poplandtv - 2018-02-09
Shinjuku #Golden✨Street: Revisit the Tokyo of Olden Days https://t.co/QSR6vVl57d @Japan_Info_
1 of Tokyo's retro st… https://t.co/PmgYHGGuN3
AdorableRepresentativeMCofYouth🍠🍠🍠 @___BOO____ - 2018-02-08
Apparently the area where i went to drink last weekend where the golden gai alley ways of Shinjuku and I didn't kno… https://t.co/dpMbn5pMGL
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-08
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
A: Let's get NeighborMix SPOTIT. https://t.co/HMAhsO0bDv
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Ted 🇯🇵 @Ted_Tashilogy - 2018-02-08
The small area of Shinjuku, famous for the many small bars and narrow alleys.
'Shinjuku Golden… https://t.co/8Lq6a1pyHy
Ted 🇯🇵 @Ted_Tashilogy - 2018-02-08
The small area of Shinjuku, famous for the many small bars and narrow alleys.
'Shinjuku Golden… https://t.co/gmZ0sA8BeL
ゆきりん押し! @etsukochin - 2018-02-08
The area known as Golden Gai in Shinjuku has a bunch of tiny little bars (not room for more than 8… https://t.co/JxwAASZhcV
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-07
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
A: Let's get NeighborMix SPOTIT. https://t.co/HMAhsO0bDv
https://t.co/5E1VnYmSLf
Trey Ratcliff @TreyRatcliff - 2018-02-07
The area known as Golden Gai in Shinjuku has a bunch of tiny little bars (not room for more than 8 people) downstai… https://t.co/2iMr4O0XxR
rave21392 @rave21392 - 2018-02-06
Best place for people watching: shinjuku station
Best place to hear free live performances: roppongi
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Carson Wentz is a System QB 🇭🇹 @TroobAdore - 2018-02-05
Day Two in Tokyo. Shinjuku Yokocho 'Golden Gai'. Literally hundreds of bars, only went to two.... Gotta go back https://t.co/RrQ2LrH0o8
f u l y a ✰*。 @audionihilism - 2018-02-05
@aquariaofficial Have fun! Make sure to go to Shinjuku’s golden street if you have time, it’s a unique experience w… https://t.co/dVwF0e7lQz
Bryan William Jones @BWJones - 2018-02-04
@drwave @therealfitz @harper @leeunkrich Kabuki. Totally. Not weird per se, but absolutely gorgeous. Also, tuna auc… https://t.co/BJ5nA9lm1b
Jr. @Stardustfists - 2018-02-04
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Jr. @Stardustfists - 2018-02-04
i'm going to record so much footage in japan. shinjuku is going to be absolutely nuts. planning on visiting Disneyl… https://t.co/FKmTJ02awj
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-04
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
A: Let's get NeighborMix SPOTIT. https://t.co/HMAhsO0bDv
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Peter Warkentin @Peter_Warkentin - 2018-02-03
@leeunkrich Hit up Bar Deathmatch in Shinjuku Golden Gai. Filled with genre film and heavy metal memorabilia. All drinks are 666 yen.
steev @OkSteev - 2018-02-03
Guide book: at night, go to Golden Gai for cheap drinks or Shinjuku for the best nightclubs

Me: ok I found 5 dem… https://t.co/L2eyaJ2UT8
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-02-02
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
A: Let's get NeighborMix SPOTIT. https://t.co/HMAhsO0bDv
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ゆきりん押し! @etsukochin - 2018-01-30
This is where I'm taking Ethan tonight... to these little back alleys in Shinjuku called Golden Gai. https://t.co/4vfGfTmazc
Trey Ratcliff @TreyRatcliff - 2018-01-29
This is where I'm taking Ethan tonight... to these little back alleys in Shinjuku called Golden Gai. https://t.co/VrZfhUC8EI
Liam Cary @liam_cary - 2018-01-28
Exploring alleys and bar hopping in Shinjuku last weekend 🇯🇵 @ Golden Gai https://t.co/2nYKphLE7l

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