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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


Food Tours Japan @FoodToursJapan - 2019-09-20
The Bar-Hopping Culture of Shinjuku Golden Street: A Taste of Tokyo's Historic Golden Gai District… https://t.co/XAwH7cWTcA
Libby⚡️Mikrokosmos @libbydango - 2019-09-20
it was golden 💛 happened to be in shinjuku when @_ruenis and @_wevvy were so we grabbed a lonnnnng dinner and looke… https://t.co/N4o7W109NE
CHRIS DAVID @ChrisFDavid - 2019-09-19
Booboo in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

https://t.co/WIBrqgonez and I decided to wander around Shinjuku in search of some good… https://t.co/wYDYvzaumj
jenna lewis @leweyj - 2019-09-19
@GarethLewis77 Oh to be in Tokyo again! Don’t forget to go to Shinjuku’s Golden Gai
Alison Young @scotinoz - 2019-09-17
@criminology4u If you have time, try to visit Nagi (sometimes spelt Nagy) in the little area called Golden Gai near… https://t.co/4bya48ZtKU
Candace Thomas @candacerthomas - 2019-09-17
@CinderSlays The Golden Gai bar district in shinjuku is incredible. A bunch of tiny (6-10 seat) bars with excellent… https://t.co/uoIqGXMKt8
Bucket List Journey @BucketListJrny - 2019-09-16
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/z4mx4ouHqN
Malek | مالك 🍎 @malekawt - 2019-09-16
The Golden Gai

#TB #GoldenGai #tokyo #shinjuku #japan #travel #night #fall19 https://t.co/7Rq7LAHcmK
TimeOutTokyo @TimeOutTokyo - 2019-09-16
Spending an evening in Golden Gai? Start with these bars. https://t.co/gQKMfrKc0i https://t.co/ISC3bVWweB
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2019-09-16
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
iko @ikolino - 2019-09-15
@unseven yeah. I managed to go to Shinjuku but missed out on everything else pretty much. Golden gai is the coolest place on Earth though
BaldingInJp @081g0 - 2019-09-14
Toilet in one of the bars in Shinjuku Golden Gai. I was on target. https://t.co/eZkTAAKSUT
Oscar Yasser Noriega "Akira" @ PAX, Seoul, TGS @akirareiko - 2019-09-12
Shinuku / Golden Gai.
Shot and edited using a Huawei P30 Pro and VSCO.
#nightphotography #smartphonephotography… https://t.co/1T3c0P2yoU
Roman Krakowski @romankrakowski - 2019-09-12
Ahh the memories!! The day before the typhoon hit!! Back in Tokyo! Shopping in Harijuku, with Goyza stop! Walk thr… https://t.co/ihXT0yH0tC
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2019-09-12
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Mellow Brown @MellowMarketer - 2019-09-11
@DirtyEffinHippy WORD! If I may:

- Have an evening/night in Golden Gai(in the heart of Shinjuku). There are so man… https://t.co/EdwSi0lsW4
katastrophe @soriathleen - 2019-09-11
@camguevara go to golden gai in shinjuku to bar hop!!! have fun be safe
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2019-09-10
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
grumd @grumd_osu - 2019-09-10
Wanted to post this selfie from our Japan trip for a while. Here's me and my girlfriend in Shinjuku Golden Gai! Sup https://t.co/1pmeF2mkKC
travelgasm.com @travelgasm - 2019-09-10
Must-See #Tokyo: The back streets of the buzzing #Shinjuku district.

See https://t.co/02zqJ09fps for the best trai… https://t.co/M9mRpX5i00
ym the fire in Tokyo 👘 @ymintokyo - 2019-09-09
“Golden Gai” in Shinjuku is getting very popular among visitors.
There’re a lot of old-fashioned nostalgic small ba… https://t.co/B8EnglIPLy
Daniel Montenegro @lordinario - 2019-09-08
Overly attached Godzilla @ Shinjuku Golden Gai https://t.co/W7aCEwobiC
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2019-09-07
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Bucket List Journey @BucketListJrny - 2019-09-06
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/z4mx4ouHqN
CurtiiTV aka CSQxx @CurtiiTV - 2019-09-05
@Frenzalofficial This one. In Shinjuku in the golden alleys https://t.co/WaQzXBvFLq
Anne @Pretraveller - 2019-09-04
Shinjuku's Golden Gai: Best bars and how to get there https://t.co/Aw97XPJyV3
Alexander Kronenburg @AlexanderK87 - 2019-09-03
@MichaelJLeader @EddieRobson I know it's a bit of cliche but you really should do the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku.… https://t.co/geJVzD4ab7
April🌺🌸🌿 @konounmei - 2019-09-03
I met up with someone I met on FB, and it was just so nice and relaxing and fun. We went to The Lockup, which turne… https://t.co/Rl39yH4UDh
Catherine @nekoerine - 2019-09-03
@sjokz - Harajuku for crepes and cute things
- Shibuya (look for a crossing view spot)
- Asakusa Senjo-ji (super cr… https://t.co/F3U5fJtUnL
Kien Lam @MeanMisterKien - 2019-09-03
@sjokz Yaay!! I loved Golden Gai in Shinjuku at night. It's a small block with tiny alleys filled with about 100 ba… https://t.co/cayfHzWZQK


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