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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

Rae Allison @raeallison - 2018-10-20
Shinjuku Golden Gai is where it’s at!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-20
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
John McCabe @mccabejohn - 2018-10-19
@demophoon Check out the bars in Golden Gai near Shinjuku, highlight of my trip last year and totally worth visiting (multiple times!)
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-19
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Ben Goldhaber @FishStix - 2018-10-18
@jacksondahl Night time Izakaya hopping!

Hands down, my favorite parts of Tokyo are the small back alleys jam pack… https://t.co/AnZ7wjSTZK
Cowise @Cowise - 2018-10-18
Adventures in #kabukicho, #omoideyokocho, and #shinjuku proper. #japan #tokyo #food @ Golden Gai https://t.co/1VYzr30FWl
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-18
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Miyuki miku shimizu @Mikumiyuki0222 - 2018-10-17
Exotic japan!
#shinjuku #goldengai #whiskey #whiskeylover #tokyobar #bar #tokyoguide #新宿ゴールデン街 #新宿 #新宿観光… https://t.co/sSsUVvABaO
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-17
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-16
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
TokyoUrbanAdventures @TokyoUrbanAdv - 2018-10-16
A regular evening in Shinjuku...
Tiger Man is a legend in the neighborhood! @ Golden Gai https://t.co/83zozUgfD8
David M. Littlefield @dmlworx - 2018-10-15
Inside one of the tiny Golden Gai bars
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#barhopping #goldengai #shinjuku #tokyo #nightlife #streetlife… https://t.co/5oWHHaIZn5
Greg S. @3030vision - 2018-10-15
Golden Gai bar life: Never a dull moment.
#tokyo #shinjuku #kabukicho
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-10-15
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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Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-15
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
David M. Littlefield @dmlworx - 2018-10-14
Bar hopping the allies of Golden Gai in Shinjuku
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#barhopping #goldengai #shinjuku #tokyo #nightlife #streetlife… https://t.co/YgPdLTo3iZ
Stayway_Japan @Stayway_japan - 2018-10-14
【Shinjuku Golden Gai】
A small area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, famous both as an area of architectural interest and… https://t.co/pxwWvyTSlG
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-14
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
una @anbu00una - 2018-10-14
@blueaquahawk Thank you for the heart♡
Golden wind was blowing in Shinjuku🐞✨
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-13
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
ғ ʳᵢ 𝓰 ₕ ᴛ ₘ ₑ 𝒸 ₕ @flintmech - 2018-10-13
@MaxScoville Go to Kabukicho in Shinjuku and explore the Golden Gai area. try to find this bar called DEATHMATCH IN… https://t.co/3Yr8io2TIw
Ken Hidaka @kenhidaka - 2018-10-12
went to this uber cool spot in shinjuku golden gai barnightingale very cool music!! apparently, A1 hangout spot for… https://t.co/BuhlEZ0uro
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-12
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Danny Phantom @DannyPage - 2018-10-11
@McNulligan @sethboyer Golden Gai was cool, pick a place without a cover charge for a couple of drinks. (Mostly oth… https://t.co/YqxQBEKsfR
Nick Mummygan-Syclops @McNulligan - 2018-10-11
@sethboyer There's a dope burrito place in Shinjuku called Rainbow Burritos. I've also heard great things about Gol… https://t.co/SauihFmmUx
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-11
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Japan Travel @JapanTravel - 2018-10-10
Golden Gai in Shinjuku is one of the best bar-hopping places in Japan. Clearly, @m.kolodziejski1 has the right idea… https://t.co/ZAAfMpdvm6
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-10
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
🐞smol 無駄🐞 @mudamudadaze - 2018-10-10
The decked out Animate in Shinjuku! (Was also happy to see the Jojo shelf right beside Golden Kamuy 💕) https://t.co/3zKzneGGhf
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-10-09
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
cosmin░trg (ヶブ嵐) @CosminTRG - 2018-10-09
@ambivalent @mikeservito I second that, always stay in Shinjuku and spend all nights in Golden Gai :)

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