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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

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Katie Anderson @kbjanderson - 2018-05-20
Sharing Tokyo with participants on Friday night following #JapanLeanStudyTrip. Shinjuku’s Drunkard’s Alley and Gold… https://t.co/V19EE6mLU2
Wolfclaw @WolfDragonsClaw - 2018-05-19
@MsDragonFruit @AbroadInJapan Shinjuku has some amazing spots such as shinjuku VR zone and golden gai bar area. Aki… https://t.co/iwOCmATQ2T
#1 gorgeous stan @iTSwiftCisco - 2018-05-17
@KaceyMusgraves @TOWER_Shinjuku Hi I love you and golden hour made me a fan
Eddie @twangtexas - 2018-05-17
Yes! I'll never late to the party, it's gonna be a golden hour!!! :-) @KaceyMusgraves @TOWER_Shinjuku
Australia’s worst Asian @irrellievant - 2018-05-16
@femmocollective @HeathC Yoyogi park, near Harajuku, is really beautiful to walk around in. Shinjuku probs isn't ki… https://t.co/6CrLtvAoUQ
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-05-16
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🌟Fad @ Fanime Soon!🌟 @fadburger - 2018-05-16
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Leo Y @cyclonicleo - 2018-05-14
Yes....this exists. Golden Gai district, Shinjuku. #goldengai… https://t.co/eRl9OTZ8Gl
eighties_millenial @maelcomsoul - 2018-05-13
@bobservo Go to Golden Gai in Shinjuku. It’s over 100 mini bars that have 1 bartender each and seats about 5 people. All different themed
AKADAMA JAPAN @akadamajapan - 2018-05-12
Tell you about the etiquette that you can be accepted in the Golden gai street in Shinjuku.
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Isaac AQ @tactigas - 2018-05-10
Late post: African American Caribbean festival in Shinjuku during Golden Week https://t.co/R55OBQaZB9
Rai@OT forever @raikamudapon - 2018-05-10
@lazy_cameko Uhihihihi if you leave it to me I'll drag you all around con Jason!
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Sir Cytlan von Cytterfeldt @cytlan - 2018-05-10
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info-lokasi.com @info_lokasi_com - 2018-05-09
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珠音 (슈온) @ys_dh_so1005 - 2018-05-09
@shfly3424 @0gD2Vf4MYGfHULs @Kjjzz Shinjuku Golden Street, Yesung became favorite, are not you?
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Wellness4all.co @Wellness4allC - 2018-05-08
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NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-05-07
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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nicholas⇔ニコ @nicksthebest - 2018-05-05
A reason to love golden week: being able to walk at a fairly normal pace on a Saturday in Shinjuku.
スメリ夫 @sume0870 - 2018-05-04
I started to drink in Shinjuku Golden Gai!! #ゴールデン街 #Shinjuku
Lucy Joy @lullabellajoy - 2018-05-03
In an 8 seat bar in Golden Gai, Shinjuku and it's playing only Bowie - Japan you are forever giving x
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-04-29
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
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Golden Kamuy Central @KamuyCentral - 2018-04-28
Golden Kamuy can badges given to people using the karaoke room at Pasela Shinjuku from 28 April to 27 May.
Badges a… https://t.co/LPA4WuPWny
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-04-27
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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AKADAMA JAPAN @akadamajapan - 2018-04-26
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hien @ HOME @haruhi_lulu - 2018-04-26
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hien @ JP TRIP 4/16 - 5/1 @haruhi_lulu - 2018-04-26
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AKADAMA JAPAN @akadamajapan - 2018-04-25
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DJNoSkills @DJNoSkills007 - 2018-04-25
https://t.co/u08o84peV2 uploaded a clip from my IRL stream in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Me and my girlfriend walked in the r… https://t.co/9YewzwMGjp
ハウスコム @housecom_jp - 2018-04-23
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久住英二 MMRワクチン打って! @KusumiEiji - 2018-04-23
Navitas Clinic Shinjuku is open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays even during GOLDEN WEEK.… https://t.co/zxrTayeJYC
久住英二 MMRワクチン打って! @KusumiEiji - 2018-04-23
Navitas Clinic Shinjuku is open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays even during GOLDEN WEEK.… https://t.co/zxrTayeJYC
久住英二@ナビタスクリニック @KusumiEiji - 2018-04-23
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