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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

ブラックアバロン • Black Avalon @BlackAvalorio - 2018-08-17
@brothermort You need to go to CIELO at Shinjuku Golden Gai!!! One of the best bars in Tōkyō, and people there REALLY LOVE WRESTLING!!!
Dugan @TIKIPODltd - 2018-08-16
@NoelFB Ghibli museum is great. Kamakura just south of Tokyo has lots of temples and the Great Buddha. Can walk up… https://t.co/NW0y7ViqO3
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-16
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-15
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Salle @SalleTokyo - 2018-08-14
Yasukuni st crossing in Shinjuku, surrounded by Godzilla, Love Hotels, Golden Gai, Alta meeting spot...Lost in Tran… https://t.co/MQWgRnP1mw
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-14
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-13
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-12
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-11
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Cindy Figueroa @ceefig - 2018-08-10
@TomMisch Golden Gai in Shinjuku. Randomly walked up to a bar where the owner was playing nothing but West Coast mu… https://t.co/2vziKS4S6M
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-10
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Alex tristram @Alexthespaceman - 2018-08-09
@TomMisch Golden gai, a maze of alleyways filled with tiny bars and drinking holes in the middle of shinjuku 😍
Markus Fasse @mafasse - 2018-08-09
@RaSZi Hey Lex. Never been there but I would love to check out 'Shinjuku Golden Gai' when I am in Tokyo some day. O… https://t.co/3I6Qrsbckb
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-09
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Street View Travel @Streetviewtrip - 2018-08-08
【4K】Walking Shinjuku Golden Gai after rain 2018. It's located next to Kabuki-cho: https://t.co/gruSohfnkf via @YouTube
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-08
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
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Jordan Appleson @jordanisonfire - 2018-08-07
@david_obrien @crandycodes Tsukjiki fish market if you like sushi! Shinjuku has the golden gai too which has lots o… https://t.co/KwUJjcFjBs
Street View Travel @Streetviewtrip - 2018-08-07
I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/gruSohfnkf 【4K】Walking Shinjuku Golden Gai after rain 2018. It's located next
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-07
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Tokyo Direct @seantokyodirect - 2018-08-06
Uchida in Golden Gai. Mystery Cyber Girl! #tokyodirect #tokyo #japan #uchida #japanese #boss #japanesegirl #art… https://t.co/YUnoDosquC
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-06
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-08-05
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 - 2018-08-05
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
Moon Ki Cho @moonki421 - 2018-08-04
8/4/18

Celebrating 2nd anniversary of Anchor in the Golden Gai in Shinjuku.

#tokyo #shinjuku #goldengai #anchor https://t.co/DSij6Mfqgz
Moon Ki Cho @moonki421 - 2018-08-04
8/4/18

Celebrating 2nd anniversary of Anchor in the Golden Gai in Shinjuku.

#tokyo #shinjuku #goldengai #anchor https://t.co/DSij6Mfqgz
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-04
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
One Day In Japan 🌸 @OneDayInJapan - 2018-08-03
Discover Japanese Whiskey In Shinjuku’s Golden Gai: Comorebi –Saudade- https://t.co/WcpVEnZHhD https://t.co/rvsCCzwQCT
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-03
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2018-08-02
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
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-02
Shinjuku Golden Street Near Freedom, Tandem Bicycle Running Interesting Things Open 0 o'clock Morning 7 pm Close Ka… https://t.co/WVZHBY5hjS
Tokyo-FREEDOM @ShinjyukuK - 2018-08-02
Shops around Shinjuku Golden Street, FREEDOM, open at midnight, Mondays closed FREEDOM address Tokyo Shinjuku

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