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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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@kinky_horror Ahhh, I miss Shibuya, Roppongi and most of all Shinjuku and the Golden Gai bars. Not to mention the okonomiyaki in Hiroshima.
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