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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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Anna ✈️ Japan @annabrandberg - 2019-06-25
More Tokyo and the metal bar tour of Golden Gai! (I got sucked in by the serenity of Shinjuku Gyoen National Park s… https://t.co/bOFQa9B7pf
Truly Tokyo @trulytokyo - 2019-06-22
Shinjuku’s Golden Gai and Kabukicho entertainment districts are world famous. Only a few steps away, the #Shinjuku… https://t.co/WsiSy1tMTd
Vivienne @breathinagb - 2019-06-22
Then had a deliiiccciiooouuuussss sushi train lunch 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 and visited the Imperial Palace gardens before visiting S… https://t.co/vJulcDF0G1
William Izzo @wilizzo - 2019-06-21
@wickerwaka Shinjuku, Golden Gai. You can say thanks when you get back 👌
thaitea @itsthaitea - 2019-06-20
@RiceAndS0ySauce @BloodyCaramel Hakone (hot springs), Hamburg Will, Shinjuku Golden Gai, shrines, skytree, robot sh… https://t.co/m3axWVNaUO
Carol @nowimcarol - 2019-06-18
@jamuraa Aw, sorry to hear that. Have you thought about either Golden Gai https://t.co/XAfz1A2r0r or Memory Lane… https://t.co/W1TPED2Ezc
Carol @nowimcarol - 2019-06-18
@jamuraa Aw, sorry to hear that. Have you thought about either Golden Gai https://t.co/XAfz1A2r0r or Memory Lane… https://t.co/W1TPED2Ezc
Carol @nowimcarol - 2019-06-18
@jamuraa Aw, sorry to hear that. Have you thought about either Golden Gai https://t.co/XAfz1A2r0r or Memory Lane… https://t.co/W1TPED2Ezc
Eddy Boudel Tan @eddyautomatic - 2019-06-18
@EliAllison3 In Tokyo, we loved the nightlife in Golden Gai, the energy of Shinjuku, the food stalls in the Ueno ma… https://t.co/xNgtTeH7hv
Eddy Boudel Tan 🏳️‍🌈 @eddyautomatic - 2019-06-18
@EliAllison3 In Tokyo, we loved the nightlife in Golden Gai, the energy of Shinjuku, the food stalls in the Ueno ma… https://t.co/xNgtTeH7hv
Jake Watt @JakeChatty - 2019-06-16
@kateiselin Shinjuku Golden Gai is pretty fun if you like small bars and random conversations
奈々 7/28は例のevent (一緒に飲みに行こ) @nana_nakamura_ - 2019-06-16
Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, famous both as an area of architectural interest and… https://t.co/DTqadkBaMf
奈々 やんわりと7月28日空けるタイプです @nana_nakamura_ - 2019-06-16
Shinjuku Golden Gai is a small area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, famous both as an area of architectural interest and… https://t.co/DTqadkBaMf
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2019-06-15
Q: Could you show me the way to Shinjuku Golden Gai?
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eigonomics @eigonomics - 2019-06-15
8 Best Tiny Bars in Tokyo's Golden Gai #Shinjuku

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NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2019-06-12
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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Votre SHU🏳️‍🌈 @ShuVotre - 2019-06-12
Before opening!! I took a short movie of our bar! In Golden Gai, each bars are like this, very small but it has an… https://t.co/QYBVuxNw1L
Votre SHU🏳️‍🌈 @ShuVotre - 2019-06-12
It seems very calm in Shinjuku, Golden Gai🙂 it’s not only nice for the party style but also cool for having a conve… https://t.co/gXl8gYiPJs
Ellen Smith 💁🏼‍♀️ @EBEscapades - 2019-06-11
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD 🥘😂. If there’s anywhere you must go on the hunt for food at in Tokyo I’d recommend the famous fo… https://t.co/WMOA1tIlFm
NOCTIVE @noctive_jp - 2019-06-11
The Golden Buzzer Winning Act from America's Got Talent will be happening in Shinjuku for a long running show!… https://t.co/4cRKv03MqX
Bucket List Journey @BucketListJrny - 2019-06-08
Shinjuku Nightlife: A Guide to Tokyo’s Best Golden Gai Bars https://t.co/z4mx4ouHqN
Lisa Swartos @lswartos - 2019-06-08
Exhausted but made the most of our first night in Shinjuku- delicious ramen and tiny bars in Golden Gai did not dis… https://t.co/M5MLIVzFAc
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2019-06-08
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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Waifu Bot @AcePictureBot - 2019-06-08
@Neikiii Fate/Grand Order - Story Gacha 10-Roll
SSR Servants: None
SR Servants: Shinjuku Avenger (Avenger)
SSR Craf… https://t.co/lqvQGdqCkm
Firnwind @Firnwind - 2019-06-07
@agletka Well Shinjuku Boy is the next on my list but as I'm missing 28 Golden Assassin Gems, and more materials ..… https://t.co/z3BCrz6S5Q
Jen Pollack Bianco @lax2nrt - 2019-06-05
Tokyo After Dark: Exploring Shinjuku and the Golden Gai #tokyo #travel #Foodie https://t.co/A3cDWV9dCc https://t.co/u660TAAXdI
⚒ d.patrick1a ⚒ @dpatrick1a - 2019-06-05
Tamago Jr touring Golden Gai.

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Japanese Restaurants Guide - SAVOR JAPAN @SavorJapan - 2019-06-04
Shinjuku is where history and trend coexists. There are Omoide Yokocho and Golden Gai, traditional drinking quarter… https://t.co/xbFlYgWQyP
NeighborMix SPOTIT @getspotit - 2019-06-04
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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〘✵〙▶ 𝓘𝓻𝓾𝓶𝓪 𝓙𝔂𝓾𝓽𝓸。 @sabishisausagi - 2019-06-02
「 @TigridiaStyle 」;

Jyuto went to Doppo's apartment without sound. Instead of texting that he arrived in Shinjuku… https://t.co/Jv4o5sLrdj
Dean Elazab @deanelazab - 2019-06-01
@raidhyn Bar Ben fiddich for the best cocktails. Fuunji for best tsukemen, Golden GAi for quaint little bars. All i… https://t.co/rs3zxPYSCq
Kirstie @kirstiefchan - 2019-06-01
Flashback to 📍Golden Gai, located in thr Kabukicho ares of Shinjuku! This is a popular spot for night life, filled… https://t.co/EKUSGpnS6F

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