- Type: 4WD
NileGuide Expert tip:
Brave the hefty table charges and difficult entry for one of the most authentic Tokyo drinking experiences. Practice your Japanese to win points with the bartender.
- Just a few blocks from the center of Shinjuku, the Golden Gai feels like a well-preserved red light district from 50 years ago. The Japanese-style bars are cramped and can only sit up to four customers at a time. Most clientele are regulars; first-time visitors, if served, may receive not just frosty stares but exorbitant bills. Situated in prime lots and preyed upon by real-estate developers, rumors of its demise have spread for the past 20 years. In 1998 a fire destroyed 16 bars. Walk through the streets while it is still here.
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- 1-1-10 Kabukicho
- Tokyo 160-0021
- 24 hours Mon-Sun, best visited at night.
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