Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai
Voice Guide of Spot Introduction
Page last updated: Jul, 22, 2019
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Jason Surguine

Shinjuku Golden Gai is an area located at the corner of Shinjuku Kabukicho where a total of 280 bars and taverns are spreaded across a tiny block of 50 square meters. People who were involved in black market trade following the war built wooden tenements and lived at this area. The buildings of Golden Gai still retain an old-school vibe, but since being swayed by redevelopment, the look is fading as time passes.
Most of the shops here are very small; the average shop size is between 13 to 15 square meters. As a result, customers are often elbow to elbow, creating a friendly atmosphere with low social barriers.
The Golden Gai is also renowned as a place where eclectic patrons gather; writers, editors, publishers, film directors and actors are known to pop by. You sometimes see a group of customers in a heated debate. Recently, this place has become a spot where foreign travelers can exchange valuable information.
Enjoy a nostalgic night out in unpretentious, yet culturally significant Golden Gai.

Information of Spot Detail


1-1-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Telephone Number

[Sankomachi Shopping Street Promotion Association]03-3209-6418

Spot Types

shopping complex

Business Hours

Varies by shop

Regular Holiday

Varies by shop


Varies by shop


8 minutes walk from JR Shinjuku Station East Exit

Official Homepage

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