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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

Wander the neon-lit alleys of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Kabuchiko areas after dark on this 2-hour nocturnal adventure with a guide. Your visit to these two intriguing Tokyo neighborhoods, among Tokyo’s busiest for food and nightlife, will allow you the chance to sample hole-in-the-wall restaurants, enjoy the quirky bars of the Golden Gai and explore Kabuchiko’s infamous red-light district.

Highlights

  • Two-hour evening walking tour of Shinjuku entertainment district
  • See the department stores catering to the latest trends and subculture fashion
  • Walk through the candle-lit Hanazono Shrine
  • Explore the small alleys and lanes of Golden Gai
  • Hear the risqué stories of the Kabukicho red light district
  • See the historic wooden shacks of Omoide Yokocho

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Your guide will make sure you don't miss a thing as you stroll through the Shinjuku entertainment district and the Kabukicho red-light district. All the neon and LED signboards, not to mention the wild fashions, make for endless photo opportunities!

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What You Can Expect

Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

Explore the legendary back alleys, drinking dens and street food of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Kabuchiko neighborhoods, enjoying a visual and culinary feast of sensations along the way. This nighttime adventure into Tokyo’s fascinating neon underbelly is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the legendary nightlife and food culture of modern Japan.

Meet up with your guide in the early evening at the Keio Plaza Hotel, continuing to the shopping section of Shinjuku, where you can explore the area’s mish-mash of trendy boutiques and fascinating shops of subculture fashions. Then head over to the Suehirotei Vaudeville Theater, one of the country’s most prestigious, before proceeding to the Hanazono Shrine, to admire its candle-lit interior and architecture, which dates to the mid-17th century.

From there you’ll continue on to the Golden Gai, a fun-filled area on the eastern edge of Shinjuku that’s home to hundreds of miniscule bars, each of which can hold no more than a handful of patrons. Then continue your walk with a visit to Kabuchiko district, home to a warren of streets packed with Japanese “salary men” in dark suits on the prowl food, drink and other pleasures of the night. The air is thick with the chants of touts looking to lure customers behind the closed doors of this area’s many risqué establishments.

Conclude your wanderings with a stop at Omoide Yokocho a picturesque street lined with traditional wooden shacks that are home to a variety of restaurants and bars. It’s a taste of old-world Tokyo from the 1940s, a time when the area’s dimly-lit streets were filled with black marketeers and intrigue. Feel free to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the many restaurants at your own leisure.

Customer Reviews

Bill604

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a very informative tour and a good introduction to Shinjuku and Kabukicho. There were only three of us on the tour. We got to see quite a bit in two hours. On our walk through Shinjuku, we visited a video game arcade, a pachinko parlour, and a department store selling anime fashions. We also walked by a capsule hotel on our way to the Hanazono Shrine and Golden Gai.

In Kabukicho, we walked by numerous bars and all the neon signs. We had our photo taken by the arch marking the entrance to Kabukicho and walked by the famous Robot Restaurant. Last stop was for a snack of takoyaki.

The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Anthony S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We throughly enjoyed the tour, our tour guide took us to all the right places and had all the knowledge that we enjoyed hearing about through the city. Thank you

Johnny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great tour. got to see a lot of the great things that make Shinjuku such a popular area of Tokyo!

Christopher H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour. Our tour guide was awesome can't remember her name. So many cool things in this area that you get to see, and get insight from a local. Highly recommended.

Tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was everything and more. Enjoyed every moment.

Kathleen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

An excellent guide who walked us around the inner workings of Tokyo not generally visited by tourists. We were informed about the history and cultural elements of Shinjuku. We have been Tokyo a few times but have never explored these parts. Definitely worth doing.

Debbie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide was lovely and very well informed. We wouldn't have seen many of the places she showed us if we had tried to go by ourselves and if we had we wouldn't have known what we were looking at. My advice would be to take the tour and then go back to selected places later on.

Shirley W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour, the guide was lovely and very knowledgeable also we had only just arrived in Tokyo, so it was reassuring to be taken down the alleyways and nightspots with a local.

Rachael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

My friend and I ended up having a private tour as no-one else on this trip. Our tour guide was great and went the extra mile after the tour had finished by helping me order a suitable gluten free meal in a restaurant nearby. I would recommend this trip as it showed us a different side to Tokyo that my friend and I would probably not have felt comfortable exploring ourselves.

Alfonso D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour gets you out and show you even with a language barrier you can navigate this city especially by JR rail +Very helpful guide.

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