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

Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour

Take a walk on the wild side with an evening tour through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, and get a local's look into the best shopping and night life. Discover the Omoide Yokocho, an alley lined with tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving delicious street food, the notorious red-light district of Kabukicho and more!


  • 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

Start your exciting night tour at the shopping area of Shinjuku and check out the popular department stores where Japan's trendiest styles and subculture fashions are to be found. Walk past the Suehirotei Vaudeville Theater, one of the most prestigious traditional Japanese theater companies. Admire the candle-lit Hanazono Shrine, founded in the mid-17th century and considered a protector of the Shinjuku district.

Continue your walk to Golden Gai, a famous bar district on the east side of Shinjuku with more than 100 tiny shacks (formerly brothels), bars and clubs. Walk through the narrow alleys and passageways that have remained unchanged over time. Stroll along the neon-lit streets of Kabukicho, full of small bars and hostess clubs catering mainly to Japanese salary men. See the touts calling out for business and hear the risqué stories of what goes on behind closed doors!

Finish your tour at Omoide Yokocho, for a look back in time. This lane still has the old architecture of wooden shacks and is reminiscent of the 1940s when old Tokyo’s alleys hosted a world of black marketeers. Stop for a while and enjoy dinner or a few drinks at one of the many bars and restaurants.

Please note: Food and drinks are not included in the tour, your guide will suggest restaurant and bars and assist you with ordering.

Customer Reviews

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.

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

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!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was everything and more. Enjoyed every moment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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