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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

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Shinjuku City, Japan
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Overview

With the world’s highest number of bars per square meter, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Golden Gai neighborhood is a must-visit for travelers with a vibrant spirit. This walking tour of Shinjuku Golden Gai and Kabukicho showcases the best bars, restaurants, and food stalls the districts have to offer. Feast on Japanese dishes like Ramen, and yakitori (skewers), and delve into the area’s rich history with your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people, making for an intimate experience.
  • Walking food tour of the Shinjuku Golden Gai and Kabukicho districts in Tokyo
  • Learn why the area is one of Japan’s most famous entertainment areas
  • Try a diverse selection of Japanese dishes like ramen and yakitori
  • Enjoy Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood known for being Tokyo’s most popular nightlife spot
  • Spot Godzilla, the world-famous Killer Kaiju
Begin your journey into Tokyo’s beating heart in Kabukicho. Here, greet your guide and head straight for Omoide Yokocho, a street whose name translates as Memory Lane.

Travel back in time as you pass bars that have remained unchanged since 1950 and then proceed to Kabukicho, the largest and safest Red Light District in Asia. Stop to enjoy a sample of two delicious foods including ramen.

Conclude your tour in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood, famed for its effervescent nightlife consisting of more than 200 pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars. Sip on an included cool drink while here. Feel free to continue exploring this raucous enclave independently.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shinjuku Station East Exit Police Box
Let's meet there and to start! Share delicious memories with a knowledgeable, local and English speaking guide
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Omoide Yokocho
Discover a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine with locals, and learn about one of Japan’s most famous entertainment areas.
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Godzilla Head
Try different local and seasonal dishes at 4 different food stops (yakitori, ramen, sushi...)
Duration: 2 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Robot Restaurant
Robot restaurant
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shinjuku Golden Gai
As we wander in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood you can explore an area known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya, tiny bars, and pub-nightlife. Golden Gai venues are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars. Most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely populated nightlife area in the world, Golden Gai will be a glimpse of Tokyo you will never forget.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Hanazono Shrine
Hanazono Shrine
Admission Ticket Free

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Food tour
Happiness56178396460
, Oct 2019
This tour was wonderful. Food was great. Ryan made the tour fun and his knowledge about food & traditions just enhanced the experience. I would recommend this tour especially with Ryan as your guide!!!
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Good intro to Shinjuku, and great guide!
bdaygirl50
, May 2019
We had Ryu as our guide and he was fantastic! The group was small so it was easy to maneuver through the streets. He had lots of cultural information about the area and the food we were tasting. Ryu ordered and paid for everyone at each stop and always asked what our preferences were individually. We started at an Izakaya place with delicious grilled skewers and a cold beer, then on to a ramen place, followed by a sushi restaurant. The sushi restaurant allowed smoking inside which I didn’t care for but locals and businessmen were dining there so you got the full cultural experience. I missed the last bar stop for drinking because I had to leave but I got a nice follow up message the next day from Ryu. We had also stopped at Don Quixote and he he gave us a rundown of the highlights of the store. I really had a lot of food to eat and felt Ryu cared about our enjoyment.
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Great Tour!
Curious25552875037
, May 2019
This tour was a great introduction to Japan and the Japanese food culture. Satoshi was a fantastic guide and he took us to some amazing spots in Memory Lane and Golden Gai where the food was delicious and plentiful! He was also very knowledgable about the history of Japanese food and the different places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour! Satoshi, arigato gozaimashita!
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Shinjuku Food Tour
Brent M
, Jan 2019
Alex, thanks for the great tour! We enjoyed the company, food, and education. Our family's third trip to Japan, and still learning. We like to use food tours as a way to scope out the food scene in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the Izakaya, Sushi Restaurant, and Golden Gai bar we went to with Alex. We will definitely use Arigato Tours again!
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Yummy food and great tips
alexisf315
, Dec 2018
We went on 10-10-18 and Lora was our guide. It was a lot of fun. We did the Shibuya tour on our last trip. And this one was also great. It’s a good idea to do it in the beginning of your trip so that you have some food ideas to explore. Our host was Lora. She shared some great tips, was easy to talk to, and took pictures of us. This tour is worth it to learn some cool things and eat yummy food!
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Best of everything
aw703tonia
, Sep 2018
Sean was an excellent host and guide. The food was in small portions but each piece was better than the last piece. It was 5 in my group and a couple, who were from my hometown of Washington DC, so we were quite the eclectic group. As with all my viator tours, I highly recommend this food tour. Especially if you enjoy fresh fresh sushi!!!
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Had an amazing time with our guide...
Maria Theresa C
, Apr 2018
Had an amazing time with our guide Aiko and met people from around the world. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great Experience. Tour guide was...
Steve D
, Mar 2018
Great Experience. Tour guide was cool and helpful. Visited a number of spots we'll want to check out on our next trip to Japan. Would definitely reccommend!
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Great tour of the old part of the...
JOHN W
, Dec 2017
Great tour of the old part of the city . Guide Asami was very friendly and informative. The location is interesting with very small bars and very minimal guests Was a good way to start off our Tokyo trip, would reccomend to others !
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This was a really cool experience...
Erick A
, Oct 2017
This was a really cool experience. Our guide was nice enough to wait until we found the meet up location then proceeded to show us a side of Tokyo we wouldn't normally experience along with cool restaurants to try different foods. We'd definitely do this again.

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