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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • Local Guide
  • One drink included
  • 4 Food Stops
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Transportation costs

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 3-chōme-38-1 Shinjuku
    3-chōme-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

    Meet up point: After exiting the JR East Exit gate, take the exit for Kabukicho Meet in front of the Police Box (Koban) Address: 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan 〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3丁目38−1

Start time

05:00 PM

End point

  • Shinjuku Golden Gai
    1-chōme-1-6 Kabukichō, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan

    End Point: Golden Gai Area

What To Expect

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.

Shinjuku Station East Exit Police Box

Let's meet there and to start! Share delicious memories with a knowledgeable, local and English speaking guide

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Accepts Single Travelers
  • Adults 20 years old and above only
  • Karaoke After Party available
  • Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case.
  • Dietary Restrictions Flexibility: Pescetarian and Vegetarian friendly
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

As with all my viator tours, I highly recommend this food tour.
The group was small so it was easy to maneuver through the streets.
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Yappy Time
Leonard_D, Aug 2022
We had a great time with our guide Yappy. He made the experience unforgettable and had a lot of knowledge of the history of each area and every food that we ate on the food tour. I highly recommend taking this tour if you want to explore the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.
Food tour
evelyn_f, 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!!!
Good intro to Shinjuku, and great guide!
Mona_T, 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
Had an amazing time with our guide...
MariaTheresa_C, Apr 2018
Had an amazing time with our guide Aiko and met people from around the world. I highly recommend this tour.
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!
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 !
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.
Tour guide Satoshi was very...
Poi Lin G, Aug 2017
Tour guide Satoshi was very informative about this tour.,He brought us to sushi marmiire for the most delicious sushi, Jonetsu horumon for BBQ Pork and lastly we had Local ramen which was so good ( where the locals eat ) . He even brought us to a Mini-Bar for a drink at Golden Gai. Loving it !!!!!!
Phantastische Tour durch Shinjuku
sportler57, May 2019
Diese Tour ist allen zu empfehlen, welche Tokio besuchen. Es werden nicht nur typische kulinarische Köstlichkeiten in ausgewählten Restaurants angeboten, sondern auch in unterhaltsamer Weise Leben, Sitten, Traditionen, Sprache, Informationen etc. über Japan, Tokio und den Menschen vermittelt . Unser guide allein ist schon dieses Tour wert-er versteht es wirklich ausgezeichnet in unnachahmlicher Art und Weise allen Tourteilnehmern Land und Leute näherzubringen. Wir haben Stellen besucht, die wir als "normale" Touristen nie zu sehen bekommen hätten. Wir sind mehr als satt geworden, nicht nur im Magen. Ich würde diese Tour noch einmal belegen.


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