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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.


  • 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.

*Please note: in 2017, the meeting point will change to the Tokyo Tourist Information Center in Shinjuku.

Customer Reviews

Leisa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fun and informative night tour. We loved the drinks upstairs at a local small bar and the guide had excellent knowledge of the area. I would suggest this for something different to do in Tokyo.

Jason C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The guide Anne was very friendly, extremely fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area of the tour. She took us throught the maze of Shinjuku and Kabukicho, which to be honest would have been quite overwhelming without her as a guide. Although the tour said no food or drink would be included, we actually were provided with squid balls wonderful seafood delight in Japan, fantastic to see them made and at the Golden Gai bar stop, a drink, very good value.
All in all, although this trip costs just over US50 per person, it is a wonderful tour for memories as the tour takes in all the sights you would possibly not see with a very knowledgeable guide who explains all aspects of the area.

shaun o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide so very easy to talk to and full of knowledge. We actually ended up hanging out with the other people that booked the tour ended up being an awesome night!

Richard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great time on the tour. Our tour guide was great and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting Shinjuku for the first time

Daisy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour conducted by our english guide was very polite and knew her way around. Recommend this tour if your ever in Japan.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Highly recommend this tour for those who are interested in finding out more about this bustling city and do not have the energy to do so yourselves. The host was delightful - informative and enviously energetic as are most Japanese. Even though it was a crush of people on a Saturday evening we did not rush at any stage, the tour even extended for nearly an hour longer.

Ross M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a fantastic tour around Tokyo with a local who knew a lot about his city and a lot about the history of Japan.
I am glad I did this tour - I learned a lot about Japanese culture and saw some parts of the city I would have missed if I walked around alone.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guides were wonderful. We walked all over - into a department stsore - through a temple - into a tiny bar for a drink - walked through Drunkard's Alley. They ghlped me buy a ticket for the Metro and made sure I got on the right train to return to my hotel. I loved this tour.


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

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