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Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku

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


Seeking out the well-concealed back-alley bars of Tokyo's Shinjuku district is notoriously tricky for outsiders. Take the guesswork out of your trip on this guided tour that takes you barhopping to Izakaya bars in two different alleyways—a small group of no more than eight people means that you can easily access tiny bars with just a few seats. Between drinks and snacks (included) your guide shares insights into local culture in this atmospheric part of the city.
  • Visit hidden Shinjuku bars you'd never find alone
  • Small-group tour, limited to eight, ensures an intimate experience
  • Includes drinks and snack plates in a selection of bars
  • Get insights into local life and culture from your guide: No fear of committing etiquette mistakes

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • Hopping 3 local izakaya bars with a local guide
  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • UNIQLO Shinjuku Nishiguchi
      Japan, 〒160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishishinjuku, 1-chōme−1−1 新宿パレット B1-4F

      In front of Uniqlo Shinjuku Nishiguchi shop (Shinjuku West Exit Shop) Your guide will be holding a red/orange sign saying "Magical Trip"

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 15 years but only those who are 20 years or older can drink alcohol.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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.

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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 Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour 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
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour 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 Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku?

    A:The policies on social distancing are:
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Tour in Shinjuku?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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    Traveler Tips

    This was a 3 hour tour and though expensive found it interesting and well worth the money as Shin our guide was knowledgeable and other people on tour good company.
    We would've never found this alley on our own; it might have taken a few trips to Tokyo before we ever found this cool alley.
    309 reviews
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    Fun night and good food/drinks
    Gino_W, Mar 2020
    The tour was a lot of fun. The places we visited were very nice and the dishes and drinks were also very tasty. The tour guide also was able to give good recommendation of which drinks and dishes to try and was able to give a good atmosphere.
    Easy way to check out Tokyo nightlife
    Brigid_D, Feb 2020
    Great time. Interesting mix of bars and the "snacks' were both tasty and more than enough for a meal The tour guide and fellow participants were very friendly and lots of fun. It was a helpful way to experience the night scene.
    Awesome night tour
    jyilpet, Jan 2020
    I did this the first night in Tokyo to get an idea of th bar scene in Shinjuku. I ended up being the only person on the tour... Which was awesome! Got a private tour of Shinjuku at night. It was a great introduction to Shinjuku. I highly recommended this tour my guide Koki was great and so friendly. We shared a love of travel and he also went above and beyond to point out places!
    Izakaya Like a Local
    Christina_S, Jan 2020
    My husband watches a lot of YouTube of people traveling to different cities and eating in small, local eateries, where they don't have an English menu. That's what he wanted to do while we were in Tokyo and that was the kind of experience that he got on this tour. Our guide, Keina, was a young, hip 20-something local. She spoke very good English. She told us a lot about what life is like as a 20-something in Tokyo and what the culture is like. On our way to our first stop, she took us down an alley that was filled with small izakayas. We would've never found this alley on our own; it might have taken a few trips to Tokyo before we ever found this cool alley. While we didn't stop there on this tour, we went back ourselves the next night and ate at one of the izakayaa where they did have an English menu. Our first stop was a a yakitori izakaya. Our second stop was at a restaurant that offered more seafood options. Our last stop was at a sake bar. The amount of food doesn't sound like a lot, but we were all full after this tour. No one was hungry. We also felt like the amount of drinks we got were plenty of drinks. . I wouldn't have known where to start to find small local eateries, given the limited amount of time we had in Tokyo. Moreover, we would have had a very difficult time trying to order at any of the places we went to because they didn't have an English menu or a menu with pictures on it. It was definitely worth it to have a local guide us through the many restaurants of Tokyo!
    Super fun bar tour
    Leesa P, Dec 2019
    We had a great tour with Shiori. She was very friendly and energetic. She brought us to 3 different bars and had good food as well. She gave us wonderful recommendations on what to do in other areas of Tokyo as well as where to get good Ramen and sushi. She was an excellent guide.
    okyo Bar Hopping Tour in Shinjuku - Explore the hidden bars in food alleys
    Jennie_T, Dec 2019
    A very interesting food experience with a very nice tour guide. The tour guide took me to few good places that food were made differently from which I had known before.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Third time taking this tour
    Helmut_B, Nov 2019
    This is the third time taking this tour in Tokyo. Every time I visit it allows me an opportunity to get out to places that I would never find and have a local experience. Each time the tour leader has been great and I have enjoyed meeting a number of interesting people.
    Hidden bar tour
    neil_c, Oct 2019
    Shin was our host and he was superb. Took us to 3 different bars and the food was good and range of drinks nice. Some of places were we drank Sake at end was a great find and would go back. Would have been nice to have eaten in the smaller unique places but with numbers may not be possible. This was a 3 hour tour and though expensive found it interesting and well worth the money as Shin our guide was knowledgeable and other people on tour good company.
    Not worth it
    371sylviag, Sep 2019
    I was really surprised by how unmagical this tour was . The food was very average and the venues had no atmosphere. It actually almost felt like they just chose restaurants who really needed the money because they didn't have many other customers. Our guide was very lovely and sweet but unfortunately she wasn't able to get the group connecting well. lots of quiet awkward moments. I wouldn't recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, Sep 2019
    Hello, Thank you for joining our tour and taking the time out to leave us such a sincere feedback. We extend our sincerest apologies on behalf of our team for not being able to provide an experience that is good enough to reach your expectations. We are choosing bars/restaurant that are popular among locals to give our customers a local experience. And, the fact is the places you went to on the tour have good reputations on Japanese foodie website. So it’s very sad to hear you couldn’t enjoy the food. But, of course, we need to try to improve the quality of the tour to give the best experience to everyone taking this tour. So we appreciate your feedback and are trying to figure out how we should make our tours better right now. Magical Trip
    Cassie R, Mar 2019
    This tour was a great way to see the back streets of Tokyo and to make friends. It's so cool to start a tour with an awkward collection of strangers and to conclude the tour as friends.
    The best thing I've done in Tokyo...
    Fahad A, Jun 2018
    The best thing I've done in Tokyo. Miyabi who is our guide was absolutely lovely and helpful in addition she speaks English fluently. we went to many local places in different areas and experienced the food and drinks. I highly recommend this tour Especially with MIYABI who made even better.
    This was an awesome tour! My guide...
    Mona_S, Apr 2018
    This was an awesome tour! My guide Kei was very entertaining and professional. I felt totally comfortable traveling alone and then meeting up with this tour. All of the bars provided the local experience I was looking for. Be sure to bring about 50 USD with you for drinks and food at the bars. This tour does not include food and all of the bars expect you to try their food. If you're looking for a fun night out on the town in Shinjuku, this is the tour!
    What a great way to start our...
    sandra R, Mar 2018
    What a great way to start our holiday and great to get a understanding of the streets, people and the amazing food , Our guidesorry I forgot his name was amazing , Would highly recommend to anyone ,what a great night we had , we returned back to the these streets on our way home after we had seen the rest of Japan , make sure try the chicken mince Yakitori Yum and of course the Sake
    I had an awesome time! Our guide Ryo...
    Kevin S, Mar 2018
    I had an awesome time! Our guide Ryo was a super fun guy. We went to 3 different bars, and I could try many Japanese food and drinks. It was a great experience drinking with the local Japanese people. I highly recommend this for anyone to try!


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