Shinjuku is known for being one of the main shopping, business, and entertainment districts in Tokyo. It is also home to the busiest train station in the world. Shinjuku station helps transport over 2 million people every day! Shinjuku also has a buzzing nightlife. There is nowhere that shows this off better than Golden Gai, which is what I’m talking about today.
Golden Gai is a small nightlife district located in Shinjuku packed with over 200 small bars and clubs!
By the way, when I say small, I mean only enough space for a few people!
If you want a more rustic, original Japanese night out, definitely try this place out.
So What is this Place Exactly?
“Golden Gai” means “Golden District” in Japanese, but this it’s actually anything but. It’s one of the few areas in Tokyo that hasn’t been re-developed and has remained edgy and buzzing.
Like I said, there are hundreds of tiny bars and places to eat. There are also guys advertising dance clubs too.
Each of these small bars offers something different and unique, whether it’s a special drink, karaoke or unbelievably strange decor.
Since most of these places really are tiny, lots will likely be full, but since there are so many, you’re bound to find one that’s just right!
What To Look Out For
There are a few things that are worth knowing before coming here and some stuff you should look out for.
The first is to make sure you check the signs on the door before going in. Some bars only allow regular customers to enter and will refuse to serve you. Others will let foreigners in, but for a charge (usually around ¥1000, or $10). Other bars do the same thing but for Japanese people.
Either way, this information should be on the signs on the door to the bar.
Don’t worry! With over 200 bars, there are plenty that allows anyone in and you can still have an awesome experience!
All in all, I would absolutely recommend this. If you are looking for a really cool and original experience on your nights out, Golden Gai is definitely the place for you!
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