Shinjuku Golden Gai

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What is Shinjuku Golden Gai?

Shinjuku Golden Gai is a nightlife district in Shinjuku ward. Few alleys of about 70 meters are arranged side by side and more than 200 food and drink shops are densely packed along the streets. Shinjuku Golden Gai began after World War II when a black market and nightlife area opened around Shinjuku station. After that, it moved to its current location. Many of the buildings themselves were built in the 1950s or later and it is a valuable place for preserving the image of that era. While it was once known as a place where cultural figures gather because of the many writers, photographers, theater figures, editors and others who passed through, now young proprietors have increased and it has become a popular nightlife spot for young people.

Shop Characteristics

Because there are 200 shops packed in, each shop has only a counter and most shops are small in scale so they are not suitable for large groups of people. When going as a group, please look at the shop and before you decide.

Also, to preserve the atmosphere of each individual shop there are various business styles, such as shops where you cannot enter if you do not have an introduction. At basically all shops, there is a cover charge of between 500 yen and 1000 yen. Some shops have no cover charge so if you are concerned please check before entering. Many shops have the charge posted on signs outside and recently, languages other than Japanese are increasing to create an environment where it is easy to go in even if you can’t understand Japanese.

However, there are cases in which some stores that solicit or call out may request a price that is not worth the value, so you should negotiate the price in advance or be careful not to approach such shops.


The nearest station is JR Shinjuku Station or Shinjuku San-chome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line and Fukutoshin line, or the Toei Shinjuku line. It’s about a 5 minute walk from the station.

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Sights Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街)
Address 1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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