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Evening Food Tour of Golden Gai in Shinjuku

Golden Gai

See the beguiling grungier side of Tokyo at night as you eat your way through Shinjuku. Literally stroll down memory lane at Omoide Yokocho, head over to Kabukicho and enjoy the somewhat ramshackle but buzzing clusters of bars in Golden Gai.

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Experience the nostalgia of the Showa Era (mid-20th century) and drink and dine with mostly locals for a truly unique and memorable gastronomic experience in Tokyo.

Many establishments in Omoide Yokocho (literally 'memory lane' in English, but also fondly called 'Piss Alley' for the staggering number of bars and drinking places dotted around) and Golden Gai ('Golden District') remain just as they were in the 1950s in both atmosphere and menu style. Despite Golden Gai's derelict and grimy appearance, it surprisingly draws a fair share of wealthy patrons and regulars and is one of the most expensive areas to drink in Tokyo!

Kabukicho, Asia's largest red light district, has a bustling nightlife which leads to an almost palpable frenetic energy in the atmosphere.

Get a taste of authentic Japanese dining as you try 10 different dishes at 4 food stops in some of the hundreds of tiny bars, izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) and eateries littered around these vibrant neighborhoods of Shinjuku.

The sheer number of establishments, some only big enough for less than 8 people, can be overwhelming to try and explore on your own. Leave the hard work, navigation and explanations to your guide and focus on the fun stuff—drinking, eating and soaking up the authentic Japanese atmosphere, a far cry from the usual tourist fare!

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  • Duration: 3.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
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  • Inclusion: Meal (refer to the details in the schedule) / English-speaking guide / 1 drink
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  • 16:45 Meet at the Police Box near the JR East Exit for Kabukicho
  • 17:00 Tour Departure
  • Omoide Yokocho
    goldengaifoodtour.50_0 Omoide Yokocho ("memory lane") offers a nostalgic look back at post-World War II Tokyo. Many bars have been around the area since that time and stay true to their mid-20th-century atmosphere. Start off your foodie tour with a drink, some yakitori (chicken skewers) and a dose of fond nostalgia.
  • Kabukicho
    sanpou_tonkotsu_ramen_640 Don't let Kabukicho's reputation as a red light district intimidate you! Venture to the lively neighborhood and try some tonkotsu ramen (noodles in pork broth) and one more famous Japanese dish. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere and learn about the area's hidden gems from your guide.
  • Golden Gai
    goldengaifoodtour.50_0 Finally, head to the Golden Gai area where you will find clusters of izakaya and pubs. The area also has a 1950s feel but boasts a more expensive range of drinks and food belying its grungy facade. End the tour with some fresh local sushi then choose to continue on to a bar of your picking.
  • 20:00 Tour Ends in Golden Gai
    • People 20 years old and above can participate in this activity.
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    • Additional meals and drinks not listed in the inclusions are not included in the tour fare.
    • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late after the meeting time, you will not be able to join the tour. Guests who do not show up for the tour or who arrive late do not qualify for a refund. Please check the cancellation policy below for further information.
    • It is not possible to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you have missed the start of the tour.
    • Please note that VELTRA and the tour provider will not be liable for any theft or loss of property, as well as bodily harm or injury. Please exercise due caution.
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  • Any cancellations made between 21:00 local time, 7 business days to 21:00 local time, 4 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 21:00 local time, 4 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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by: B and L, Australia
We had a highly enjoyable experience on the evening food tour Golden Gai Shinjuku. Our guide Norma was excellent. She chose some great food destinations and was very helpful in explaining Japanese foo...more
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Evening Food Tour of Golden Gai in Shinjuku