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Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience

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Shinjuku City, Japan
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Wander the neon-lit alleys of Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Kabuchiko areas after dark on this nocturnal adventure with a guide. Your visit to these two intriguing Tokyo neighborhoods, among Tokyo’s busiest for food and nightlife, allows 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.
  • Explore the small alleys and lanes of Golden Gai Street and stop by an izakaya, Japanese-style bar, for a complimentary drink
  • Walk through the candlelit Hanazono Shrine
  • Hear the risqué stories of the Kabukicho red light district
  • See the historic wooden shacks of Omoide Yokocho
  • See the department stores catering to the latest trends and subculture fashion

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See the historic Suehirotei Vaudeville Theater and Shinjuku’s shopping and entertainment areas.
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English-speaking guide
1 drink at an izakaya (Japanese-style bar) (olnly for over 20 years old)
1 non-alcoholic drink for under 20 years old.
Food
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Keio Plaza Hotel, 2 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Departure Time

5:20 PM

Return Details

Omoide Yokocho, 1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
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. Stop by an izakaya, Japanese -style bar, and enjoy 1 complimentary drink. 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. Your tour concludes back at the Keio Plaza Hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hanazono Shrine
It is considered the most important shrine of Shinjuku, the shrine guarding the area, its inhabitants, merchants, craftsmen and artists.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Shinjuku Golden Gai
Shinjuku Golden Gai is famous both as an area of architectural interest and for its nightlife. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateries are squeezed into this area.
Pass By:  
Omoide Yokocho
Omoide Yokocho is one of the most famous areas of old-fashion back alleys (yokocho alleys) in all of Japan. You'll find plenty of tourists there, as well as businessmen and women converging into the ramshackle zone of cheap bars and eateries before heading back to their homes late at night. At least exploring a little this area should be on your top list of things to do in Shinjuku.
Stop At:  
Kabukicho District
Kabukicho is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku and often called the "Sleepless Town".
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Shinjuku Suehirotei
Shinjuku suehirotei is a famous vaudeville theater in Tokyo which hosts rakugo events.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A small amount of walking is involved approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km)
  • Infant are free of charge provided no food and drink included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • As you walk the place with many people, please follow the instructions of the guide by all means.
  • By a weather condition or the business situation of the visit point, the order of visit point and trips may be changed.
  • Please note that there is not the non-smoking section to the bar.
  • During the tour, the group will drop by a bar at Golden Gai and have a drink. Aside from that, all food and drink costs are not included in the price of the tour.
  • According to Japanese law, customers under 20 years of age are not allowed to drink alcohol. Orders will be accepted for non-alcoholic drinks only.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

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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 Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience?
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
See all safety measures taken by Evening Tour of Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai with Bar Experience.

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Reviews

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Shinjuku Tour
PageFoley
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide Joe was so knowledgeable about the Shinjuku region and he had a great sense of humour. He was able to answer our many questions. We saw so many things and discovered treasures hidden down alleys, which we would never have found ourselves. It allowed us to go back the next day to areas we really liked and explore more. The tour was about 90 mins, so not too long
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Joe is a great guide
Hayley R
, Oct 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour as Joe made it comfortable and relaxed. He is very knowledgeable and pleasant. Must try!!
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Marimou our guide was superb!
ThomasGradgrind
, Oct 2019
We had a fascinating tour with excellent context added on everything from WW2 to Shinto temple protocols, Love hotels to the 200 bar golden gai street and excellent restaurant background information! William and Tom
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Wonderful experience
Mohammad Umar P
, Apr 2019
Our tour guide was wonderful, friendly, and knowledgeable. He even went out of his way to make sure I was able to get on the right train back to my hotel!
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Shinjuku after dark.
GoPlaces268912
, Dec 2018
Highly recommend! Especially enjoyed the food alleys and tiny bars in the Golden Gai and the Hanazono Shinto Shrine. Joe was our guide who spoke excellent English.
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Evening walk
ianwbo
, Jun 2018
It was a nice evening and I walk around Shinjuku with a guild that was very knowledgable about the area and very entertaining,and he was even kind enough to show use how the subway work 🤗.
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Small group, had an amazing time. Saw...
Elo E
, Jun 2018
Small group, had an amazing time. Saw back streets and learned alot about the culture.
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I couldn't find the group at the...
James B
, Apr 2018
I couldn't find the group at the posed destination, could not contact them, no call from them either, very disappointing I missed the tour. And, no follow up.
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The tour was listed as starting at...
neggme
, Mar 2018
The tour was listed as starting at 5:30pm, but to be 10 minutes early. I arrived just a few minutes before 5:30 and waited and searched around the designated meeting point on the 3F of the Shinjuku bus terminal near the tourist information area. I didn't see anyone, so thinking I had the wrong spot, I walked around the area. I finally called the tour group and I was informed that the group had already left, and that the tour started at 5:20. The rep said he would provide my phone number to the tour guide who would call me back, but never did. If the tour starts at 5:20, then this should be updated in the description. I was very disappointed.
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The Japanese night life and...
Robert P
, Dec 2017
The Japanese night life and interaction was a bit of a revelation love hotels, hosts available for both genders, robot restaurant etc Tour guide did a little bit extra by going into one of the small bars and buying a drink and she also made us try the octopus ball snack.
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