Introduction to Shinjuku Golden Gai

Shinjuku Golden Gai is well-known as a bar area in Kabukicho (歌舞伎町), Shinjuku(新宿).

There are over 200 tiny shanty-style bars and clubs, which were built after World War 2. This area became famous because of its architectural interest and nightlife. Also Golden Gai is a meeting place for musicians, writers, actors and artists, so you could have Japanese sub-culture and underground out there.

Golden Gai, Shinjuku

Photo byBig Ben in Japan


However, due to unique cultural background of Golden Gai, some bars and clubs only welcome regular customers. Hence, you need to know which bars can accept non-regular customers and tourists. No worries, many of bars even try to attract tourist nowadays so you have plenty of choices. Today, we will recommend some bars where tourist can visit and enjoy.


My favorite place

After the Night


Photo by Takashi M


Before introducing those bars, we want to share some tips to enjoy Golden Gai.

  1. There will be entry charge for some bars. You might want to check the charge before visiting bars. Normally there is a sign that shows price of the charge in front of the bars.


  1. Each bar has only few seats and tables. Small group like 2-3 would be suitable to enjoy bars. Of course those bar welcome a person who wants to drink alone.


  1. There is a rumor that government plans to remove whole area of Golden Gai due to Tokyo Olympic in 2020. You should visit as soon as possible.


Recommended Bars


Music Salan Ace’s

Address: 1-1-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Note: No Charge / There is no bar’s signboard but look for “If you have a problem Askme!! I love English and you”, which is indicated on bar’s door.


Orange Oji

Address: 1-1-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Note: No Charge / If you are Shochu lover (liquor distilled from rice or sweet potato), this is the one you should go!


Bar Darling

Address: 1-1-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku

Note: Even only women can easily enter the bar as there are female permanent staff.