Golden Gai - Best back alley Yokocho in Shinjuku Tokyo

When you come to Golden Gai at night, you will find innumerable small bars stretching along the narrow streets welcoming for your arrival.  The area is not completely modernized and you may find some sceneries of the good old times of Tokyo which is definitely something worth to see. Though, when you come to Golden Gai where some of the foreigners may find such narrow and dark streets intimidating sometimes, you just need to be brave enough and walk in your chosen bar.  Most of the bars charge you the entrance fee of about 1,000 yen and the drinks are not that cheap, so consider you are paying for the unique experience in a unique place.  You might end up drinking with some locals when you are in a bar since the room is really small, but that is also part of fun. 

Picture Guide to the Restaurant

・Total distance: 550m, 7 mins (on foot)

・Starting Point : JR Shinjuku Station, East Entrance

・Steps to follow : 1 - 13

Let's start your way from Shinjuku Station, East Entrance.  

1. This is the East Entrance ticket gate.  After you come out from the gate, follow the arrow.  

2. You will find stairs to your left in less than 20 meters from the ticket gate.  Go upstairs by following the arrow.  

3. This is how Shinjuku East Entrance looks.  Follow the arrow to the RIGHT.  

3. This is how Shinjuku East Entrance looks.  Follow the arrow to the RIGHT.  

4. Walk straight until you reach the intersection.  

6. Walk straight for about 100m until you reach the big intersection.  

7. When you get to the intersection, cross the street and make a right turn.  

8. After making a right turn, go straight for about 250 meters until you find Lawson (the convinient store) to your left.  

9. When you find Lawson to your left, be ready to make a left turn at the next coming street.  

10. Make a left turn here.  

11. Go straight ahead this street for about 80m.  You find the signboard that says Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街) to your left.  

12. When you find the signboard of Shinjuku Golden Gai written in Japanese (新宿ゴールデン街), that is the area you are about to stroll around.  

13. Here is the entrance to Shinjuku Golden Gai.  


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