Ultimate guide of the Unique Bar Alley “Golden Gai”

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Golden Gai (ゴールデン街) is a little dim and weird district, compared to the next red-light district Kabukicho. There are around 200 unique small bars including “snack” which is a tiny bar a female barkeeper “mama” usually runs.

The bars with unique mamas draw wide-ranged customers from actors to writers and photographers. It’s famous that many of them come back as regular customers.

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Golden Gai (ゴールデン街)

Golden Gai has developed as a drinking area since prostitution became illegal in 1958. Many of the bars have their original theme, for instance subculture and punk rock.

Please note that most bars require some charge (around JPY1,000) but it is not cheating.

Some bars in Golden Gai welcome foreign tourists. If you are worried about the unfamiliar area, take this local guide option↓↓

<<You can enjoy Shinjuku Nightlife with local people at Golden Gai!! See more details ;)>>

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