SHINJUKU

Neighborhood in Tokyo

Tokyo’s biggest and most lively entertainment area, home to three of the city’s largest nightlife destinations: Golden Gai (collection of streets/alleys lined with hundreds of microbars), Omoide Yokocho “Piss Alley” (a nostalgic Izakaya street), and Kabukicho (red light district & the Robot Show).

Golden Gai

No trip to Tokyo is complete without a bar crawl or visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A small area of narrow alleyways consisting of over 300 tiny bars one on top of the other. Each one is decked out with a different theme, vibe, and music - and only fits about 5 or 6 people inside. There traditional bars with sake bottles and beer, a hospital theme bar -Tachibana Shinsatsushitsu, a kitten bar with dozens of kittens just hanging out)- Pussycat, and a plastic model bar with tons of old-school plastic toys and figurines. Most of the bars open up around 7 pm and serve drinks late into the night for visitors from around the world and locals alike. It’s difficult to navigate or pinpoint which bars are the best, so its better to just get lost and explore!

**Most bars have a cover charge or bar minimum, so check the signs posted outside before sitting down.

 

BARS WE VISITED:

  • La Jetee: French cinema theme

  • The Pink Floyd Bar: Rock bar above Baltimore Bar

  • Albatross: beautiful multilevel bar with chandeliers and taxidermy

 

 

 

Omoide Yokocho

 

Robot Restaurant

This show came highly recommended by a number of people and was one of Anthony Bourdain’s essential Tokyo experiences. Let us tell you, in terms of an out-of-this-world crazy Tokyo experience, this just can’t be beat! Prepare yourself for a sensory overload of dancers, robots, elaborate costumes, and much, much more. Don’t try to make any sense of it, just have a good time. YOU SHOULD NOT EAT HEREgo only for the show and drinks.

**Reservations Required - BOOK HERE for discounted tickets

 

“Piss Alley”. …don’t be deterred by the name. Omoide Yokocho is a lantern-lined alleyway filled with street food, izakayas, and bars,—The perfect area to get a bite to eat after Golden Gai. It will make you feel as if you’re stepping back in time into another era of pre-war Tokyo. 

Yayoi Kusama Museum

5-story museum featuring the most famous and celebrated works of world-renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. 

WHERE TO EAT

Fūunji

tsukemen dip noodles - $

Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto Shinjuku 

spicy ramen in red broth- $

 

Menya Musashi Shinjuku

tsukemen & ramen - $


Abura Soba Shinjuku

soba noodles - $

 

Tsunahachi Shinjuku

tempura - $$

 

Tsukemen Gonokami Sesiakusho

tempura - $$

 

Flippers Stand NEWoMan

pancakes - $$

 

Gyukatsu Motomura

katsu, deep fried wagyu - $

 

Hayashi

yakitori - $$

 

Isetan Shinjuku

department store w/ food hall - $$

 

credit: Erick Lim

 

WHERE TO DRINK

Golden Gai

Iconic nightlife street where 300+ micro-bars sit on top of each other, each which fit no more 8 people inside!

 

Omoide Yokochō -"Piss Alley"

Old-school izakaya street - $

 

 

Arty Farty

Cheap drinks with an all-around fun vibe, dance club in the center of Tokyo’s gay scene (all visitors welcome)- $$
 

New York Bar

Inside Park Hyatt; incredible views of Tokyo; where Bill Murray drank Suntory whiskey in Lost in Translation- $$$$

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