Shinjuku Golden Gai Food Tour

Tokyo, Japan

03 hours 15 minutes
1 - 10 travelers
Booking notice
2 days
Standard price
RM 715.00

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We love this charming nightlife tour! You will get a chance to enjoy many kinds of sushi and yakitori (skewers) as well as classic RAMEN! (on everyone’s MUST TRY LIST) Throughout your adventure, you will have the chance to try different Japanese foods.

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04:45 PM

Meeting time frame


After exiting the JR East Exit gate, take the exit for Kabukicho. Our staff will be waiting in front of the Police Box (Koban) holding an “Arigato Japan” sign. There is a lot of walking on the tour so please wear comfortable shoes.

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to project the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

05:00 PM

Let's start the feast


Start your tour by walking through the busy streets of Shinjuku heading straight for Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) as our first stop. Omoide Yokocho is rightfully named as it is littered with rustic food stalls and bars from the 1950s. Anyone of the older generation will feel as if they stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. Many of these spots still stay true to their roots, serving roasted giblets with beef and pork, which was a staple when food was scarce after World War II. We will have a drink together and some skewers in one of the most charming parts of Tokyo; it will give you a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine mostly with locals. (Please NOTE this tour is for Adults over 20 years of Age).

From there we will make our way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest, yet safest, red light district. Learn more about this very famous area as your guide explains to you Japanese izakayas, the amazing world of karaokes and Robot restaurant as well as other hidden gems of Kabukicho. You will enjoy two delicious famous foods. First, Tonkotsu Ramen with a pork broth simmered for hours and hours delivering a very creamy, savoury taste! We will also explain the history, and manners for eating different types of ramen. Next we head to Golden Gai. You will sample some very local sushi that you will surely enjoy! We will end our tour with a ramble through the back drinking alleys at GoldenGai where you can continue on and choose the cozy bar of your choice.

As we wander in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood you can explore an area known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya, tiny bars, and pub-nightlife. A glimpse back to what Tokyo was like during the early and middle of the 20th century; Golden Gai venues are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Despite the run-down appearance, Golden Gai generally attracts well-off clientele and their prices match accordingly and has become one of the most expensive places to drink in the city. Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars where most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely packed nightlife area in the world, Golden Gai will be a glimpse of Tokyo you will never forget.

08:00 PM

End of feast

Travel notes

Tour Highlights:
- This tour has a wonderful “hidden gem” atmosphere.
- Try different local dishes at 4 food stops
- Enjoy Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique
izakaya (local pubs), tiny bars and pub nightlife.
- Get a chance to enjoy many kinds of sushi and yakitori (skewers) as well as a classic bowl of
delicious Ramen.
- Learn why this district is one of Japan’s most famous entertainment areas.

Dietary Restriction flexibility:
Pescetarian and Vegetarian friendly (with advanced notice at the time of booking) . Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.

Meet up point:
Red post box outside of the police station (Koban) in Shinjuku East Exit 新宿警察署 新宿駅東口交番

Take the JR Yamanote, JR Keihin-Tohoku or Yurakucho Subway Line to Yurakucho Station. Once you arrive, please take the Ginza Exit. Turn right from the Ginza Exit and go straight and you will see Hankyu on your left hand side. Or, take Hibiya Line and get off (Y18) – Hibiya Station D7 exit. If you have trouble, please show any staff this Kanji (Japanese) 有楽町駅の銀座出口 阪急百貨店. Our guide will be holding an Arigato Japan Sign, also there is a good deal of walking on our tour so please wear comfortable shoes.

3-38-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan
〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3丁目38−1

JR Yamanote, Saikyo Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line Odakyu Line and Keio Line -
East Exit (not Central East Exit), then exit for Kabukicho

End point:
Golden Gai Area

Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays,
weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in
this case.

This tour covers all food costs and 1 drink in our first food stop. We are able to take single traveler bookings for this tour. Please feel free to book directly and we will add you into an existing tour group.

Poor weather plan

On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.

Safety notices

Please let us know your email address and if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Where we will meet

Shinjuku Station East Exit Police Box, 3 Chome-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

How to get there

Standard price
RM 715.00 /Pax
No dates available
How to get there

After exiting the JR East Exit gate, take the exit for Kabukicho. Our staff will be waiting in front of the Police Box (Koban) holding an “Arigato Japan” sign. There is a lot of walking on the tour so please wear comfortable shoes.