Want to know one of the best things to do in Tokyo? Go bar hopping in Golden Gai!

What

Located just East to the famous Shinjuku Station, Golden Gai is an array of small bars that’ll take you back in time to the 1960’s.

There are six alleys and most of them barely have space for two to walk at a time. On either side are around 200 compact bars that accommodate no more than 2 to 5. But modern bars are a bit more spacious with room for about 30.

Each club has its own theme from jazz, to movies, horse-racing, blues and more. These attract bargoers like moths to a flame.

Why

Engulfed by an architectural and cultural atmosphere, sip in a drink and chill your night off after a long day sightseeing the modern Tokyo.

Too many deep pockets making their ways into the Golden Gai have made the prices not cheap for everyone. But it could easily be substituted for the fun of the late night.

Frequented by celebrity artists, writers, musicians, directors and actors, you might as well get a free ticket to meet one of your favourites in person.

The best bars for bar hopping

Not all bars welcome visitors. It could sometimes be awkward to walk in and be waved off by a bartender who has already reserved his limited space for regular customers.

But you’re always welcomed by most bars, specially the ones displaying signs in English. This is an effort to attract visitors like you.

You can also drop by the golden spots of the Golden Gai – the Champion, Albatross, Zucca – to name a few.

 

Image credit – Igor Zeigerhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/igorzed/21452271213/in/dateposted-public/ Golden Gai alley, CC BY-SA 2.0

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