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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

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$149

Experience Tokyo’s bustling culinary back streets and try several delicious Japanese foods: sushi, yakitori (skewers), as well as classic RAMEN! (on everyone’s MUST TRY LIST).

Start by walking through Omoide Yokocho. Filled with rustic food stalls and bars from the 1950s, you will feel as if you stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. We will have a drink together and some skewers in one of the most charming parts of Tokyo; giving you a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine with locals.

Then we will make our way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest yet safest, red-light district. Learn more about this famous area as your guide explains Japanese izakaya culture, the amazing world of karaoke bars and the famous Robot restaurant, as well as other hidden gems. You will enjoy Ramen before we head to a local sushi restaurant. We will end our tour with a ramble through the back drinking alleys at Golden Gai (Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique tiny bars, and pub-nightlife).
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Accepts Single Travelers
- Adults 20 years old and above only
- Karaoke After Party available
- 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.
- Not recommended for Vegans
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Pescetarian and Vegetarian friendly
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Shinjuku Station East Exit Police Box, 3-chōme-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan

Let's meet there and to start! Share delicious memories with a knowledgeable, local and English speaking guide

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Omoide Yokocho, 1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0023 Tokyo Prefecture

Discover a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine with locals, and learn about one of Japan’s most famous entertainment areas.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Godzilla Head, 1-chōme-18-8 Kabukichō, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0021, Japan

Try different local and seasonal dishes at 4 different food stops (yakitori, ramen, sushi...)

Duration: 2 minutes

Pass By: Robot Restaurant, 1-7-1 Kabukicho B2f, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

Robot restaurant

Stop At: Shinjuku Golden Gai, 1-1-6, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture

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. Golden Gai venues are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars. Most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely populated nightlife area in the world, Golden Gai will be a glimpse of Tokyo you will never forget.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Hanazono Shrine, 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022 Tokyo Prefecture

Hanazono Shrine

Departure:

Departure point:

Shinjuku Station East Exit Police Box, 3-chōme-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan

Departure time:

5:00 PM

Duration:

3 hours

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Terms and Conditions:

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


Reviews:

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Evelyn f

This tour was wonderful. Food was great. Ryan made the tour fun and his knowledge about food and traditions just enhanced the experience.
I would recommend this tour especially with Ryan as your guide!!!

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Mona T

We had Ryu as our guide and he was fantastic! The group was small so it was easy to maneuver through the streets. He had lots of cultural information about the area and the food we were tasting. Ryu ordered and paid for everyone at each stop and always asked what our preferences were individually. We started at an Izakaya place with delicious grilled skewers and a cold beer, then on to a ramen place, followed by a sushi restaurant. The sushi restaurant allowed smoking inside which I didn’t care for but locals and businessmen were dining there so you got the full cultural experience. I missed the last bar stop for drinking because I had to leave but I got a nice follow up message the next day from Ryu. We had also stopped at Don Quixote and he he gave us a rundown of the highlights of the store. I really had a lot of food to eat and felt Ryu cared about our enjoyment.

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Chris D

This tour was a great introduction to Japan and the Japanese food culture. Satoshi was a fantastic guide and he took us to some amazing spots in Memory Lane and Golden Gai where the food was delicious and plentiful! He was also very knowledgable about the history of Japanese food and the different places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour! Satoshi, arigato gozaimashita!

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Brent

Alex, thanks for the great tour! We enjoyed the company, food, and education. Our family's third trip to Japan, and still learning. We like to use food tours as a way to scope out the food scene in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the Izakaya, Sushi Restaurant, and Golden Gai bar we went to with Alex. We will definitely use Arigato Tours again!

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Toni

Sean was an excellent host and guide. The food was in small portions but each piece was better than the last piece. It was 5 in my group and a couple, who were from my hometown of Washington DC, so we were quite the eclectic group. As with all my viator tours, I highly recommend this food tour. Especially if you enjoy fresh fresh sushi!!!

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Maria Theresa C

Had an amazing time with our guide Aiko and met people from around the world. I highly recommend this tour.

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Steve D

Great Experience. Tour guide was cool and helpful. Visited a number of spots we'll want to check out on our next trip to Japan. Would definitely reccommend!

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Erick A

This was a really cool experience. Our guide was nice enough to wait until we found the meet up location then proceeded to show us a side of Tokyo we wouldn't normally experience along with cool restaurants to try different foods. We'd definitely do this again.

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Poi Lin G

Tour guide Satoshi was very informative about this tour.,He brought us to sushi marmiire for the most delicious sushi, Jonetsu horumon for BBQ Pork and lastly we had Local ramen which was so good ( where the locals eat ) . He even brought us to a Mini-Bar for a drink at Golden Gai. Loving it !!!!!!

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JOHN W

Great tour of the old part of the city . Guide Asami was very friendly and informative.
The location is interesting with very small bars and very minimal guests
Was a good way to start off our Tokyo trip, would reccomend to others !


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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Overview:

Experience Tokyo’s bustling culinary back streets and try several delicious Japanese foods: sushi, yakitori (skewers), as well as classic RAMEN! (on everyone’s MUST TRY LIST).

Start by walking through Omoide Yokocho. Filled with rustic food stalls and bars from the 1950s, you will feel as if you stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century. We will have a drink together and some skewers in one of the most charming parts of Tokyo; giving you a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine with locals.

Then we will make our way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest yet safest, red-light district. Learn more about this famous area as your guide explains Japanese izakaya culture, the amazing world of karaoke bars and the famous Robot restaurant, as well as other hidden gems. You will enjoy Ramen before we head to a local sushi restaurant. We will end our tour with a ramble through the back drinking alleys at Golden Gai (Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique tiny bars, and pub-nightlife).

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$149

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