Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku

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From $188.00

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Tokyo, Tokyo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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).

What's Included

4 Food Stops

Local Guide

One drink included

What's Not Included

Food and drink, unless specified


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation costs

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 20 - 80

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Dietary Restrictions Flexibility: Pescetarian and Vegetarian friendly
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Karaoke After Party available
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Adults 20 years old and above only
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

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

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Samurai Museum
Samurai Museum

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Robot Restaurant
Robot restaurant

• Admission Ticket Free

Hanazono Shrine
Hanazono Shrine

• Admission Ticket Free

Shinjuku Golden Gai
Ending Point - Araku Bar (Golden Gai)

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great tour
Chris B, 31-12-2022
Was a really interesting tour with a mixture of foods and facts. Accommodated a few changes along the way to make sure we got the most from it
Going into an izakaya and...
Andy_H, 27-11-2022
Going into an izakaya and the Golden Gai with Norma because it solved any intimidation we felt. Not sure we have would have chosen to go up some stairs with red shag carpet on the walls by ourselves but it lead us to an amazing bar experience. Great places to visit, great food.
Food Tours
ianpP4435AG, 04-10-2022
during my trip I requested the travel agent book me food tours, and they provided me with food tours in Golden Gai, and Osaka, these were carried out by Arigata Japan, the Golden Gai tour by Alex, and Osaka by Ike, the Golden Gai tour nearly ended in disaster when I got completely lost and failed to make the rendezvous point in time, fortuantly i was able to contact the company who were able to send Alex back to find me, both guides were friendly and took me round a number of eateries in the area, as well as pointing out local points of interest
Yappy Time
Leonard_D, 14-08-2022
We had a great time with our guide Yappy. He made the experience unforgettable and had a lot of knowledge of the history of each area and every food that we ate on the food tour. I highly recommend taking this tour if you want to explore the Shinjuku area of Tokyo.
Fantastic time in Shinjuku
791wesw, 06-08-2022
My wife and I had a lovely time touring Shinjuku with our guide Norma. She was super knowledgeable about the area and its colorful history and took us to some great eating spots and bars for some delicious and authentic Japanese street food. Definitely a highlight of our trip, thank you Norma!

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