During the day merchants from nearby Kabukichō come to this Shintō shrine to pray for the solvency of their business ventures. At night,...
Bars here usually have a theme – from punk rock to photography – to draw customers with matching expertise and obsessions. Since regular...
Nagi has a handful of highly-rated shops around town, each dedicated to making a different style of noodles and broth. At this outpost...
Golden Gai information
This warren of tiny alleys was first a post-WWII black market, then a licensed quarter until prostitution was outlawed in 1958. The narrow two-storey wooden buildings remain the same, though they’re now filled with over a hundred closet-sized bars that seat no more than a dozen. Each is as unique and eccentric as the ‘master’ or ‘mama’ who runs it. That Golden Gai – prime real estate – has so far resisted the kind of development seen elsewhere in Shinjuku is a credit to these stubbornly bohemian characters.