Golden Gai

Golden Gai information

Location
Tokyo , Japan
Getting there
Train: JR Yamanote Line to Shinjuku, east exit
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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.