Shinjuku Food Tour with Kabukicho and Golden Gai

Food, Wine & Nightlife in Tokyo

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Enjoy an izakaya tour with food at one of Tokyo's most popular spots. Go back in time and see Shinjuku's Drunkards Alley (Nonbeiyokocho) with small bars from the 50's. Make your way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest and safest red light district. Learn more about this very famous area as your guide explains to you Japanese izakayas, the amazing world of karaokes and Robot restaurant as well as other hidden gems of Kabukicho.  You will get a chance to enjoy many kinds of sushi and yakitori (skewers) as well as classic RAMEN! (on everyone’s MUST TRY LIST) Throughout your adventure you will have the chance to try 10 different Japanese foods.
Start your tour by walking through the busy streets of Shinjuku heading straight for Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) as your first stop. Omoide Yokocho is rightfully named as it is littered with rustic bars from the 1950s. Anyone of the older generation will feel as if they stepped back in time to the middle of the 20th century.  Many of these bars still stay true to their roots, serving roasted giblets with beef and pork, which was a staple when food was scarce after World War II. You'll head to a place where you can experience grilling your own meat  and vegetables, it will give you a very authentic feeling of Japan as you dine mostly with locals.From there you'll make your way to Kabukicho, Asia’s largest, yet safest, red light district. Here, you'll learn more about this very famous area as your guide explains to you japanese izakayas, the amazing world of karaokes and Robot restaurant as well as other hidden gems of Kabukicho. You will enjoy two delicious foods including Tonkotsu - a delicious pork simmered for hours and hours delivering a very creamy and savory taste. Your guide will also explain the history, manners to eat and different versions of ramen.Before heading to Golden Gai, enjoy an amazing sushi experience, where you'll sample some very local sushi that you will surely enjoy. Afterwards, move into Shinjuku’s Golden Gai neighborhood known for being Tokyo’s most popular spot for unique izakaya - bar stall and pub nightlife. Get a glimpse which will take you back to what Tokyo was like during the early and middle of the 20th century. Golden Gai locations are so densely packed you can almost be in two places at once (one foot in each). Despite its run-down appearance, Golden Gai generally attracts well-off clientele and their prices match accordingly with it being one of the most expensive places to drink in the city.  Golden Gai is filled with over 200 small pubs, stalls, and karaoke bars where most are only big enough for five to seven people. Boasting the most densely packed nightlife area in the world, unique in every stall measured in inches rather than feet, Golden Gai will be a glimmer of Tokyo you will never forget, where you'll enjoy a cool drink in this historic place. This tour covers all food costs including 1 drink in Golden Gai.

What’s included

  • Local Guide
  • One drink included
  • 10 Different dishes at 4 Food Stops
  • Walking Level moderate

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink, unless specified


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • Dinner included