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Shinjuku Golden Gai's Top 3 Stores

Shinjuku Golden Gai's Top 3 Stores

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Shinjuku Golden Gai has recently become popular with tourists due its retro atmosphere. We introduce our three favorite foreigner-friendly spots.

Translated by Ellyn Barnes

Written by yosuke sakurai

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When you visit Shinjuku, where do you go? The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building? Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden? How about the shopping precinct? There are many different things to see in this amazing city, but today we introduce to you our number one recommended tourist spot: Shinjuku Golden Gai.

What is Shinjuku Golden Gai?

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Shinjuku Golden Gai is an area in Kabukicho where rows upon rows of wooden-built bars and restaurants operate in extremely close quarters. It's a well-known watering hole for Japanese authors and actors, and has recently become popular with tourists due its retro atmosphere.

With this in mind, today we will introduce to you our three favorite foreigner-friendly spots.

Our Top Three!

1. Bar Araku

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Bar Araku is especially friendly towards foreign tourists. In fact, foreigners are exempt from paying the table charge - the cost of entering and sitting down in many bars and restaurants in Japan. You are also free to bring in your own snacks or food.

Here they serve an array of cocktails, from the classics to the more unusual - we ordered a Tequila Sunrise for ¥1,100. The bartender is incredibly friendly, so why not strike up a conversation as you enjoy your drink?

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2. One Coin Bar Champion

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As its name suggests, here at One Coin Bar Champion you can get a drink in exchange for a single ¥500 coin. What's more, inside you'll find entertainment in the form of Japanese cultural classic karaoke, which anyone can enjoy free of charge.

For those who don't know, karaoke is an incredibly popular past time in Japan. First, you pick the song you want on the machine, then sing along when the music starts. Whilst you drink, why not sing your heart out to your favorite artists?

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3. Kushiage Dongara-Gassyan

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Kushiage Dongara-Gassyan is famous for their - you guessed it - kushiage. These skewered and fried foods are much-loved by the Japanese as a snack to go with drinks and are definitely a must-try. Prices range from ¥150 to ¥220, depending on what exactly it is you want fried.

What's more, Dongara-Gassyan have their own original-recipe black sesame kushiage, where for an additional cost of just ¥20 you can add black sesame seeds to any kushiage. There's plenty of choice as far as regular kushiage goes, too, so you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.

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With so many fascinating places to go in Shinjuku Golden Gai, just one trip isn't enough! We hope you enjoy your visit, and find your own favorite store.

Information

Bar Araku

Address: 1-1-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 20:00–4:00
Open all year
Wi-fi available
Credit cards not accepted
Some English-speaking staff available
Menus in other languages available
Nearest Station(s): JR Shinjuku Station
Access: 10-min walk from Shinjuku Station, East Exit
Pricing: ¥2,000–3,000
Phone Number: +81(0)3-5272-1651
Official Facebook Page: Bar Araku (Japanese)

One Coin Bar Champion

Address: 1-1-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 18:00–5:00
Open all year
No wi-fi available
Credit cards not accepted
Some English-speaking staff available
Menus in other languages available
Nearest Station(s): JR Shinjuku Station
Access: 7-min walk from Shinjuku Station, East Exit
Pricing: ¥1,000–3,000
Phone: +81(0)3-5291-9333

Kushiage Dongara-Gassyan

Address: 3-4-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00–05:00 (Mon-Fri) 17:00–02:00 (Sun, public holidays)
Open all year
No wi-fi available
Credit cards not accepted
Nearest Station(s): JR Shinjuku Station
Access: 10-min walk from Shinjuku Station, East Exit
Pricing: ¥1,000–3,000
Phone Number: +81(0)3-3207-3718
Official Facebook Page: Kushiage Dongara-Gassyan (Japanese)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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