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Kabukicho

Kabukicho

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The Basics

Filled with a seemingly never-ending throng of people—from groups of local businessmen to wide-eyed tourists—Kabukicho is a fun, noisy, and unique place. With themed bars and “love hotels”, it’s not a place to come with kids, but grown-ups will be entertained by the bright lights and kitschy entertainment on offer, from arcades packed with pinball machines (known as Pachinko Parlours) to souvenir shops selling all manner of items.

Kabukicho’s Robot Restaurant is known throughout the world and attracts visitors from all over. Here, diners sit down to eat while an intense high-octane, high-color music and dance show takes over the restaurant floor. It’s an experience that’s impossible to forget. Many visitors choose to navigate the Kabukicho district with a guide or as part of a tour to take the guesswork out of the experience.

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Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
$186.35 per adult
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Food tour
This tour was wonderful. Food was great. Ryan made the tour fun and his knowledge about food & traditions just enhanced the experience. I would recommend this tour especially with Ryan as your guide!!!
evelyn_f, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

star-5
Fantastic 90 minutes
Cat_D, Feb 2020
Shinjuku Kabukicho evening highlight walking Tour
Tak was a fantastic guide. Great orientation to the area and very knowledgeable. We covered all the big ticket items in 90 minutes and then stayed on to eat and explore on our own. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great Tour!
Curious25552875037, May 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
This tour was a great introduction to Japan and the Japanese food culture. Satoshi was a fantastic guide and he took us to some amazing spots in Memory Lane and Golden Gai where the food was delicious and plentiful! He was also very knowledgable about the history of Japanese food and the different places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour! Satoshi, arigato gozaimashita!
star-5
Best of everything
aw703tonia, Sep 2018
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Sean was an excellent host and guide. The food was in small portions but each piece was better than the last piece. It was 5 in my group and a couple, who were from my hometown of Washington DC, so we were quite the eclectic group. As with all my viator tours, I highly recommend this food tour. Especially if you enjoy fresh fresh sushi!!!
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Shinjuku Food Tour
Brent M, Jan 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
Alex, thanks for the great tour! We enjoyed the company, food, and education. Our family's third trip to Japan, and still learning. We like to use food tours as a way to scope out the food scene in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the Izakaya, Sushi Restaurant, and Golden Gai bar we went to with Alex. We will definitely use Arigato Tours again!
star-5
Yummy food and great tips
alexisf315, Dec 2018
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
We went on 10-10-18 and Lora was our guide. It was a lot of fun. We did the Shibuya tour on our last trip. And this one was also great. It’s a good idea to do it in the beginning of your trip so that you have some food ideas to explore. Our host was Lora. She shared some great tips, was easy to talk to, and took pictures of us. This tour is worth it to learn some cool things and eat yummy food!
star-5
Good intro to Shinjuku, and great guide!
Mona_T, May 2019
Kabukicho Izakaya Food Tour and Golden Gai Experience in Shinjuku
We had Ryu as our guide and he was fantastic! The group was small so it was easy to maneuver through the streets. He had lots of cultural information about the area and the food we were tasting. Ryu ordered and paid for everyone at each stop and always asked what our preferences were individually. We started at an Izakaya place with delicious grilled skewers and a cold beer, then on to a ramen place, followed by a sushi restaurant. The sushi restaurant allowed smoking inside which I didn’t care for but locals and businessmen were dining there so you got the full cultural experience. I missed the last bar stop for drinking because I had to leave but I got a nice follow up message the next day from Ryu. We had also stopped at Don Quixote and he he gave us a rundown of the highlights of the store. I really had a lot of food to eat and felt Ryu cared about our enjoyment.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pre-book for the Robot Restaurant in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • While Kabukicho is reasonably safe, it’s a good idea to visit the area with other people—guided walking tours are one way to experience the area as part of a group.
  • The legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old.
  • Many bars and restaurants in the area are cash-only.
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How to Get There

The Kabukicho entertainment district is located in Shinjuku in downtown Tokyo. The closest station is JR Shinjuku—head to the East Major Exit and you’ll be a short walk from Kabukicho.

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When to Get There

Kabukicho is best visited at night when the bars fill with people and the hundreds of neon signs light up. Keep your wits about you and be wary of people trying to aggressively encourage you to visit their establishment—you might end up paying over the odds for food and drink.

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Wildcard

Visit Shinjuku’s Gyoen National Garden For something to do in Shinjuku during daylight hours, head to the Gyoen National Garden, a tranquil park with pools and pleasant walking paths. The park was established in 1772 when Tokyo was still known as Edo. It’s one of the most popular places to go in the city during hanami, or cherry blossom season (late March).

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