Guided tour

Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

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Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights Nightlife Tour

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With over 100,000 restaurants and bars to choose from, picking where to eat and drink in Tokyo is a deliciously overwhelming challenge. This evening walking tour takes you drinking and snacking through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy happy hour at a Japanese izakaya-style eatery
  • Stroll through Tokyo’s most popular alleyway full of food, snacks and bars
  • Learn how Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s red light district, became home to over 3.000 shops, bars and restaurants
  • Have drinks in one of Golden Gai’s cosy bars that seat only eight people at a time
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

Head to Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment area, and join locals as you grab a bite and a drink on a walking tour in the evening. Taste local flavors as you try different drinks and snacks, learning about the area from your local guide along the way.

Kick off your evening at a Japanese izakaya-style gastropub for their happy hour. As this is a favorite pastime of many Japanese, spend some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tour mates over drinks and snacks.

Then, meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different type of food joints locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars.

If you'd like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho is a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with local businessmen. See how they unwind after working hours.

Later on, reach Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and karaoke. Awash in bright neon lights, Kabukicho is one of Tokyo’s most photogenic areas. With streets filled with people and music blaring from every corner, you are sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho. End your evening in Golden Gai, a compact neighborhood full of tiny bars that can usually only seat six to eight people at a time. It is here in Shinjuku’s most popular drinking spot where you will stumble upon one of your guide’s favorite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks.

From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel, your next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends.

Includes
  • Local guide
  • Assorted skewered snacks
  • Two drinks (sake, beer, etc.)
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Shinjuku Sanchome Station, exit C8, in front of the BYGS Building. Shinjuku Sanchome Station is accessible by three subway lines: Toei Subway Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

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Know before you go

  • All drinking establishments allow smoking and do not include separated areas
  • Casual dress code is suitable
  • Travelers under 20 years of age are not allowed to join this tour
  • The tour group can include a maximum of 8 people
  • Effective September 1, 2021, travelers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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What makes me know I'll remember this tour for the rest of my life was not so much the substance of the tour but the people comprising the tour group itself (guide included). Ayaka is an amazing, down to earth guide. She along with my fellow tourists became, somehow, seasoned drinking buddies by the end of the tour. Don't be shy or anti social. Get to know your guide and your fellow tourists around the table and I can almost guarantee you'll have a great night. Also, if you end up at Bar Araku, look up at the ceiling for the purple 100 PHP bill that has a little quip about "envelopes" and know you are staring at evidence of an amazing night by all whose initials dawn that bill.

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December 20, 2019

Our tour guide was amazing and showed us many cool areas of Shinjuku. This is a good tour for relaxing at the end of a long or busy day. Kyoko was our guide. So friendly with a great spirit. Enjoyed the group for the awesome experience, laughs and memories. I highly recommend this tour while visiting Tokyo.

April 14, 2019

Historically and Culturally Interesting

Our guide was awesome. She was very knowledgeable on the history of the area and all the best places to eat and drink even for us as vegetarians. This was our third visit to Tokyo and we still learnt and saw a lot we hadn’t previously. Definitely recommend this one.

April 22, 2018

Product ID: 124787