Kanpai Tokyo: Shinjuku Drinks and Neon Nights

With over 100,000 restaurants and bars to choose from, picking where to eat and drink in Tokyo is a deliciously overwhelming challenge! Join us on this evening tour that takes you drinking and snacking through Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment town. Shinjuku has been deemed the place to be when the sun goes down by visitors and Tokyoites alike so it won’t get more local than this! 


  • Enjoy happy hour at a Japanese izakaya-style eatery
  • Stroll through Tokyo’s most popular alleyway full of food, snacks and bars, and see where locals eat and drink after hours
  • Learn how Kabukicho, Shinjuku’s red light district, became home to over 3,000 shops, bars and restaurants
  • Say kanpai (cheers) over drinks in one of Golden Gai’s cosy bars that seat only eight people at a time

Local English-speaking guide
2 assorted snacks (expect Yakitori - Grilled Chicken and, Nikujaga - Japanese-style stew)
Two drinks (sake, beer, etc.)
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Important Information
Where do we meet?

Shinjuku Sanchome Station, take the C8 subway exit and go up to the ground level, you will be at the meeting point 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.
2-19-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Where does the tour end?

Golden Gai

What is the duration of the tour?

3 hours

What is the group size for this tour?

The maximum number of people on this tour will be 6 passengers.

What If I have Particular Dietary Requirements?

Vegetarian, Vegan, or Gluten Free options are not available on this tour.

Additional Information

Minimum age is 20 years. Legal age for drinking alcohol in Japan is 20 years old. Please note that all drinking establishments allow smoking and do not include separated areas.

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at https://www.urbanadventures.com/en/about-us/covid-19-customer-info

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +81 50 5809 5239. This local number doesn't accept messages, so should you require assistance, please call or send the message to tokyo@urbanadventures.com

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.


Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • All the bars, restaurants you visit on your tour are 100% owned and run by locals.
  • Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment town, is where locals go to grab a bite and a drink after dark. And we’re joining them on this drink tour that’ll introduce you to local nightlife. Our evening will kick off at a Japanese izakaya-style eatery for happy hour. As is a favourite pastime for many Japanese, you’ll start the night off spending some leisurely time chatting with your fellow tourmates over drinks and snacks. Once we’re warmed up, we’ll meander through Omoide Yokocho, a collection of alleyways full of tiny bars and eateries. Get a peek at the different types of food joints the locals usually eat at, from yakitori restaurants and soba shops to cafes and bars. Should you like to come visit again on your own time, Omoide Yokocho can be a great place to sit and eat elbow-to-elbow with the businessmen and see how they unwind after working hours. Our tour takes us onward to Kabukicho, an area full to the brim with over 3,000 shops, restaurants, nightclubs, karaoke and the like. 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’re sure never to have a boring evening in Kabukicho! The evening will end in Golden Gai, a compact neighbourhood 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 we’ll pop into one of your guide’s favourite bars and say kanpai (cheers!) over more drinks. From here, your guide can either give you directions back to your hotel or next destination, or leave you chatting through the night with new friends. 

    We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day.

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