alleys crammed with tiny bars dating back to Showa Era


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Around 280 bars fit into a tight six-row block of alleys situated in the middle of the otherwise ultra-modern neighborhood of Shinjuku. This is Golden Gai, a must-visit destination for those looking to experience Japan's intimate drinking culture when the formalities of everyday life no longer apply. Many bars are specifically themed and cater to a specific type of clientele, seating only five or six patrons at a time. Find one that suits your interests, and head in for a drink with the locals

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