Golden Gai, the Soho district loved by the cultured
If you are looking for bars in Tokyo, Golden Gai is a must-visit. Nearly 300 small restaurants can be found in this area of Kabukicho in Shinjuku. It was founded around 1950 after World War II and became famous in the 1960s as a gathering place for writers, journalists, filmmakers, and other cultural figures. The area temporarily became a ghost town around 1991 due to violent acquisition of land by the real estate sharks, but with the subsequent opening of new stores by young people, it is now a popular spot among Japanese people to enjoy a retro atmosphere that retains the elegance of decades past.