Tokyo Cultural Experience Shinjuku Pub-crawl
Robot restaurant → Omoideyokocho → Bon dance Izakaya → Golden Gai
Robot restaurant in Shinjuku Kabuki-cho
Constructed with a hefty price of 10 billion yen, Robot Restaurant is where gigantic robots and acrobatic female dancers perform wild raving dances right in front of your eyes, literally. Feel free to take photos and even pose with the robots in this chaotically fun venue where everything is alive with neon lights. The restaurant is the newest must-see spot in the Kabuki Cho district, attracting visitors from around the world, including some adventurous celebrities.
History of Omoide-yokocho
“Omoide-yokocho (Corner of Memories)” is located at Shinjuku station West gate area. The history of this little shopping street goes back to the immediate postwar years. Around 1946, the district was a devastated land covered by wreckage. There used to be stalls selling clothes, shoes, daily products at the front of the station, and 30 to 40 booths sheltered with reed screens selling oden (various materials cooked in Japanese style broth), boiled potatoes, boiled red beans, tempura, tsukudani (seaweed boiled in soy sauce), and used books, but all were completely destructed by fire.
After the disaster, “Lucky Street”, a black market consisted of stalls divided by boards, appeared during the controlled economy era. Even at this war time, the population of this district has decreased merely 10%, because there were houses sheltering families who escaped from their homes and evacuated to their relatives living in Setagaya, Suginami, and Nerima. Shinjuku was a train point of those areas, and functioned as a terminal for transiting people and distributing supplies. People gathered to Shinjuku, and started to run their own businesses. Even now, majority of the shops are built tightly, right next to each other. “Omoide-Yokocho has continued to develop with its inherited taste offered with reasonable prices, and warm hospitality.
Bon-dance Izakaya or Izakaya with A tuna filleting event at Shinjuku station East gate area
Bon Festival (we call Obon) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years. Bon Odori, meaning simply Bon dance is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music.
You will experience today “Awa Odori”, or “fool’s dance” is very famous Bon Odori of Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku.
The last destination, GoldenGai or Shinjuku Ni-Chome
Golde Gai is a small area of famous both as an area of architectural interest and for its nightlife. It is composed of a network of six narrow alleys, connected by even narrower passageways which are just about wide enough for a single person to pass through. Over 200 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateriesare squeezed into this area.
Shinjuku has a variety of interesting aspects such as Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the gay district. Let’s explore Shinjuku night!
Duration: About 6 hours
Minimum of participants: 2
Robot restaurant: 17:15-19:15
Omoide yokocho: 19:30-20:30
Awa-odori Izakaya: 20:45-21:45
Golden Gai: 22:00～23:00
Meet and see you off at: Your hotel or requested place
Price includes transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, specialized field guide, activities and entrance fees, dinner and drinks while touring and Travel Insurance. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately.
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