Alleyway Bar Hopping
Hidden between the shiny high-rises of Tokyo’s metropolis, yokochos— or old-school alleyways filled with dive bars and eateries—are some of the best places to get a taste of the local cuisine without blowing your budget. These backstreets boast some of the finest street food in Tokyo, and are often open well into the night for nocturnal souls and post-party revelers. Rub elbows with Japanese salarymen at Golden Gai, one of the most buzzing yokochos in the city, which boasts more than 200 pubs and drinking dens packed within just a couple of blocks. Each bar has its own unique character and vibe, and you can be sure to find plenty of cheap sake and beer to wash down plentiful plates of yakitori, soba and sushi. Shinjuku-Sanchome Station, exit B3 or E1. 1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo.