I take you to Omoide Yokocho of Shinjuku and help you enjoy dinner in the good old Japanese style there. Then I escort you to take a closer look at Kabuki-cho night. I will answer your questions on strange signs, messages, people and shops around there. It's a unique place even for Japanese and I am curious about your reaction on what you see. Finally, I will show you around Golden gai for various kinds of tiny bars.
My wife and I had an amazing night exploring Golden Gai/Omoide Yokocho with Hideaki! He took us to some great small spots we wouldn't have found otherwise and provided all sorts of cool facts about the area. Hideaki has an awesome sense of humor, by the end of the night it was like hanging out with an old friend. He was also nice enough to send us a whole bunch of recommendations for the rest of the trip. If you are thinking about a tour, go for it and book with Hideaki, you'll have a wonderful time!
thanks a lot for tonight, I discovered a very interesting places that I would have never by myself
Going to Omoide Yokocho was a last-minute decision on my part. Really quite lucky that Hideaki was available for this activity! We had a barrel of laughs over BBQ and he even offered to tour me around Kabukicho!
I really can't find enough words to say thank you! :D I will definitely look you up when I come back to Tokyo!
Hideaki was very friendly and showed us around to all of the different places around Shinjuku and was very patient with our questions. It was great to meet a local and get his perspective on Japan and life.
I had fun with Hideaki. He was very nice, patient, fluent-english and really represent Japanese hospitality. I was late and lost and unable to find him at the appointed meeting place, then he instructed me to stop at a spot and he came to me.
Together we went to Omoide Yokocho, a narrow alley filled with tiny restaurant that can only host 5-6 guest at a time. We ate at one of the store selling Yakitori (a japanese skewer usually consist of chicken's liver, heart, skin and etc). The yakitori was very tasty, although i don't drink beer, i'm sure that yakitori make perfect companion for beer :).
Hideaki told me some interesting stories he had experienced and the night went quite fast! the Yakitori wasn't as cheap as i thought (maybe because we ordered too much), but Hideaki insisted to split the bill.
After eating, Hideaki gave me quick tour of Kabukicho (Red light district) and also explained what each establishment does. very interesting!
if you have a free night, don't hesitate to contact Hideaki and i'm sure he'll be a good and friendly companion :)
Hideaki managed to find time from his schedule for a tour of Omoide Yokocho and Kabukicho with me. He was really patient as I went to the wrong meeting location and had to hurry over to the other end of Shinjuku station. The tour started with a short walk to Omoide Yokocho. A quaint little street with lots of Yakitori and Ramen shops. We managed to find one of his regular shops and had a fantastic dinner! It was followed by a tour at Kabukicho. Towards the end of the tour he was also nice enough to point out a restaurant serving Okinawan cuisine that I could try. Overall he was really knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic during the tour. I would recommend any one wanting to know Shinjuku in greater detail to him.
We liked Hideaki so much that we booked another night! Spent some time together in an tiny Golden Gai bar sampling Okinawan food. Good fun!
We had a really great night with Hideaki and got to eat fantastic versions of yakitori which we would not have discovered otherwise. Likewise with Japanese 'standing bars'. Hideaki is knowledgeable, fun and good company. Highly recommended.
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