Shibuya has changed substantially over the years but remnants of the old town can still be found hidden in the back streets. Nonbei Yokocho is just a stone’s throw away from Shibuya Station, and like Golden Gai in Shinjuku you can sit in the kiosk-sized bars and make friends with the locals over a beer or strike up a conversation with the bartender (some speak English). Many customers are regulars, and you might feel a little awkward walking into the middle of what may look like a group of friends chatting, but the street is a bit of a hidden treasure for tourists and the sight of foreign faces is not uncommon to the owners of the little establishments.
LocationShibuya Nonbei Yokocho, 1 Chome-25 Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002
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3 minutes from the Hachiko Exit of JR Shibuya Station. In the plaza from the Hachiko Exit you will see a police box in the corner next to the station. Cross over to the opposite side of the road from the police box and turn right to go under the bridge. Take the first side road immediately on the left after you cross under the bridge (you’ll see the lanterns hanging above the road) and walk down about 20m. Nonbei Yokocho is a small alley to the right.
Evening until the early hours of the morning. Many of the bars are closed on Sundays.