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    21 Cozy Photos From Tokyo's Hidden Bars

    Quirky warrens that you'll want to hole up in.

    Tokyo's bars aren't designed to be easy to find. If they're not tucked away in random apartment buildings or tiny alleys, they're slow to warm up to newcomers. Many 6-seat bars in Shinjuku's famed Golden Gai pub rows, for example, turn away anyone who's not a regular, or charge entry fees. That doesn't mean they look any less magical or charming.

    1. Street view of Golden Gai's clutter

    2. Izakaya in Omoide Yokocho

    3. Kushimon in Asakusa

    4. Piano Bar in Shibuya

    5. Misc. bars in Koenji, Tokyo

    6. Nana's Bar in Shinjuku

    7. La Jetee

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    Supposedly a favorite of Quentin Tarantino's.

    8. Outside of La Jetee's surroundings

    9. Orange Prince bar

    10. Yakitori bar in Shinjuku

    11. Tomorrow Bar

    12. The Albatross in Golden Gai

    13. Golden Gai alley

    14. Happy Bar

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    Vintage records galore. A lot of Tokyo bars are strongly curated according to the proprietor/bartender's tastes, making a bar night seem more like a visit to a friend's house.

    15. Zucca Bar in Shinjuku

    16. Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

    17. Shinjuku's Kabukicho during daytime

    18. Vow's Bar

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    Bartended by real Buddhist monks.

    19. The Red Flower, Golden Gai

    20. Toriki, Shinjuku

    21. Izakaya bar and grill in Koenji

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