Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

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If you want to experience how locals unwind after a hard day's work, visit Omoide Yokocho, which holds the reputation as one of city's most popular drinking dens. Its genuine roots date back to the 1940s post-war era, where street vendors sold their goods and black market traders lurked in the shadows. Today, packed with around 60 small restaurants and bars, this narrow neon alley still barely allows two people to pass one another, yet it perfectly symbolizes Japan's nightlife. You'll need to get used to the charm of this place--the sake, grilled fish, smoke, and noise--otherwise, search for fine dining somewhere else. Make Omoide Yokocho a centerpiece of your Tokyo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .
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  • Great little street with small restuarants which fit a limited amount of people in each. We went both at day and night time. In the day it is quite empty, and we had yakatori. It was a great experienc...  more »
  • Every time I go to Tokyo I make sure at least one dinner is in this alley. Most of the little, and I do mean little, restaurants don't have English menus, but that's okay, you can simply point at the ...  more »
  • We stood for caso.in these alleys we were excited dined with others at table x Japanese lo.piu which we immediately established a casino and surreal atmosphere ... fun ... excellent grilled meat must see low prices
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  • Omoide Yokocho dates back to post-war Tokyo where street vendors and black market traders set up shop. It was a den. Dangerous and rundown, it was the seedy mix of debauchery, before a fire finally destroyed the area. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a new Omoide Yokocho emerged. Friendlier, safer while maintaining its historical roots and still filled with restaurants, it was perfect that I made my way here while my stomach was still empty waiting to be filled. But this is not a place for fine elegance. It’s gritty and the smoke and noise could put you off. But I absolutely love the charm of the area and I’m sure all the grit disappears with sake. I love it. I followed my nose into a yakitori bar in Omoide Yokocho. Small, tiny with limited counter top space and local Japanese dining inside, I struggle with my broken Japanese and sign language to order one of the best dinners I had in Tokyo. I don’t even know what this restaurant is called.
  • Went there cos of high rating but don’t find anything that supports that claim. It’s jus one of the normal eateries there. The surrounding place is an interesting local small shops around two lanes and adds taste to eating. Wound be nice if can find an outlet that’s friendly with staff and customers. Food was ordinary and beef was tough
  • A few narrow streets of local eatery place next to the JR station in Shinjuku, good to grab a beer, light snacks after work or visiting. Different restaurants have different specialty type food. Small spaces expect busy and limited seating. Does not seem to practice the queuing-outside for these restaurants. A +ve point for those who want a smoke, smoking expected and allowed inside most of these eatery.
  • Wanna get a taste of a Tokyo izakaya? Alcohol and BBQ in tight confined dining area? Look no further. Warning, it's not child friendly
  • Feels like stepping into the other side of Tokyo which is nice, cool and very Japanese style. This place is filled with so many restaurants, as I read comments there are so many ones offering the English menu, however, my friend and I chose one without English menu but we saw sooo many Japanese people and it seemed very locally. We even didn't know the restaurant's name, ordering Gyoza - around 450 yen, fried rice(around 650 yen) and some kind of noodles(around 700yen). All dishes were good! Even the waiter wasn't that nice, the restaurant is very tiny but we loved this feeling and highly recommend :)

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