Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kanto  /  Tokyo Prefecture  /  Tokyo  /  Shinjuku  /  Historic Sites  /  Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

3.8
#10 of 519 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Historic Walking Area Landmark
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. To visit Omoide Yokocho and get the most from your holiday in Tokyo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tokyo itinerary maker.
Create an itinerary including Omoide Yokocho

(Tokyo is the nearest city to Omoide Yokocho)

map

Plans in Tokyo by other users

29 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 42 days in Asia, United States, Europe, Africa & Middle East BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM VIETNAM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM BRAZIL June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Tokyo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CAMBODIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CAMBODIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Tokyo & Osaka BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Tokyo

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Tokyo

Tokyo abounds with excellent places to stay, from luxury affairs to humble budget-friendly lodgings. Its glittering skyscrapers house numerous international four- and five-star hotels, both in the populous cultural hotspots of Shinjuku and in the business centers of Akasaka and Shinbashi. Meanwhile, hostels catering to the shoestring traveler lie scattered throughout the city. For a memorable, distinctly Japanese experience, seek out a ryokan, a traditional bed and breakfast with tatami floor mats and sliding screen doors.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
627 reviews
Google
4.1
  • Located at Shinjuku just next to the Uniglo Bldg. Venture down the narrow alleys. We tried the vegetable tempura ramen stall located at the heart / crossroads of the alley. It was excellent comfort fo...  more »
  • We were lucky to meet up with an ex-pat on our first night in Tokyo and we ended up here sampling the "street food". The area is basically two alleys packed with food stalls/shops and its worth visiti...  more »
  • I had read about Memory Lane as it is known locally but it took a bit of finding. We eventually found it even though it was right under our noses you still had to look hard, but it was worth it and we...  more »
Google
  • This series of alleys has dozens of tiny bars and restaurants, so there's a lot of variation, but the scene itself is very fun. It's crowded, has a dizzying array of aromas, and many of the restaurants are just big enough to accommodate 7 or 8 people, giving you a very intimate setting with the bartenders and other patrons. Speaking a little Japanese will definitely help, as not all these places are geared toward tourists. As for the restaurants, we went to one yakitori place that wasn't particularly memorable, but the sushi place was very much so (or would have been, if we hadn't ordered quite so much sake). The proprietor/sushi chef was very friendly and kept handing us little plates of pickles and snacks as we gulped down his sake and delicious sushi. Unfortunately, I can't find it on Google maps and didn't quite have the presence of mind (or sobriety) while I was there to try to add it, so as for that part, you're on your own.
  • Photography and Gastronomy adventure all stuffed into a narrow smokey alley. Serious fun!
  • Im leaving this 5 stars to the BEST SOBA I ever had. You must have that soup at the little corner bar. The other places didn't blow my mind + they charge a lot in compare with the soba paradise.
  • Fun spots for tourists. Yakitoris were overpriced but they were so popular that we couldn't find any seats for half an hour.
  • Its really close to Shinjuku station. An interesting alley, filled with food vendors. You can take really interesting Japan street view here.