Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

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#10 of 525 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
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.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I loved the whole experience ! The vibe, the food, crowded little restaurants... It's amazing! Make sure to bring cash!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Best place for Yakitori. Cosy seating but good food and reasonable prices. Been here a few times and will go again  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Unforgettable experience when you get to this passage close to the station, and invades you smoke the bolichitos for meal which by the way are fantastic. Passage without equal worth
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  • April 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Photography and Gastronomy adventure all stuffed into a narrow smokey alley. Serious fun!
  • May 13, 2017
    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.
  • May 14, 2017
    Fun spots for tourists. Yakitoris were overpriced but they were so popular that we couldn't find any seats for half an hour.
  • April 21, 2017
    Its really close to Shinjuku station. An interesting alley, filled with food vendors. You can take really interesting Japan street view here.

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