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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  • It has its origin in the post-war period when it was an area of illegal bars. He is known as the alley of the pis but it wasn't here strictly where urinated customers of bars but in neighbouring roads station Shinjuku.Ahora is a very popular site for dinner at their long premises.
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  • Memory Lane describes this little restaurant street perfectly, especially during the rush hours. Wonderful atmosphere with very interesting surroundings. Many different restaurants/food stalls to choo...  more »
  • I was guided there 3 years ago. Now, being with the family I wanted to come back, but unfortunately I do not remember where it was. The case from Shinjuku Station we found in this place. Cramped, poor ventilation, in some bars tooth in English, while the atmosphere super and a whiff of old Tokyo among the skyscrapers. This is a must on a map of.
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  • This is one of those places where you can feel and see what Japan and its people are all about. Narrow back alley with numerous food option to indulge your eyes, tongue, and stomach. Here you can enjoy the industrial culture of Japan because the salary men usually stop by before catching a train home.
  • Lovely backstreet. If you are looking for a cosy place to eat be careful not to pick the one runs by Chinese. Can be very busy during dinner time.
  • 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.
  • Crowded, lively and packed full of tasty yakitori. A must go for first timers!
  • nice street. but food is not so delicious. but for sake of atmosphere, you can try some
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