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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. 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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  • Is famous because it appears in magazines, but is basically a more expensive price. Taste the atmosphere if you go at it. It is not basic I Nishi-Shinjuku business is not told to the young person in the company.
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  • Omoide Yokocho is an unique area which is formed by few alleys. In these narrow and crowded alleys, small tiny restaurants, mostly Yakitori place, are gathered. Japanese businessmen often come here af...  more »
  • I knew this place would be hard to find but luckily we stumbled across it before I started looking for it! So, I can't help with directions but other reviewers will have covered this. Before coming I ...  more »
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  • One of the oldest (and smallest) street you can find in Tokyo. If you're looking for some yakitori and a couple of beers, this is the place for you. A must visit! (Be aware.. you may smell of fried chicken after leaving.. :) ).
  • Seating charges, 300 JPY for a miniature skewer, unfriendly staff and 80% of customers are westerners. So long for the authenticity of the place. Yup, this place is now just another tourist trap. Do yourself a favour and don't bother eating there.
  • .I visited the street on a Friday afternoon and had some beers and barbecue. Yes there was cover charges of 300 Yen per person, and a compulsory dish at 450 Yen also. It is expensive, even for Japan. The total cost came to 5000 Yen. A much better experience for street food, and mixing with the locals is the small park next to the shrine off Meijer Rodi street, a 10 minute walk to the east. On Sundays, it is incredible! We spent 4 hours there, sampling foods of all types, and drinking beer. The normally quiet residents can really party on Sundays. I recommend the park more than Omid.
  • You have to experience it to understand it. Small streets like golden gai but with restaurants. It seems like we are teleported years ago in the middle of modern Shinjuku !
  • Love this little smattering of restaurants. Food is great wherever you go. Great for locals and awesome for tourists.