Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

3.8
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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  • One of the best places to eat Yakitory in Shinjuku. Narrow alley with local kids and characteristic. If you switch from Shinjuku can't not eat one exquisite chicken skewer. Highly recommended!!!
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  • They charge you 400 Yen/person for sit, as always very close, in an endearing bar but where drops of grease from the ceiling fall continuously... the rich yakitoros, but you have to ask them 2 in 2 and yet they charge them to 150 each. Half liter beer by 700. I don't know if it is worth...
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  • Chanced on this narrow street (from Shinjuku Station we were going toward Nishi-Shinjuku to go back to the hotel), we were initially affascianati from the typical atmosphere of ancient Japan, although we are in the heart of a charming and modern district of skyscrapers. Kidnapped by the colors and noise, we were captivated by the odours and smoke emanating from the grids of the various eateries. We stopped to eat there: a stool around to grids to eat kebabs of various kinds: chicken, pork, beef, mushrooms, grilled meatballs ... all strictly friggitelli, then seasoned to taste with salt, pepper, lemon and soy sauce. Tourists and locals alike. Cheerful and friendly atmosphere. Just sitting and ordered beer, a Japanese gentleman next to me took his glass to toast with us and greet us! Not very cheap is true ... but it's worth paying a little more to spend an evening in an atmosphere so unique and special!
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  • 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.

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