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Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Last month we visited Shinjuku. Following the advice in guide book, we found Omoide Yokocho to have some food. This small place called Torie was so cramped and yet we were slapped with 1200 yen cover ...  read more »
  • a nice place to experience the way japanese eat, the place is mostly small but there is a lots of choice 
  • A small alley you have to visit when in Shinjuku. It's all about yakitori. Full of yakitori stall along the alley. Small, tiny, and crowded (it's so 'japan') :) 
  • This just has to be experienced to understand. It's a little hidden network of alleys that have all these narrow (one bar stool width) restaurants serving all kinds of grilled things to eat. Every one of these restaurants are packed and everything smells delicious. I can't remember the name of the spot we stopped in but this is must do experience. Most restaurants will have a sign out front if they have an English menu. Pro tip: it's going to be packed so it's going to be a little uncomfortable if your expecting a sit down meal at a proper table. It's also going to get a little messy so dress casual. The amazing atmosphere, the warm glow of lanterns and the jovial spirit of everyone there more than makes up for any discomfort. It'll really hit you that your in Japan.
  • Small place with traditional japanese restaurants and bars. You can find various kinds of yaki (fried) food (yaki tori, motsu yaki...), ramen shops, etc. the atmosphere is great however it usually very crowded and there is only one public toilet for the whole street.
  • It's become kind of a tourist trap in recent years, and most establishments take advantage of the lore by unflinchingly charging outrageous cover charges. That being said, it really is a unique gem in Tokyo's urban landscape, one which really should be experienced.
  • Bring cash and a good appetite. Cozy, authentic places with great food grilled right in front of you. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Best japanese tapas ever!
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