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Omoide Yokocho

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Address: Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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4 stars for the food and experience but -1 star for being pricey

I love this place. This is where most locals spend their time after work. Most of the restaurants are small if you are a little bit claustrophobic it might not be good for you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hawalli, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yakitori street in Shinjuku. The best way to locate is to take JR, take the East exit and the lane is just right beside Uniqlo. Very squeezy and most restaurants can seat less than 10 people. Great experience, understand from some that you can find very bizarre food there but of course we eat the normal stuff! The are very... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. This is where most locals spend their time after work. Most of the restaurants are small if you are a little bit claustrophobic it might not be good for you. We ate in one of the restaurants there having our own table. Most of the restaurants there have an extra fee on top of the bill.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 after work for a bite to eat and beer. It is so crowded and restaurants tend to be full so quickly. It is a popular place for locals and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 read several reviews on Trip Advisor suggesting this place is a tourist trap where you will get ripped off. This was not my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located very close to Shinjuku station (West side) Omoide Yokocho is a small bar area connected by very narrow alleys. It is really worth your time to duck in and explore the various bar/eateries that have been providing locals food and drink traveling in and out of the area for decades. It's a great spot to sit, eat and drink... More 

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

... but we went on a day that it was mostly closed. It was around New Years and everything was shut when we went to try and grab some lunch there. Do research before going there, surely!

Thank Mormondi
Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A place to Taste different local beers and yakitori in different styles.Set up is so simple, enter a stall select the dish from trays in your front , the cook will generally grill the food , order your desired beer, and alas enjoy, some stalls may have hot soup and offer these to you.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Great place to visit to soak in the bustling atmosphere with plenty of eateries. On the Sunday night my wife and I visited, many of the eateries were fully packed. So we picked a skewer eatery cos the turnover is generally quicker. Food at this eatery was ordinary - nothing fantastic and so was the miso soup they served. We... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

It's worth going to enjoy the bustling atmosphere, but I was too intimidated to enter the eateries. However, if you are game for it, squeeze into the small restaurants and enjoy the food and smell. :) Find out more about how to navigate Omoide Yokocho (nicknamed piss alley) in my post at travel.joogo.sg/food-shinjuku-tokyo-2.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Living up to its name, Memory Lane has a really authentic vibe of old Japan especially with the wide range of small, vintage and gritty yakitori pubs. They also have unique food with exotic ingredients like whale and horse meat. If you're looking for a hipster/authentic experience, I totally recommend stopping by and exploring all the pubs and diners in... More 

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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