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Omoide Yokocho

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Address: Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Authentic but expensive

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I picked a skewer place here at random, it was friendly, the food was pretty good, and the price was competitive with other izakayas I visited in Tokyo - I think I spent about $20 on 1 beer and enough skewers to be full (ordering meat in Japan always means spending more than you would if you ordered something carb-heavy).... More 

Thank empress_cherry
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely a throwback part of the city, untouched from the modern Tokyo. The eating spots are all really small and unsophisticated yakitori varieties and drinks. Tons of friendly locals in there too. If you like golden gai, this is cut from the same mold and you should definitely check it out.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this alley for dinner with my wife tonight and decided to walk in one of the yakitori shop to eat. Approached the first shop and walk in and the minutes the waitress hear we speak English and immediately told us the whole shop is reserved and I look at the shop is empty. Went to second shop and... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I visited a restuarant in Omodie Yokocho in Nov 2016. I went to one that said they have English menus in front. After I sat down, the server promptly brought some free appetizers but took it away after I asked for the English menu! I couldn't speak Japanese to tell him to leave the appetizers. Nevertheless, the food was really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

An alley of small, open, skewer serving restaurants that is really photogenic. Basically we only ended up eating here because I wanted to take photos and it's so cramped it felt quite rude to take photos without actually sitting down somewhere and buying something. The meal we had was pretty good and it was a surprisingly good friendly experience. There... More 

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Petaling Jaya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

My first stop after arriving in Tokyo and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food in one of the random izakaya that I dined in as I had the impression that this place was a tourist trap. Some of the restaurants impose cover charges and also limit the amount of time you can spend there so do ask before... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is the place to explore if you want to stock up on meat skewers on the grill, with the elbows of the other patrons practically in your food. Typical Japanese, but it's known by many tourists.

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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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