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Omoide Yokocho

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Address: Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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A unique dining experience for the adventurous

We were booked in the Shinjuku area and heard from our concierge that the best Yakitori was in Omoide Yokocho. We like street food and consider ourselves adventurous so we headed... read more

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24 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were booked in the Shinjuku area and heard from our concierge that the best Yakitori was in Omoide Yokocho. We like street food and consider ourselves adventurous so we headed over there. Be ready for a cornucopia of sights and scent as smoke wafting from afar beckoned us. It is a couple of alleys packed with different stalls specializing... More 

Thank Triathlete07
Tokyo, Japan
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It will be hard to find this place, but if you follow a map or directions from staff in the train station, you'll get there. It's a short alley full of amazing smells and drinks. Definitely stop in and grab some Yakitori at one of the tiny places here. The food is excellent and the ambiance is not to be... More 

Thank gcincinnati
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my wife--bad move--part of my poor rating. I got the WTF are we doing here look and did not stop. Also known as "piss alley", my 10-minute take is this is mostly for guys (there were a few gals) who drink themselves silly and try to top each other eating the "unusual" food offerings. I would go again with... More 

Thank TexasTraveler62
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good experience. Took the 3 year old in small fold up pram and could access most of it. You can spend as little as 20 minutes here to get a quick bite and check it out.

1 Thank Adam B
Manila, Philippines
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the eateries are very small and can only fit about 5 -10 people at most so just sit down wherever there are free seats and order by pointing if you don't speak Japanese. Very interesting place and the food is great

Thank Clayton W
Paso Robles, CA
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554 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth visiting - - a warren of small restaurants along the east side of the JR Train Tracks - - look for the green signage on either end of this about two short block long strip of places to eat and drink.

Thank paso57
Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a fun area to go and explore. It's pretty narrow lane ways filled with many tiny restaurants. There are many yakitori restaurants there. Personally I didn't want to eat at those restaurants. They are more expensive than proper yakitori restaurants. And it's very smokey in those restaurants. If you're interested to just give it a try and experience it... More 

Thank AdelePh
East Brunswick, New Jersey
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I was not sure if this was to be easy to find or a safe place, but I think was right next to the Shinjuku satation. Lots of people and small eateries. Food was fine, but expensive, especially they charge a seating fee of 500 yen per person. Two of us ended up paying 5600yen for some yakitori, baked clam,... More 

Thank Bonnie T
Harlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Behind the station are two streets adjacent to the bridge. Lots of sit down places to grab some skewers. Busy at night. Shinjuku is a big station so come out the right exit and use the trip advisor map!

Thank mikeazzo
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Maybe it was my luck. Went into an Iizakaya in Yokocho managed by 3 foreigners, 2 ladies & a guy. Was being charged JPY 600 as "Table Money" for 2 but without giving us any small snack or "starter". Other guests were given a small Tofu as "starter". When I requested the lady to go to the level 2 to... 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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