Omoide Yokocho
Omoide Yokocho
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Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
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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  • T&F
    Montreal, Canada249 contributions
    A piece of old culture on Memory Lane
    We passed through this area twice, once during the day when nothing is open and then in the evening where these two streets come alive with locals and tourists! It’ a crazy busy and crowded, the stalls are very small so if you intend to eat or have a drink I would recommend arriving early in the evening. It can be overwhelming and there is not much English menus so it could be difficult to really know what your eating. We did not eat because the food raw food was sitting out on counter in warm temperatures and we were concerned of freshness. Mind you we have not really read reviews where people got sick but nevertheless we didn’t want to chance it. The code is absolutely fun. This place is also known as memory lane or piss alley. Do not confuse this with the Golden Gai, two separate areas. Memory Lane is worth the peek to submerge yourself in a different culture. We did a slow walk through and enjoyed watching people converse and laugh!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • TripperEmelia
    Melbourne, Australia167 contributions
    Busy, hot, tiny restaurants and bars worth a visit
    This magical street in the middle of Tokyo was like stepping back in time. The many tiny restaurants and bars were bustling with people. We were there in a hot evening and they all looked full and hot inside. We ended up going to the next alleyway towards the railway and found a lovely restaurant. The street is worth a visit and happy eating if you can get in anywhere
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Erin C
    Glasgow, United Kingdom494 contributions
    A must see place
    This was probably my favourite part of Tokyo. We went on our first night and were lucky to get two seats at a cozy skewer restaurant. There was a cover charge but it was minimal and we got a small tuna fish for it. The food was incredible and very cool to watch it be cooked in front of us. The atmosphere is also something else! We came again on our last night and ended up somewhere else but again had an absolutely incredible meal. A must do in Tokyo.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • meimei28
    Pasay, Philippines158 contributions
    Great drinking and hangout spot
    One of our favorite hangout spots in Tokyo! The vibe was great and there were a ton of izakayas to choose from that serve a wide range of food choices. We’ll definitely come back here the next time we’re in Tokyo!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Emma C
    Godalming, United Kingdom2,360 contributions
    Quite an experience !
    We can here with two of our Japanese friends who live in Tokyo. One had only recently been for the first time. The other hadn't been. It was Saturday night, and the place was packed. The smell of grilled meat was really inviting! We couldn't wait to get in there! We wondered through the alleys and the crowds, and eventually, we found a table for four in a no smoking restaurant. We ate well, got drunk, and had a really good time! We'll definitely be back!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 27, 2024
  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China4,576 contributions
    Atmospheric and picturesque…
    …to wander round and, let’s be honest, take lots of photos too. I stopped off quickly in a branch of Iekei where I had some absolutely delicious miso ramen and some beers for pretty low prices. So good, affordable is available here, you just have to look!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written February 17, 2024
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TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
Hong Kong, China4,576 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
…to wander round and, let’s be honest, take lots of photos too. I stopped off quickly in a branch of Iekei where I had some absolutely delicious miso ramen and some beers for pretty low prices. So good, affordable is available here, you just have to look!
Written February 17, 2024
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R A
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The streets are very picturesque with little restaurants selling food cooked in hibachi. Super busy with locals. There are very few places with English menu. We had few skewers with seafood and mushrooms, tapas-style size. Very well cooked but overpriced, bill was AUD 115, including food and 3 beers.
Written February 11, 2024
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philjh59
Chesham, UK144 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We were staying in Shinjuku and decided to try this area even though the reviews were mixed. Yes it is iconic as a typically old street in Tokyo and yes it is fascinating to walk through it but don't stop to eat because the food was awful and extremely over priced. We had eaten in many places before, enjoying all the Japanase/Korean cusine on offer, so it was a shock to be presented with almost inedible skewers of meat and chicken. My advice is to visit the area, take pictures and then eat elsewhere. We had a wonderful 2 weeks in Japan and the meal we had here stood out as being the worst we had by a long shot.
Written February 4, 2024
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,360 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We can here with two of our Japanese friends who live in Tokyo. One had only recently been for the first time. The other hadn't been. It was Saturday night, and the place was packed. The smell of grilled meat was really inviting! We couldn't wait to get in there! We wondered through the alleys and the crowds, and eventually, we found a table for four in a no smoking restaurant. We ate well, got drunk, and had a really good time! We'll definitely be back!
Written January 27, 2024
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Björn
Switzerland2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very enjoyable and popular among tourists! Very cool vibe and an interesting feel to the various small bars. Comes recommended!
Written November 25, 2023
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meimei28
Pasay, Philippines158 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
One of our favorite hangout spots in Tokyo! The vibe was great and there were a ton of izakayas to choose from that serve a wide range of food choices. We’ll definitely come back here the next time we’re in Tokyo!
Written November 5, 2023
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Julia
Nottingham, UK49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Short tiny street with few restaurants. Good to pass by if you are there, but better spare your time for Kyoto equivalent
Written October 21, 2023
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Erin C
Glasgow, UK494 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was probably my favourite part of Tokyo. We went on our first night and were lucky to get two seats at a cozy skewer restaurant. There was a cover charge but it was minimal and we got a small tuna fish for it. The food was incredible and very cool to watch it be cooked in front of us. The atmosphere is also something else! We came again on our last night and ended up somewhere else but again had an absolutely incredible meal. A must do in Tokyo.
Written October 19, 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
Jul 2023
Omoide Yokocho in Tokyo is a nostalgic haven. This narrow alley is a glimpse into the past, lined with tiny bars and eateries exuding retro charm. The tantalizing aroma of grilled meats and comforting atmosphere make it an ideal spot to savor delicious street food and immerse oneself in the vibrant ambiance of old Tokyo.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TripperEmelia
Melbourne, Australia167 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This magical street in the middle of Tokyo was like stepping back in time. The many tiny restaurants and bars were bustling with people. We were there in a hot evening and they all looked full and hot inside. We ended up going to the next alleyway towards the railway and found a lovely restaurant. The street is worth a visit and happy eating if you can get in anywhere
Written July 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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