Omoide Yokocho Shinjuku

Omoide Yokocho

Tucked away in bustling Shinjuku is a little alley that brings back memories of old Japan: Omoide Yokocho. It’s a retro street, crammed with yakitori shops, beer, and locals.

Here, you’ll find many tiny izakayas and yakitori stores packed next to each other. They grill their meat and vegetables on an open fire in this alley. Smokey, yes, but authentic, also yes. “Omoide Yokocho” means “Memory Alley,” so you’ll literally be going down Tokyo’s memory lane. This kind of area was common in the Showa era, basically back in the 1920s-80s.

When you’re in town, try taking a stroll here. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a few memories there yourself. 🙂

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