Ultimate Guide of the Retro Izakaya Alley “Omoide Yokocho”

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Omoide Yokocho (思い出横丁), literally translated as “Memory Lane”, is one of the best nightlife district in Shinjuku. Over 80 old-looking tiny stalls and Izakaya stand in some blocks of the north west of Shinjuku Station.

Each stall has just several seats, but you can communicate with an owner very closely who is called “master” as well as local food and drink at an affordable price.

The entrance of Omoide Yokocho

Japanese feel nostargic to see the smoke-filled alley and small wooden stalls with red-lit lanterns. Every stall cooks Yakitori (grilled and skewered chicken), so the alley is always smoky.

Omoide Yokocho is also one of popular tourist sights these days since they are interested in the food and the atmosphere.

Inside a stall

Several stalls have English menus, and other stores without it welcome non-Japanese speakers. Business persons after work and international tourists enjoy talking to the “masters”.

It’s hard even for locals to take seats in Omoide Yokocho. Magical Trip will help you navigate through their favorite izakaya bars on Tokyo Bar Hopping Food Tour. Then, you won’t have to worry about how to get in, just let Magical Trip help you make the most out of local food and drinks in Omoide Yokocho!

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