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“Drinking and great yakitori with the salary boys”
Review of Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho
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Shinjuku and Kabukicho Evening Walking Tour
Ranked #17 of 420 things to do in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Great neighborhood to go for a drink (hoppy beer mixed with sake), have a few yakitori (eel and organ meat for the brave or chicken and fatty beef), and sit at the bar with the salary boys. Great food and fun conversations even if you don’t speak the same language.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Funny thing happened at the Tourist Information Bureau in Shinjuku. We went in a little after 3pm looking for a recommendation to satisfy a sudden craving for yakitori. The agents were super nice and made some calls to check for us. Finally one was located in BIC Camera mall nearby. They gave us precise walking directions and we were off. It wasn’t far.

Just before we got to our destination, we spotted winding off from one side of the road this very curious, very peculiar, very intriguing, somewhat dark narrow lane that looked like it was from a bygone era. Its contrasted sharply against the modernity of Shinjuku. We couldn’t help but be drawn in. To our surprise tiny smoky shops lined both sides of the lane - most of them grilling and selling yakitori!

Now why didn’t the nice ladies at the Tourist Bureau mention this place?!? (We found out later that historically this lane had the ignominious nickname of “Piss Alley” and a favourite drinking hole of the “salarymen” of Shinjuku business district). Maybe that’s why.

We could not resist trying the yakitori so we entered one shop randomly and ordered a bunch of stuff plus beer (of course!). Rustic and rudimentary as it was, the service was polite, unpretentious and prompt. It also felt very local and authentic - gave us a glimpse of Old Tokyo culture that’s a bit raw and off the tourist track. We left satisfied and full with my wallet none too poorer. But we are still puzzled why the tourism info ladies “kept” this from us?

1  Thank ECKLKualaLumpur
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Also known as Piss Alley. This place comes into its own of an evening. Tiny little open fronted restaurants crowded together with amazing cooking smells. Like going back in time. Apparently this is where they got the inspiration for the original Blade Runner movie.

Thank MrDrail
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Tiny backstreets next to loud brightly lit modern Shinjuko. Olde world booths filled with BBQ chefs tiny bench seat restaurants.. great vibe. Cheap eats and smokey atmosphere. Known as memory lane to some.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Supposedly the inspiration for the Blade Runner movie. In a colorful part of Shinjuku. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Shinjuku area. Comes alive after dark, no nightclubs in that street, lots of small places to eat. Good all year round.

Thank S B
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