Memory Lane is a ramshackle alleyway of cramped little bars and eateries in northwest Shinjuku. Have drinks and dinner here for a quintessentially Tokyo adventure.
Omoide Yokocho - image © Florentyna Leow
More widely referred to by its colorful vernacular name “Piss Alley,” Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) is an alleyway to the northwest side of Shinjuku Station. By some miracle, this alley has around sixty tiny old-school bars and restaurants crammed along its narrow corridors, giving new meaning to building density. This is one of the most iconic places to experience old-world Tokyo atmosphere.
Dining at Memory Lane is not for everyone. If you like perfectly clean and quiet restaurants, formal, polite service, and non-smoking establishments, you’ll be out of luck here. This is where you come to experience izakaya dining at its most raucous and informal. This is an evening or nighttime experience; forget about coming here for lunch. Squeeze yourself into a tiny, smoky, counter seating-only bar with years of accumulated soot and grease on its walls. Order a beer and some grilled meat skewers, and talk to the folks next to you. It’ll be a night to remember.
Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (old school restaurant lane)
1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023
Varies by shop
Train: 1-minute walk from the west exit of Shinjuku Station.
Official Website (English)
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