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Tokyo Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho” (2019)

In Tokyo’s famous bustling district, Shinjuku, there is a place known as “Omoide Yokocho,” which translates to “Memory Lane” in English. This alley has preserved the atmosphere of the past and is filled with small bars and restaurants, starting to emerge around 1946.

“The Narrow Alley”

The alley is quite narrow, making it challenging for two adult men to pass simultaneously. Within this small space, you can find tiny shops that contribute to a unique atmosphere. Seeing closely packed customers inside these small establishments may give you a strong sense of being in Japan.

“Experience Japan’s Sensibility in the Alley”

Walking through this small alley, you can feel Japan’s sensibility. Personally, having traveled to Tokyo twice, I have passed by this alley both times. While I didn’t dine or drink in the establishments, just observing the closely situated shops within the narrow alley provided a glimpse into the essence of Japan.

“Revisiting Omoide Yokocho in 2019”

After briefly passing by during the 2018 trip, I revisited Omoide Yokocho in 2019. The alley remained as narrow as before, and the establishments were still compact. Although I didn’t dine within these confined spaces, I captured some photographs while passing through.

The next time I visit Tokyo, I might consider trying a meal or snack in one of the small shops in Omoide Yokocho.

“Japan, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Omoide Yokocho”

  • Address: 1 Chome-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
  • Website: http://shinjuku-omoide.com/
  • Business Hours: 24 hours (varies by shop)