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Updated: April 2, 2018
You might have trouble finding Shinjuku's Omoide Yokocho at first. This tiny alley barely fits two people across and is discretely snuggled between two other storefronts.
Look for the dimly lit green sign, smoky stalls, and red lanterns. Duck inside to find an abundance of yakitori joints, offering cheap chicken skewers and beer, with each eatery only seating five or six patrons each. Squeeze into a seat and try your luck ordering a selection of skewers and lager. If all goes well, you’ll soon be full of food, drink, and local cheer.
Omoide Yokocho is a throwback to what life was like in the late '40s and '50s after the war when Tokyo residents were relatively impoverished. The alley is commonly referred to as “Piss Alley” due to a lack of restrooms forcing patrons to wander outside to relieve themselves.
To fully experience the old school charm of post-war Tokyo, start with an evening meal at Omoide Yokocho followed by drinks at Golden Gai. Both attractions are located in Shinjuku.
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