Omoide Yokocho


This corner of Shinjuku, which is only a couple of minutes’ walk from JR Shinjuku Station, is truly unique. There are more than 50 old-style Japanese food joints in windy alleys that are an experience in themselves.

As to the history of this place, they started to open street markets after World War II. Then, some people opened food stands. Today, people go there to feel nostalgic for the Showa period, in which the Japanese economy grew dramatically after the war. And the air around that area is special, something you can only smell when you go there. Most importantly, it’s not a tourist trap. Maybe that’s why non-Japanese people are fascinated by it and go there to try to feel what Japanese feel.

Some snack counters are open from lunch time, but most of them open around 5:00pm. It’s better to go for dinner.

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1 Response

  1. Sciencer says:

    I think such a street like in this picture is a old days japanese bar scene. I watched the scene like this in some films. Must go

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