Speaking of the entertainment district of Shinjuku is the Kabukicho area, but there is a tavern which is called “Omoide yokocho” (Memories Alley), leaving the atmosphere of the Showa era as it is. In the corner of the city of Shinjuku where the neon flashes, there is a place where nostalgia is wrapped as if time is stopping, there is “Omoide yokocho”.
The Omoide Yokocho street is very outstanding under those circumstances. The woman customers increase recently, too, and it is a bar on a narrow side street becoming more and more lively.
Omoide yokocho is a shopping street originating from the black market born in the vicinity of the west entrance of Shinjuku station which was still a burned land in 1946, shortly after the end of the World War II. At that time crackdown on controlled goods was severe, many stores handle cow and pig’s offal which is not controlled goods, and from that circumstance many shops that are currently providing offal and yakitori are characterized.
Initially, it was a black market that was a gathering of stall vendors that were separated by a single door plate. Even now, its holdover is still strong, and the shops separated by a single wall have become a jam‐packed lively space. Most of the shops are very narrow, and seats are close enough for customers to come together. That is why it is a tasty bar with a new encounter. In the past, there were about 300 stalls in the vicinity, but many shops were forced to evict on occasion of illegal occupation etc. at the time of redevelopment. Currently it is only about 70 stores left in place with a width of about 30 meters and a length of 80 meters.
The street has characteristically many shops providing yakitori (grilled chicken) and grilled entrails.
Some restaurants and ticket sales shops stand any place apart from bars. Since access from a station is also good, you can freely drop in.
It seems to gradually become the topic among the foreign tourists recently. It is the neighborhood with the atmosphere that even a Japanese is hard to enter, but it overflows with a foreign tourist everywhere recently. It appears in a tourist guide book, and seems to be said “The place that you must certainly go if you go to Tokyo”.
|Name:||Omoide yokocho (Memories Alley)|
|Adresse:||Nishishinjuku 1-2-2 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yamanote-sen Line “Shinjuku-eki Station” (3 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 3-3364-3235 (Shinjuku West exit Shopping District Promotion Association)|
|Price/Charge:||There are more than 60 different eateries. (Grilled chicken, skewers, Tavern, Grilled meat, Soba, Sushi, Dining processing, cafe, ramen, BAR, fast food etc.)
You can check the menu on the official web page.