“Gritty” doesn’t even begin to describe Omoide Yokocho, a rundown back alley lined with ramshackle dive bars, ramen joints, casual eateries, and traditional izakaya. The strangest part of all? This old-fashioned slice of unpretentious Tokyo nightlife happens to be in neon-lit Shinjuku, one of the most futuristic districts in the city!
On a virtual tour of this fascinating area where the past and future collide, you’ll duck between steel-and-glass skyscrapers to explore Omoide Yokocho. You’ll be transported back in time to Tokyo post-WWII when workers would flock to humble restaurants. Your local guide will describe the eateries to you and let you know what’s on the menu, from charred Yakitori skewers to steaming bowls of Tonkotsu ramen.
These restaurants may not be the fanciest in Tokyo, but there’s a reason many of them have been standing for decades. In this unique alley, you’ll feel nostalgia for a time and place that much of Tokyo has forgotten.