Nonbei-yokochō

Bar in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Nonbei-yokochō – literally 'Drunkard's Alley' – is one of Tokyo's anomalous (and endangered) strips of old wooden shanty bars, here in the shadow of the elevated JR tracks. There's a wonderfully eclectic assortment of teeny-tiny bars, though note that some have cover charges (usually ¥500 to ¥1000). Tight is one that doesn't.

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