Omoide-yokochō

Yakitori in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Literally ‘Memory Lane’ (and less politely known as Shonben-yokochō, or ‘Piss Alley’), Omoide-yokochō started as a post-war black market and somehow managed to stick around. Today, it's one of Tokyo's most recognisable sights. There are dozens of small restaurants, mostly serving yakitori (chicken, and other meats or vegetables, grilled on skewers), packed into the alley here; several have English menus.

Advertisement