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“yakitori”(138 reviews)
“english menu”(21 reviews)
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Nishi-Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3342-1589
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 January 2011

Visited the yakitori alley in Shinjuku. We went through a few back streets and picked one that was packed, smokey and most authentic looking. We were not disappointed. The chef speaks minimal english but we got by. He serves intestines so if you don't like...More

12  Thank yolanderHK
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 April 2015

The places were either hostile local places that didn't like tourists or places seeking to take in westerners with an ulterior motive. We first sat went into a place with some locals and we didn't even get eye contact from the staff. This became incredibly...More

12  Thank William Z
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is so cool! Just a little hidden gem in the middle of Tokyo. All of the places serve Yakitori, which is grilled meat on sticks. The experience is soooooo Japanese. Kawaiiii (cute). Every restaurant can only hold 6 people so you make friends...More

Thank Gaijinintokyo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A few very narrow alleys with bars and restaurants...seeing it is an experience...but definitely the last place i wanna eat...or you prefer the company of tourists to a more authentic japanese clientele

Thank 105jensl
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hi, Been there to try the famous Yakitori, found out its overrated crap. Meet/chicken dry and chewy, waitress was rude and not friendly at all (she is chinese btw not japanese), price is overated for this bad taste. Didnt feel welcome at all, didnt enjoy...More

Thank Somewhere O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food is okay here. An interesting alley with many tiny restaurants. Mostly tourists taking photos. Most of them are selling grilled food, so it can be very overwhelmingly smokey. If you happen to be in the vicinity, no harm to pay a short visit.

Thank sftravellers94114
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These street is atmospheric albeit full of tourists. We popped into one of the restaurants and had very tasty chicken skewers. Couldn’t work out the name of the restaurant so can’t give a specific recommendation but worth heading to the area.

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to visiting after seeing this area on TV, it looked so inviting, seedy, wonderful all at the same time. You get ther and it’s just another tourist trap. No atmosphere (admittedly during the day) and full of tourists (irony understood)....More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really looked forward visiting Omoide Yokocho by night: it did not disappoint. Very atmospheric and inviting.

Thank MariskadeGraaf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The street and stores itself are very nice in food and design, but the immediate area of Omoide Yokocho was stuffed with travelers from various countries, which made an enormous contrast compared to the rest of Shinjuku. Therefore, it would not be an exaggeration to...More

Thank EduSnacker
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Never seen anything like it lots of small restaurants, barely wider than the counter and couple seats great atmosphere and authentic feel to it.

1  Thank Shaun H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food is decent but primarily tourists, a little smelly and much better places and food in the area. Worth having a wander as there are some great photo opportunities. Worth checking out

Thank dennismel
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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and
contains the busiest train station in the world. To
the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the
east, there’s a district with long-established
department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku
Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the
Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for
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7 October 2018|
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Response from jeanfran_oist800 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure We went around 18h Its a festive place, you wanna be there at night!
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28 September 2018|
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Response from Bryan W | Reviewed this property |
We were there pretty late (definitely after 10) on a weekday and it showed no signs of slowing down. Im guessing it’s syillmgoing at midnight.
10 April 2018|
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Response from iaml0ved | Reviewed this property |
I paid cash on my visit, and most stalls and local shops I visited were cash.