Next to Shinjuku station, on the west area lies the narrowest area for yakitori bars. In the postwar era, many shopping districts were built, but few survived the pass of the years and contemporary times. Shinjuku was a transit area between residential districts, and places like Omoide Yokocho survived.

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Omoide Yokocho alleys, Shinjuku.

The lack of food during postwar times brought the business owners to invest in other source of food, like entrails of cow and pig. The yakitori skewers were the essence of cheap food and people gathered to Shinjuku, were the Omoide Yokocho alleys finally stayed. Another example of narrow streets packed with bars is Golden Gai, in Kabukicho. Just a five minute walk from Shinjuku station.

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Soba and udon noodles shop in Omoide Yokocho alleys.

Nowadays, its gaining popularity amongst visitors, craving for yakitori and motsu-yaki, has brought lot of inconveniences for locals, as the area can’t hold all the tourists. The narrow streets get packed with hordes of cameras and selfie sticks, making it difficult to walk around.

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Omoide Yokocho alleys, Shinjuku.

The shops are as narrow as the streets, with capacity for only a few customers. Bringing a group of ten people for a bite is an impossible quest. Come out of peak hours for a chance to get a seat and enjoy a bit of history from Shinjuku.

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Omoide Yokocho alleys, Shinjuku.


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