You can find tiny food stalls with Japanese traditional atmosphere on the west side of Shinjuku Station. You’ll enjoy yakitori and Japanese sake.
Omoide Yokocho Alley
Omoide Yokocho (literally “Memory Lane”) history is old. It was born as a market in the burning field just after the end of the war. Even now, more than 70 restaurants and bars are crowded about 100 square meters of land, and they are located at Shinjuku station west entrance area where high-rise buildings stand.
Small-scale restaurants are lined up.
The inside of the restaurants is very narrow, so I recommend wearing casual clothes.
What to eat
There are some famous Yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) restaurants, so I recommend you eat yakitori. Of course you can drink Japanese sake and beer, too.
Japanese office workers came here to eat, drink, chat with a beer and yakitori.
Close to the West Exit of Shinjuku Station
Some restaurants are open from daytime, but I recommend visiting at night.
Most restaurants and bars are Open from 16:00 to 23:30.