3 Places to Explore in Shinjuku at Night
Jul 26, 2019
If you’ve ever taken a walk around Shinjuku, you may have noticed many long, hidden alleyways scattered throughout the city. If you go exploring, you’ll find the remains of post-war market places hidden in the corners of the city, traditional Japanese homes that have been renovated into bars, and many more establishments bursting with uniqueness. Exploring Shinjuku at night adds a new layer of excitement to the city!
The name Omoide Yokocho (translated as Memory Lane) remains from the post-war era. Omoide Yokocho is a small, cramped area filled with restaurants and bars. You can try many street foods such as yakitori (skewered grilled chicken), offal, and ramen here.
Though this area is much busier in the evening, there are spots open for lunch. One such space is Kameya (pictured above), a soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant that serves freshly made soba at reasonable prices. Be sure to try some soba with tempura toppings so you can try both of this shop’s offerings!
The Shinjuku West Exit Shopping District is often called Omoide Yokocho or Yakitori Yokocho. The area got its start as a market where the shops were separated by a wall made of a single layer of wood …
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Golden Gai has become a popular area for tourists from overseas to visit in recent years. This area packed with over 200 small bars can be found in the Kabukicho 1-chome district, right beside Hanazone Shrine. A long building that runs along the road holds several bars, so with so many packed into one area you’re sure to find one that matches how you’re feeling that night!
This area has a history of being a black market and a place where illegal prostitution occurred. In the 1960s, it was a place where cultural figures such as authors, comic artists, musicians and those in the movie industry gathered to drink cheap alcohol and have passionate discussions about a variety of topics. That same ambiance still remains to this day, drawing many visitors and young proprietors starting their own bars.
Shinjuku Golden Gai
A district of eateries and bars located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area. No more than 6,600 square meters in size, Golden Gai is filled with short wooden row house-style buildings, into which are squeezed mo…
Hobo Shinjuku Noren-gai
Go back in time at Hobo Shinjuku Noren-gai, a series of alleyways filled with Japanese-style bars that’s only a 6-minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station.
These bars are in old Japanese-style houses that have been renovated. The food offered varies from Asian cuisine to Italian. You can also find many different kinds of drinks, including Thai beer and champagne. Enjoy an unpretentious, simple, and tasteful drinking and dining experience at Noren-gai.
Check out our feature on Hobo Shinjuku Noren-gai here!
Next time you find yourself in Shinjuku with some free time, try exploring an area that you’ve never been to before. You may find a hidden spot of your very own!
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