Piss Alley

Day 5 · Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Scroll down

When we got to Tokyo after visiting Nikko we were starving, and what’s the best place to have a late dinner if not Shinjuku?

We got out of Shinjuku station through one of its 200+ exits, heading north looking for a place to eat. We wandered around for a while looking for seats in any restaurant we could find and then spotted two empty places in the tinniest of places.

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It was one of those places where you order your food ahead of time, outside the restaurant, through a vending machine. Each menu item has a corresponding button: you insert the money, choose the dish you’d like to have by clicking on it, out comes a ticket, and a bell goes off, letting them know inside that someone just ordered. Next step would be to go in, take a seat and have a delicious meal. And delicious it was: two orders of katsudon!

After putting out heads down and devour every last bite of what the tiny little lady put in front of us, we took a stroll around the area and stumbled on Omoide Yokocho — a little narrow street we’ve heard of as Piss Alley or Memory Lane. It consists of really small eateries (mostly yakitori) where people have fun, relax, eat good food and have a drink or two. Or four. We’ll leave you with the photos, they’ll explain what it is better than we’ll ever be able to.

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