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Nishi-Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's conveniently located some 50 metres from Shinjuku Station west exit. Was pleasantly surprised that shops were open when we went around 4.30pm. By the time we left, it was really getting crowded. Opted for the shops that didn't speak English. Seems more authentic. Learning...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ChunKianCh0ng
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All of the one rating comments are true. Literally the worst experience I had in Japan. The vampire cafe comes in second. Try it for yourself! Goooo!!! I don’t understand why people would give a five star rating to a place that has a table...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank rpdbrpdbrpdb05301990
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this street, the flavors, the intimacy, the traditions.... we came back at least twice and spent our last night's dinner here too... Loved that we could hop into one spot and if we didn't like it enough, just head to another. Not a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank izuj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Compact little eatery alleyway right next to the station with plenty of little bars and restaurants. The food was interesting and tasty (lots of yakitori and beer) - feel free to wander into any shop that tickles your fancy. However be careful as some places...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Richy236
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading about this place in the Japan Forum I thought it might be my kind of place so we called in. This is a famous alleyway full of small narrow restaurants that fit maybe 10 diners in cramped seating. Quite smokey as these small...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank tommomelbourne
Reviewed 3 weeks 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gaijinintokyo
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 105jensl
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Somewhere O
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sftravellers94114
Reviewed November 5, 2018 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Crystalism
October 6, 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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tommomelbourne
September 28, 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.
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maryemiliel
April 10, 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.
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lendeliz
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Itinerary advice: 2 weeks Tokyo/Kyoto/Okayama/Shikoku/Himeji (4 Replies)
Hi all, 3 of us will be in Japan from 28 Nov to 11 Dec, and are currently in the midst of planning. We have a first-timer to Japan, and 2 of us have been to Kyoto & Osaka in 2011. We will not be driving, and tend to take things relatively slow. We would appreciate some advice on our itinerary please. Top priorities in our intinerary include: Viewing of Mt Fuji & autumn foliage, Tsukiji Market, Gion, Arashiyama (bamboo forest), Fushimi Inari, Korakuen, Himeji Jo, Kankakei Gorge. ...More
August 23, 2015|
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Dec456 I think you should book your hotel in Okayama for 3days and make day trips to Kankakei, Takamatsu and Hiroshima/Miyajima, Onomichi, Matsuyama etc.
Bernard L
Chicago, Illinois
Suggestions for all-nighter layover at Narita/Tokyo! (13 Replies)
Thank you for all and every advice from you guys! I am currently planning a Chicago-Hong Kong flight with a 20+ hr layover at NRT. I will arrive at NRT at 8:45p on a Friday and depart at 6:25p on Saturday. From my understanding, it would be around 11pm by the time I get to Tokyo, and we should be ready to leave town at ~3pm. I am dying to go to the Tsukiji market and eat breakfast there, so i got the idea that since we would want to be there rather early, we could pull an all-nighter....More
July 15, 2013|
Response fromBernard L|
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! so it looks like a trip into tokyo is feasible at least, and i should be able to have a brief look at it before leaving Asakusa looks interesting; are the two main attractions Sensoji and Nakamise arcade? This may sound silly, but are there any public baths, hot springs, etc. open through the night? Also, is there a "Yelp" type website for tokyo where I can find out more about individual restaurants? or recommended food blogs? Are there...More
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Tokyo Layover (8 Replies)
What is the best thing to do in Tokyo with 2 solid hours? Here's our situation: We'll arrive at NRT. We'll take the Skyliner and Yamanote line to Shinjuku Omoide Yokochō. Store our luggage at the station then spend our two hours at Omoide Yokocho (Or Golden Gai?). We'll return to Shinjuko Station to grab our luggage THEN take a taxi to HND for our flight to BKK. Is there anything more worthy of our two hours in Toyko? Considering we'll want to take in the best parts of Tokyo...More
September 22, 2018|
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What are the flight arrival and departure times?