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Nishi-Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3342-1589
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I believe it used to be amazing where locals have a drink after work. But now too touristy. Worth visit! Not a great chicken skewer restaurants. But if you insist to have a seat one of restaurants. -see if locals are seating (not too hard...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leethebreeze
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just don't go in the summer because it's really, really hot and there is no A/C. The places are clean and the food is good and follows high standards of quality like everything in Japan, they have to follow the government regulations, so don't be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right next to Shinjuku Station this is a fun place to visit for dinner. Yes there are lots of tourists but there are lots of locals too and the food at the small place we chose was excellent. Food on sticks and beer - couldn’t...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Flintstones123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This set of alleys, immediately outside Shinjuku train station offers a host of small restaurants that feature yakitori, seafood, and fresh vegetables. Some places require you order a set to ensure you aren't just eating a small bite for the experience. There are dozens of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RoamerGaia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An iconic, smoky little alley of Yakitori stalls, decorated with fake Maple leaves. If you don't speak Japanese it might be a little intimidating to eat there, so bring a Japanese friend.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank D500QImatthewl
Reviewed December 12, 2018

I've seen this place online many times but ended up discovering it by accident! Unfortunately you aren't allowed to take photos which was really frustrating for me since it looks amazing. The restaurants are very crowded (literally as crowded as the train, the entire street...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank aimeetravelstheworld
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Its a bit of tourist hotspot, the atmosphere ok, but the food is so so and a bit expensive, maybe because so many tourist flock in this area. But if you want to experience it that would be finel

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 730faridn
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I stumbled upon this alley of heavenly yakitori food when I was in Tokyo on business staying nearby at the Hilton. It is one of my favorite things I've done in Tokyo. There were many locals as well as foreign travelers enjoying fresh yakitori off...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank julieanniamiam
Reviewed December 2, 2018 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
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 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
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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and
contains the busiest train station in the world. To
the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the
east, there’s a district with long-established
department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku
Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the
Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for
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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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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.
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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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|
Response fromHiromi K|
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.
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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?