Omoide Yokocho Is within a Three-Minute Walk from Shinjuku West Exit. Find The Green Signboard.
When you think of Shinjuku night, what comes to your mind will be Kabuki-cho or night view of the skyscrapers. In this bustling district, however, the area called Omoide Yokocho has a distinctive retro atmosphere. The alleys are lined with lots of cheap izakayas called ‘aka-chochin’ (red lanterns), and any strangers can become friends at the public restroom. Omoide Yokocho has been attracting more and more girls recently, which is a good thing!
Step into a Whole New World! Gifuya Gives You a Feel As If You Were in China!
The 1 meter wide lane is lined with cheap small izakayas, witch looks like a filming location of ‘shitamachi’ (old neighborhood). Everyone is wandering slowly to choose which izakaya to try.
Gifuya has a very unique interior with two ‘U-shaped’ counters and a difference in floor heights. This small hideaway is filled with red-faced customers, including salarymen, young girls, and foreigners.
‘Here, have some. I’ll pour some beer for you.’ ‘No no! I’ll do it for you!’ This is very Japanese! LOL!
What I’ve ordered is a seasonal set menu, consisting of a bottled beer and hot thick dumplings. It’s just 790 yen!
Echigoya Is Crowded with Foreigners Somehow...
The store name Echigoya is the same as the former name of Mitsukoshi Department Store (but no relation with each other). It’s filled with foreign customers including American, Spanish, Australian, Korean, and Chinese.
I order a draft beer and beef skewers. For some reason, only my beer has come in a highball mug, not a beer mug… Okay, I’ll try this new-style beer. Haha!
This is Echigoya’s beef skewers!
The stairs to the second floor are extremely steep and narrow. Be careful when you are drunk!
Caotic Izakaya Asadachi Is Totally Beyond Description!
The third place is Asadachi (aka Chaotic Izakaya). The store name (meaning morning wood) might remind you of some food to boost sexual stamina, and actually they do!
The first floor is filled with regular customers. I was asked to go upstairs, but…
The stairs is so steep and narrow! (30 meters in width, and angled at 80 degrees!) I go up the stairs carefully not to fall down, as I’m already drunk.
Then I was caught off guard by this shocking poster… I wish mine were bigger like yours…
The menu is written with too good handwriting to read…
A 'Mamushi' viper soaked in the liquor…
The clock remains stopped at 12…
Still, everyone is so happy!
Asadachi's grotesque food line-ups: Whole grilled/boiled frog (2800-3000 yen), Kin-tama (pig testicles, 600 yen), Grilled Salamandar (1000 en), and things like that.
A bottled beer with white ‘Hachinosu’ (beef reticulum).
I order Kamenote (Japanese goose barnacles), the stuff I’ve been curious about. It looks exactly like ‘turtle’s hand’ as the name suggests!(Actually it is shellfish.)
That’s all for today. Hope you try this weirdest pub-crawl at Omoide Yokocho, a totally new world!