Izakaya Hopping in Shinjuku: 3 Recommended Izakaya in Omoide Yokocho!



In the heart of Tokyo, Shinjuku is a lively district with modern vibes and cultural appeal. Famous spots such as Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the vibrant Kabukicho nightlife make it a must-visit for visitors, blending tradition and contemporary allure.

This time, I went bar hopping from noon at Omoide Yokocho, located at the west exit of Shinjuku! Not many shops are open from noon, but some are actually open in the morning. Visited three izakaya shops this time, so please check out this page and enjoy your wonderful izakaya experience✨

*Please note that the information and prices listed are subject to change.

Travel Itinerary

Omoide Yokocho, Shinjuku (新宿 思い出横丁)

Izakaya area at the west exit of Shinjuku Station
This area originated as a black market during the war.
Enjoy the retro Showa-era atmosphere while drinking.

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Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho is a shopping street located in Nishi-Shinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Also known as Yakitori Yokocho or Shonben Yokocho, it has a history from the postwar black market to the present. It is also known as a drinking district at the west exit of Shinjuku Station, where you can enjoy the retro Showa-era atmosphere while having a drink.

Gifuya (岐阜屋)

First stop: Affordable, Delicious, Generous! – a beloved Chinese restaurant for all.
You can just visit for dinner without drinking! It opens in the morning.

The menu ranges from snacks to meals.

It’s good!

Stir-fried meat and vegetables: 530 yen

The fried rice (with soup) for 600 yen is also delicious!

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Gifuya is a Chinese restaurant located in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Prices are reasonable and the restaurant is open from morning, so we recommend visiting here for a meal and also for drinking. The restaurant is loved by locals, and the generous portions are very satisfying.

Taro (タロー)

Second stop: A spot where the staff is energetic and friendly!
The shop is small, but that is also one of the charms of Omoide Yokocho.

Good texture

Gizzard: 300 yen

So good!

Garlic: 400 yen

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This izakaya shop called Taro is located in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Known for its welcoming atmosphere, this shop has a reputation for having lively and friendly staffs.

Motsuyaki Ucchan (もつ焼きウッチャン)

Final stop: A popular izakaya in Omoide Yokocho!
This shop receives high praise from visitors, and indeed, it was delicious✨
The shop attracts not only group visitors but also solo, couple, and female customers!

It opens at 4:00pm.

Plenty of green onions

Kobukuro (pork offal): 490 yen

It’s good!

liver yakitori with green onion: 470 yen

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Motsuyaki Ucchan is izakaya shop located in Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. All the dishes are delicious, in particular, the motsuyaki (grilled offal) is excellent. It is one of the most popular shops in Omoide Yokocho. Opens at 4:00pm.

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