A series of narrow lanes that run alongside the north of Shinjuku railway station, Memory Lane has been a part of Tokyo life for decades. The ‘unofficial’ nickname, ‘Piss Alley’, refers to the lack of public facilities that once blighted the street, but you’ll be glad to know that after a renovation in the 1990s this is no longer an issue!
The best way to enjoy the street is to throw yourself into the throng and go with the flow. Locals and tourists alike cram into the various tiny restaurants to try yakitori skewers, ramen and udon noodle dishes, all washed down with a cold beer. If the idea of going it alone makes you nervous you can join a foodie tour with an experienced local guide to get the most out of your Omoide Yochoko experience.