Taking a Step Back in Time

Ever wondered what it feels like to take a step back in time? 

Of course, your adventurous heart has. 

While obviously not possible, there is a place that exists that seems to be untouched by the hands of time. Located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, lies a couple of alleyways brimming with life.


The official name for these alleys is Omoide Yokocho or Yakitori Alley. It also goes by the name of Memory Lane due to it practically being left untouched in the bustling city. With a few yen spare, one can grab some yakitori from one of the many vendors that inhabit the alleys, or you can grab some sake to quench your thirst, which also brings us to another name it is called.


Memory Lane is also known as “Piss Alley” due to it being a hotspot for workers to grab an after-work drink. Sometimes they will get a little more than they bargained for and will pass out somewhere around the alley, but don’t mind them, they are just unwinding after a hard day’s work.


The atmosphere of Memory Lane is unreal and is a treat for all your senses. The smell of the yakitori being cooked is incredibly pleasant and seeing the smoke rise up through the alley makes you feel like you are in a Studio Ghibli film.


I highly recommend anyone travelling to Tokyo to check Omoide Yokocho out and explore the bustling alleys as it truly does feel like stepping back in time 

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About the author: Dallian Macadam
I'm an aspiring photographer who loves to travel and experience various cultures. I don't just skim the surface, I dive right in. However I’m always respectful of other cultures. I have a passion for learning new things, after all, you can never have too much knowledge!

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