Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley), Tokyo

Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley), Tokyo

Omoide Yokocho is sometimes referred to as Piss Alley, but tourists shouldn't let the name dissuade them from a visit. Another name commonly used for Omoide Yokocho is "Memory Lane," which may be more fitting for visitors who wish to make lasting memories of their trip to Tokyo.

Omoide Yokocho is a historic alley where tourists can find about 60 tiny bars and restaurant stands. The street is too narrow for more than two people to pass each other, which makes for an intimate and memorable meal.

Many of the vendors are open during the daytime, but the alley comes alive at night. No matter what time of the day or night a tourist visits, they should make sure to stop by for a quick meal or drink so they can see and experience an area that is unique to Tokyo.

Wondering where the nickname Piss Alley originated? The large number of bars and lack of public restrooms created a necessity for patrons to relieve themselves somewhere. That practice is no longer common. There is even a public restroom in the alley.

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Sight Name: Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley)
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan (See walking tours in Tokyo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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