Omoide Yokocho Today
Omoide Yokocho is a perfectly safe place to visit. Look for a food stall with the outermost seats available, sit down, order a drink and a few small dishes. Almost all the restaurants and food stalls have English menus available.
Just look at the flow of people coming through the alley. It’s people watching at its best. Tokyo rarely gets more international than here - from the traditional sumo wrestler to the local salaryman to international tourists from Asia, Europe and beyond to tall African-Americans playing in the Japanese basketball league - you can expect to encounter all sorts of people here from everywhere. There might even be someone you know from your hometown walking down the alley (it happened to friends of mine on their first visit to Japan and Omoide Yokocho).