Yokocho or more commonly known as narrow streets packed with izakayas, bars, and eateries tucked away in Japan's busy streets are a popular place to drop by for a couple of drinks and authentic food appealing to office workers and foreign visitors alike. However, a new style yokocho, called the “Neo Yokocho” has been on the rise. Compared to the more traditional downtown vibe yokocho usually set outside or under the brick arches beneath the elevated train tracks, these “Neo Yokocho” are set indoor in a more instagrammable stylish clean atmosphere but retained the retro vibe from its interior designs. As it's usually set in a proximity to shopping malls, visitors and locals alike drop by for a casual lunch or dinner at these “Neo Yokocho” and are easier and safer for young generations to casually drop by compared to the traditional yokocho which are usually set in a more sketchy areas.
Shibuya Yokocho Alley
Boasting 19 eateries, Shibuya Yokocho Alley enable patrons to try a variety of authentic, local cuisines from all over Japan, ranging from Hokkaido in the north all the way to Okinawa in the south. The Shibuya Yokocho alley can be found on the first floor of MIYASHITA PARK, a multi-purpose complex that’s equipped with commercial areas, parking lots, and lodging spaces.READ MORE
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Shibuya Parco reopened in 2019 November now sports an impressive lineup of shops and restaurants. While its rooftop park makes a popular hangout, its basement floor, Chaos Kitchen with vibrant decor and wide range of restaurants can not be missed. The name seems too overwhelming but unlike any other department store food court, this basement floor boasts unique lineups from wagyu beef ramen and DIY teppanyaki hamburgs to vegan izakaya and even a peculiar restaurant offering fried bugs and insects.
Kome to Circus offering dishes made with insects
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On September 11, 2020 (Friday), JINGUMAE COMICHI has opened in Harajuku, Jingumae, based on the concept “bar hopping”. Over the two floors, there are 18 restaurants and bars inspired by all four corners of the globe. From the Michelin-starred restaurant, “Sincere BLUE” and “La Colere”, and a notable tenant, Beer Cellar Sapporo, Noodle Stand Tokyo and Ikuru, a standing sake bar, this new arcade of restaurants will surely satisfy anyone’s appetites.
EAT PLAY WORKS
A new six-storied co-working space that fosters creativity and innovation, Eat Play Works opened in Hiroo, near Shibuya in July 2020. The first two floors, which are open to both the public and to the members, are occupied by restaurants offering Japanese and international cuisine. There are 17 different restaurants each with their own distinct type of cuisine including ramen, Mexican, Vietnamese, and American.
Hibiya OKUROJI is a new shopping mall which opened in September 2020, under the elevated bridge between Yurakucho and Shinbashi stations. The mall boasts 30 shops, restaurants and bars, all nestled inside 100-year-old brick archways. There are various kinds of restaurants serving Japanese, German and Spanish dishes, various styles of bars and shops selling collectibles made by artisans.
In June 2020, Toranomon Yokocho opened on the third floor of the Toranomon Hills Business Tower. Compared to the traditional yokocho style, Toranomon Yokocho has a contemporary design with high ceilings. The ample space all gives this yokocho a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. There are 26 bars and restaurants exclusively selected within Tokyo gathered at this place offering Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French, Ethnic to American food. The admission to the restaurants are managed for its crowdedness via the LINE app (Japanese only), visitors can check not only how busy the restaurant is but also do mobile ordering of take-out food too.
Hibiya Gourmet Zone
Below the underpass located between JR Yurakucho and Shimbashi stations, Hibiya Gourmet Zone opened in July 2020 offering Italian food, raw fish cuisine, Thai cuisine, German beer and food, skewer-grilled cuisine, and ramen, from a total of 9 restaurants.
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URACORI, literally translated as Ginza Back Corridor is a new izakaya alley with night club in Ginza created under the overpass that connects Shimbashi and Yurakucho station. The alley holds several restaurants and a notable tenant not to be missed is the Tokyo Oden Love Story serving oden, a Japanese hot pot dish like fishcakes and radish served on skewers.
Entrance to Uracori
Oden served at Tokyo Oden Love Story
HIBIKOJI The Local Food Way
Hibikoji The Local Food Way, is a gourmet spot opened in February 2020 on the basement floor of the Hibiya International Building near Hibiya Park. Divided into two areas: the downtown and the Kyushu area. There are 10 restaurants and bars offering various Japanese gourmets and in the Kyushu area, it offers dishes and sake from the Kyushu area.READ MORE
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Not necessarily a “yokocho”, but at Bonus Track, a new commercial facility with cafes and small boutiques within walking distance from Shimokitazawa features Akita speciality store, Andon offering different local sake and food from Akita that can not be tasted anywhere else.
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Oimachi Bar Yokocho
Yet to be opened, Oimachi Bar Yokocho is planned to be opened within 2020, 3 minutes walk from Oimachi Station. Over the 8 restaurants and bars, there will be various gourmets offered.