For anyone looking to experience authentic Japanese cuisine or unwind with a few drinks, old-school alleyways known as yokocho are the place to be. The latest addition to Tokyo's dining scene is Shibuya Yokocho, which will open to the public on June 18, 2020 . Boasting 19 eateries, this alley will 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.
Japan features 47 prefectures with diverse culinary cultures. If you're curious about soul food from different regions but don't have time to travel around the country, Shibuya Yokocho has you covered. The 100-meter-long alley is filled with eateries from all corners of Japan: Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Yokohama's China Town, Hokuriku, Kinki (Kansai), Tokai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Okinawa. Korean cuisine is also represented in the alley. All of the eateries can be found on the same floor, so you can easily hop from one place to another. From fresh seafood and casual local eats to one-bowl dishes and noodles, you can find all sorts of tasty food. Local alcoholic drinks such as sake and shochu (Japanese vodka) are also available in the alley.
There are many different ways to enjoy this gastronomic treasure trove. For example, it'd be fun for ramen fans to compare ramen from three different cities: Sapporo, Onomichi, and Hakata. Sapporo ramen features miso broth, Onomichi ramen is made using soy sauce and chicken broth while Hakata Ramen is based on a pork bone broth. The toppings and types of noodles also vary, so although it's the same dish, they all taste unique to one another.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a Japan-themed entertainment restaurant, you can try a sumo stew diner owned by a former sumo wrestler. Sumo stew, also known as chankonabe, is a staple for sumo wrestlers to help them gain weight and increase their stamina. It’s an interesting way to gain insight into why they are so powerful! The alley also features a karaoke bar (nighttime only), so if you feel the need to sing your heart out, give this place a try.
In addition to being a culinary hotspot, Shibuya Yokocho will also serve as a communal space to connect visitors with regional Japanese culture. DJ performances and traditional events like the Bon Odori dance will take place on the alley’s event stage, together with “Cool Japan” related events including anime characters and virtual YouTubers.