YOKOCHO in Japanese means ‘traditional shopping streets’ or ‘small alleys’. In Japan, different YOKOCHO has their characteristics and features. Some are nostalgic while some are very modern. It depends on your taste. Just go for that style you like.
UENO AMEYOKO SHOTENGAI (阿美橫丁)
Address: 6-10-7 Ueno, Taito-ku
Ameyoko, originally short for Ameya Yokocho (candy shop alley), is always lively with vendors calling out to potential customers. Apart from grocers, there are countless shops that carry shoes, clothing, and even international knick-knacks.
EBISU YOKOCHO (惠比壽橫丁)
Address: 1-7-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku
The long alley is lined with compact red paper restaurant lanterns, all crammed with a lively crowd. Each of the taverns is unique, so the best idea is to bar-hop and enjoy several of them.
SHINJUKU WEST EXIT OMOIDE YOKOCHO (新宿西口Omoide橫丁)
Address : Nishishinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku
Around 1946, when food was scarce in postwar Japan, stalls began selling roasted giblets with beef and pork obtained, relatively easily, from allied forces. The fact that many bars today serve skewered chicken and roasted giblets is a remnant of this past. Apart from bars, the alley also has many set-meal diners and second-hand ticket shops.
SHIBUYA NOMBEI YOKOCHO (澀谷飲兵衛橫丁)
Address : 1-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
With a number of popular skewered chicken bars, it’s the perfect spot to relax over drinks in Shibuya.
HARMONICA YOKOCHO (口琴橫丁)
Address : Kichijoji-Honcho 1-chome / 2-chome, Musashino-shi
Besides restaurants, the alley has a lineup of sundry shops and salons and fortune tellers that keep you exploring all day long.
OKAZU YOKOCHO (小菜橫丁)
Address : Torigoe 1-chome, Taito-ku
Shops selling prepared food and groceries line the 230-meter-long Okazu Yokocho (side-dish alley). The area of Torigoe once had many small factories, and was thus home to dual-income families, many of which bought prepared food and made good business for Okazu Yokocho.
Which YOKOCHO will you visit today?
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