Under the Tracks
Under the tracks of the Yamanote line train, running from Tokyo to Shinbashi stations, you'll find hidden, unique dining experiences. Down here locals serve everything from specialty Japanese cuisines to unique international tastes—Thai, French, even Ethiopian—you name it! It is the journey of following your senses down here that makes it a food scene worth exploring and a walk to remember.
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
The Izakaya Experience: Japanese Bars
After work and on weekends Japanese frequent izakaya (Japanese pubs). Izakaya are lively establishments that traditionally serve Japanese lagers alongside bar snacks like gyoza (dumplings), yakitori (chicken skewers), and horumon (offal). Many izakaya offer nomihodai (all-you-can-drink deals), where for a fixed price and you can settle in for an evening of drinking. Roppongi’s Warayaki-ya is an open air, polished izakaya usually packed with business men unwinding from work. Yurakucho, the train stop between Tokyo Station and Ginza, has streets lined with reasonably priced izakaya. Try Hinomoto, tucked beneath the JR train tracks near Yurakucho station, for a cheerful environment and enjoyable meal.
By Erin Bogar, AFAR Local Expert
Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan