Stretching for a total of 700m from the Meguro River across Yamate-dori in the direction of Yutenji, Koukashita opened in November 2016 and houses shops selling everything from books to wine, in addition to several noteworthy restaurants. Walking from the station towards Yutenji, you’ll come across an ideal bar-hopping strip composed of standing-only specialist sake bar Shin, yakiniku stall Jiromaru, Niwakaya Chosuke, an izakaya dedicated to udon, and so on.
Best of the lot is Samon, an oden specialist from Nagoya, distinguished by the rather eye-catching, oversized stew pot sitting outside the entrance. The oden is superb, simmered in a chicken and vegetable stock noted for its full-bodied and rich taste. Closer to the river you’ll find the playful Pavilion, which is perfect for a romantic date. Enter through the ‘secret door’ and you’ll be welcomed by art from star duo Kohei Nawa and Tatzu Nishi. The restaurant even has its own currency, which feels a bit gimmicky but still fun and can also be used to buy flowers for that special someone.