Known as Tokyo’s Koreatown, Shin-Okubo has plenty of delicious South Korean restaurants to choose from. If you can’t quite decide what to get, head over to this new yokocho (food alley) about five minutes’ walk from Shin-Okubo Station.
The two-storey complex is 60 metres long and houses ten different restaurants, with seats for up to 450 people on the first floor alone. The inside looks just like an alleyway you’d find in South Korea, packed with colourful neon signs, lanterns and irresistible food.
You can snack on traditional street foods like chijimi green onion pancakes and kimbap (Korean sushi roll), fill up on zhajiangmian noodles and samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly), or try unusual dishes like braised pig’s feet. And of course, you can kick back and sip on soju and makgeolli (Korean rice wine), too.
To make a night of it, head up to the second floor, which houses eight karaoke rooms, plus a range of bars, and a lounge area with 30 additional seats.