4 Bar Hopping Areas in Tokyo

Ever wondered what nightlife is like in Japan?

For people grabbing drinks at night, Japan has plenty of popular, bar hopping areas called "Yokocho(横丁)". People often “hashigo(はしご)” or “bridge across” different bars with reasonable price and an old-school ambience.

Here are some bar hopping districts in Tokyo!

1) Harmonica Yokocho (Harmonica Alley) in Kichijoji(吉祥寺)

Located at Kichijoji(吉祥寺) Station, this area is just 15 minutes away from Shinjuku, and 20 minutes away from Shibuya. Its background lies in post-WWII era in the late-1940s, when a market opened up in front of the ruined Kichijoji Station. There are close to 100 bars and eateries lined up in the alley.

Gyoza Min Min(餃子 みんみん)

One of the most popular restaurants in Harmonica Alley is Min Min(みんみん), which serves Japanese dumplings (餃子: gyoza) filled with juicy meat and vegetables. Served often with beer, Min Min’s gyozas are reasonably priced at 5 dumplings for 420 yen.

Gyoza Min Min(餃子 みんみん)
Category: Chinese / Dumpling / Ramen
Address: 1-1-9 Kichijoji, Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo  180-0004
Tel: +81-3-3658-5378
Opening Hours: Open from 10:o0 a.m to 9:00 p.m
Budget: 1000-1999 Yen 

2) Nakano Bar Hopping Area(中野)

Located just outside the north exit of Nakano(中野) Station in the back alleys of the arcade street, Nakano bar hopping area is popular among locals, businessmen, and women. With a university located nearby, the area is also popular among young Japanese people.

Mackerel Restaurant Saba Gin(さば銀) 

Ever eaten a mackerel fish? Saba Gin is a restaurant that specializes in mackerel dishes, a fish commonly eaten in Japan. The restaurant arranges and serves dishes that go along with Japanese sake. With unique take on Japanese dishes, Saba Gin is also perfect for anyone seeking a different side of Japanese cuisine.

Mackerel Restaurant Saba Gin(さば銀)  
Category: Japanese / Sashimi / Sake
Address: 5-32-9 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo  164-0001
Tel: +81-50-5594-7217
Opening Hours: Open from 4:30 p.m to 12:00 a.m ※Closed on Sunday
Budget: 3000-3999 Yen 

3) Nonbee Yokocho (Drunkard Alley) in Shibuya(渋谷)

Shibuya might be popular among young people, but it also has areas for older adults. From the Hachiko statue, walk towards Shibuya Hikarie building. The alley is located just under the underpass, with red lanterns lighting up the street. This area is popular among businessmen and tourists. 

Yakitori “Torifuku”(鳥福)

Yakitori chicken skewers line up the countertop of this bar. Torifuku’s tsukune - minced chicken meat skewers (think chicken meatball on a stick)- is a must-try!

Yakitori "Torifuku"(鳥福)  
Category: Japanese / Yakitori / Beer
Address: 1-25-10 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo  150-0002
Tel: +81-3-3499-4978
Opening Hours: Open from 4:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m ※Closed on Sunday
Budget: 6000-7999 Yen 

4) Underpass areas of Koenji(高円寺)

Wander into the underpass areas of Koenji(高円寺) and you’ll find a bar hopping area reminiscent of Japan from the past. From Japanese izakayas well visited by locals to fancy bars popular among women, the area is famous for its variety of places to eat and drink.

Motsu nabe Kurara(くらら)

本当に美味しいもつ鍋。 もつ、見えませんが(笑)

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Motsu nabe is a Japanese hot pot dish made of offal (organ meats) of cows and pigs, and served in a lightly flavored soup. Kurara is famous for its beef motsu nabe with soy sauce-based soup. You can choose how spicy you want the soup to be, ranging from light, very spicy, to tom yum goong-flavored.

Motsu nabe Kurara(くらら)  
Category: Japanese / Motsu Nabe(Offel Hot Pot)
Address: 3-68-1 Koenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo  166-0003
Tel: +81-3-3336-2342
Opening Hours: Open from 6:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m ※Closed on Monday
Budget: 2000-2999 Yen 

Why don’t you try going to one and experience local bar hopping while being in Tokyo?

You can find more informations about Funny and Weird Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo on this article.