Ginza is not only a shopping district but is also famous for its numerous dining and entertainment options. If you’re in the area and are looking for a lovely evening meal of grilled food and beer, the Yakitori Alley would be a perfect choice. Similar to Shinjuku’s famous Omoide Yokocho, it is probably one of the best places to finish your day after wandering around Tokyo all day long!
The alley is about a hundred meter stretch consisting of dozens of little restaurants and shops which are only closet-sized. There are many different foods available such as sushi, yakiniku, soba, noodles, and a lot more. The most popular of all foods is probably the yakitori. Yakitori is made using a skewer that can hold almost every part of a chicken, seasoned with sauce and salt and grilled on top of charcoal or fire. For those who prefer beef and pork, there are the motsuyaki. These are cheap dishes which go very well with the sake that’s sold along the bars and pubs. Some of the places serving good yakitori are Agasshai, Fujinoya, Ichi-fuji, Isuzu, Kabuto, Kikuya, Nagotaya, Saitamaya, Taro, Torie, Ucchan, Hinadori 1, Hinadori 2, Hinadori 4 and Horaiya 2.
The alley is shaped like the letter “U” and it is lined by tiny restaurants. Some of them are just made of a few bar seats and bar tables, where someone standing up and leaving the back seat will have the other customers in the place standing up and scooting up. If you’re looking for a comfortable, wide space then this is not the place for you. But if you’re after inexpensive yet delicious food, then this area will not let you down.
Yakitori Alley will offer a casual and fun atmosphere suitable for a relaxed night out with friends or co-workers. Some of the establishments have basic English menus to help you fill your order. Its convenient location nearby Tokyo Station allows diners to stay late while enjoying the cityscape. It is only a minute walk from Ginza Station and a 2-minute walk from Yurakucho Station.
This humble place is a great way to spend an evening with your friends and co-workers after work. It has a tempting aroma of grilled skewers which adds up to its festive enjoyable atmosphere. If you spent the day in the Tokyo Station and Imperial Palace area, don’t miss Yakitori Alley!
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