Shin-Okubo Station 新大久保駅

In the heart of Koreatown

The small Shin-Okubo station, much less known than its nearby big sister Shinjuku, hosts the famous Korean district of Tokyo.

The riches of Koreatown

 

On leaving the station, just go immediately to the right, passing under the tracks of the Yamanote. You will thus arrive directly on the main street, Shin-Okubo Dori, which serves the district. Restaurants, arcades, cosmetics stores, and K-pop shops abound. The district began to develop in the 80s, with the arrival of Korean emigrants, and the opening of Korean grocery stores.

The main street has a unique charm, with its colorful store signs written in Korean and its European-style green streetlights.

Gare de Shin-Okubo

The main street of Shin-Okubo

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Unable to go to Okubo and avoid the phenomenon K-pop, Korean pop.

Impossible to go to Okubo and avoid the K-pop phenomenon, Korean pop.

DR

Korean gastronomy is well represented in Shin-Okubo: on the various stands in the street, you can taste for a few hundred yen hotteoks (Korean pancakes filled with honey, cinnamon, or even cheese), hatogus ( sausage skewers and fried cheese), or enjoy a bubble tea, a drink made from tea and milk containing tasty tapioca balls.

After shopping, the area is full of bars and restaurants at a lower cost to spend a good evening. This is an opportunity to discover emblematic dishes such as kimchi, bibimbap, but also Korean barbecue, and bulgogi. Many restaurants offer you to grill slices of marinated meat (pork or beef) yourself on a central grill. Attention foodies!

Gare de Shin-Okubo

A neighborhood street-food stand

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Korean barbecue, kimbap, bulgogi or bibimbap, all the wonders that offers Korean cuisine can be found in Shin-Okubo (Tokyo).

Korean barbecue, kimbap, bulgogi or even bibimbap, all the wonders that Korean cuisine offers can be found in Shin-Okubo (Tokyo).

DR


Address, timetable & access

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    JR East: via the Yamanote line

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