Yamanote Line Food Tour: 5 specialties to discover

Typical miso ramen from Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Jun Seita

A trip for your tastebuds!

Every neighborhood on the Yamanote line is unique. Whether it's the architecture, the people, or the shops, each station has its own identity. That goes for the food, too! Discover 5 specialties on Tokyo's most popular train line.

1. Korean food in Shin-Okubo

Alternately a refuge for post-war Korean migrants, the pleasure district, and a temple of K-pop music in Tokyo, the story of Shin-Okubo closely follows the evolution of relations between Japan and South Korea since the beginning of the last century.

Read also: Okubo Koreatown

While today the neighborhood is mainly visited for its music stores and K-pop merchandise shops, it's also famous for its many cafes and restaurants! There are places where you will find a lot of Korean specialties, perhaps a bit less spicy than usually served on the other side of the Sea of Japan.

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).

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Korean food in Shin-Okubo

2. Golden-Gai in Shinjuku

Highly prized by the salarymen, Golden Gai in Shinjuku is a must to finish (or start) an evening. With its bars, lively little streets, and its many izakaya, its atmosphere of yesteryear will seduce both curious travelers in quest of the picturesque as well as young city people caught up in the frantic routine of Tokyo.


Where to go:

Golden-Gai is one of those places to be discovered by yourself. Don't hesitate to lose yourself in its narrow alleys and smells of alcohol and yakitori (Japanese meat skewers), you will always find something to enjoy.


Read more : Golden Gai

Golden-Gai, Shinjuku

4. The street food of Ameyoko (Ueno)

Ameyoko is probably one of the most famous neighborhoods on the Yamanote line when it comes to eating on the run. Offering cuisine from all over the world, there is absolutely something for everyone: Italian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, and even French food, you'll find plenty to eat on any street corner, since the area is full of food and drink stalls.

Read more: Ameyoko

Where to go:

As with Shinjuku's Golden-Gai, Ameyoko is a neighborhood that is best discovered by wandering through its many small streets.

Ameyoko, Tokyo

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