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Yurakucho Yakitori Alley
Yurakucho Yakitori Alley

Yurakucho Yakitori Alley

Yurakucho Yakitori Alley, Tokyo, Japan

The basics

Yakitori Alley is squeezed beneath the train tracks around Yurakucho station, so the chug and clang of trains above will accompany your meal. Small stalls here sell grilled meats, seafood, and cold beer (with a few vegetarian options, too). Space is quite cramped, with some places having proper seating and others just benches and stools in the street. The area is particularly popular with Japanese salarymen (businessmen), but adventurous eaters are in for a treat at Yakitori Alley. Most travelers visit Yakitori Alley independently but some food tours of Tokyo include it on their itineraries.

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Things to know before you go

  • Don’t be put off by the somewhat questionable first impressions: Yakitori Alley is as safe as most other parts of central Tokyo.
  • Photography enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Yakitori Alley as the lanterns that hang outside many of the shops are very photogenic.
  • Despite its name and reputation, nowadays there’s a wider variety of food on offer here than just yakitori. If grilled meat isn’t your thing you’ll be able to find something else and still enjoy the ambience.
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How to get there

Yakitori Alley runs underneath the train tracks both north and south of Yurakucho Station, for about 600 yards (700 meters). Yurakucho station is on the JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines, and the Yurakucho Subway line. You can also get to Yakitori Alley via the Ginza Station on the Marunouchi and Hibiya Subway lines, and Hibiya Station on the Hibiya Subway line.

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When to get there

Evening is the best time to visit Yakitori Alley. Food and drink outlets are open late here. In winter or when there’s rain, be aware that at many places you’d have to sit outside.

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Visit Monja Street

Tokyo is full of little neighborhoods specializing in a single type of food. Head to Monjya Street (actually a collection of streets) on the artificially made Tsukishima Island to eat monjayaki–savory fried pancakes with cabbage, meat, and seafood. Buy the raw batter and then grill it yourself at your table.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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