Have you ever wondered what delicious Japanese foods and drinks are hiding off the beaten path in Shibuya, Tokyo? Come on this food tour with Shizuka and Kyle as they discover Shibuya bars that revive the past and explore secret spots that only locals know about! This eating and drinking tour of Shibuya's retro backstreets includes stops at a tachinomi standing bar, a must-try ramen shop, Shibuya's Niku Yokocho ("Meat Alley"), and a dagashi (old-fashioned Japanese snack) bar. What surprises will Shizuka and Kyle find on this local food tour in Tokyo?
Shibuya is one of the busiest wards in Tokyo, known for its trendy fashion stores, famous sightseeing landmarks, and iconic shopping destinations. Some of the most well-known tourist attractions are easily accessible from Shibuya Station, such as busy Shibuya Crossing and the beloved Hachiko statue. But there's no shortage of surprising Shibuya bars, restaurants, and izakaya in this packed district, so why not use your time in Shibuya wisely and check out some secret, authentic hole-in-the-wall spots?
Shizuka and Kyle join their tour guide, Asami, for a bar crawl through the back streets of Shibuya, starting with a traditional Japanese style of standing bar, a uniquely chair-less experience where you stand at a table and guzzle down a pint of beer—then onto the next bar! This tachinomi style, common in Japan, is perfect for quick bar-hopping!
Next up is a notable ramen shop, revered among locals for their incredibly delicious ramen recipe. It's so well-loved, there's often a huge line around the block. Shizuka and Kyle wax poetic about this savory Chinese-style shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, with tender pork and thick broth. Watch the video to find out who wins the slurping contest!
After the ramen, they head off to Niku Yokocho, or Meat Alley, an indoor marketplace with nearly 30 small izakaya known for their mouth-watering meat dishes. Asami recommends an izakaya that's famous for their incredible chicken! And to their surprise, Shizuka and Kyle discover a chicken dish that doesn't look like chicken at first, but blows them away with its flavorful chili and garlic seasoning.
Last but not least, the tour's final stop is a dagashi bar that sells traditional Japanese penny candy and snacks! These cheap but delicious novelty sweets delight Shizuka and Kyle, transporting them 40-50 years into the past and filling them with childlike whimsy. Find out about this dagashi bar's secret "hit or miss" game using snacks in the video!
Want to experience the nightlife of Shibuya's back alleys yourself? Book the Retro Shibuya Food Tour, where you'll be personally guided through the best nostalgic eateries and bars in Shibuya that has to offer for 3 intensely delicious hours! Gain a deeper appreciation for Shibuya's cuisine and satisfy your appetite with this unique selection of drinks, local dishes, snacks, and dessert. Escape from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya's touristy areas and eat like a local; you'll be glad you did!