How the alleys of Arakicho is formed

“路地の名店” (finest restaurants in the back alleys) is a phrase used in Japanese. “路地” (roji, meaning “passageway”) originates from the character “露地” (roji, meaning “small garden or park).

Since Japan is a small island and uses its land effectively, land used as small gardens or parks was only found in the feudal lord’s residence.

The land was used to build houses, and only had space for narrow passageways, which the word, “roji” was referred to “narrow alleys” and not “small gardens and parks” from this reason.


The alleys were not just used as a passageway but was also a place of communication for the commoners in the time

The alleys a space where people gathered and talked in the garden. You can find such alleys in Europe.

“路地の名店” (finest restaurants in the back alleys) is a phrase in Japanese which expresses the culture of the area. With its history from back in the days and finest restaurants gathered.

People find this unique area worth to visit. Though the narrow alleys are hard to find for not being connected to a wide street, people are amazed when finding the alleys, the hidden restaurants, the great food, and the welcoming locals.


The whole town of Arakicho is made out of the finest restaurants

There are other areas with restaurants lined up in the alleys in Tokyo, such as Hiroo and Azabu, but Arakaicho is the only place where the nostalgic atmosphere still remains with restaurants gathered in the small area.

Though the area is not well-known from the people who live in Tokyo, the restaurants are used by regulars working nearby.

In recent years, Arakicho started its promotion to invite young people and tourists to the town.


All kinds of specialty restaurants gathered in the small area is not something you would find elsewhere

Arakicho is well known for the diverseness of the types of restaurants gathered. There are authentic Japanese restaurants with its long history, Italian restaurants, cafes, ramen shops, American cuisines, unagi (eel) restaurants, bars, izakaya…and what Japanese culture calls “snacks” which is a karaoke bar run by a lady.

There are close to 300 restaurants in a small area which can be explored in 10 minutes in the nostalgic alleys. Taking a walk in the day time will have a completely different feel. Enjoy Arakicho both in the day time and night.

You will surely find a restaurant or bar you’ll want to try when strolling down the alley while it’s still bright, and make it your second or even third stop for the night.

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