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Let’s Enjoy Multi-cultural Food Experience in Okubo and Shin-Okubo!

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UpdateMarch 29, 2019
ReleaseMarch 7, 2019

The area around JR Shin-Okubo, which is one station away from Shinjuku on the Yamanote Line, and JR Okubo Station, only a 5-minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station, is famous as a Korean Town filled with Korean restaurants as well as shops and stores selling Korean items. This area has recently been transforming into a multinational town with various cultures from Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries. You can find various kinds of food from all over the world and enjoy authentic dishes. Let’s explore the chaotic area of Shin-Okubo and Okubo!

 

Koreatown

Shin-Okubo attracts many high-school girls in Tokyo. The area is packed with people looking for items related to popular Korean idol groups as well as Korean food.

 

Recommendation!

Hatogu

This Korean finger food looks like a hot dog but has a crispy outside and a cheese filling. When you bite into it, the melted cheese stretches out from inside. There is often a lineup of people who want to take a photo of that moment.

 

Hatogu

 

Islam Yokocho Street

 

Around Shin-Okubo Station, there is an area with many Muslim-friendly shops and stores selling halal food and spices as well as buildings with a prayer room. The aroma of spices from kebab and curry restaurants in this area makes you feel like you have wandered into a different country.

 

①GREEN NASCO

GREEN NASCO
 

With an eye-catching green sign, this store sells mostly halal foods, various spices, beans, and snacks.
The store does not sell alcohol beverages.

 

Recommendation!

It also sells freshly-cooked kebab at the front.

 

②Nasco Food Court

This restaurant which also has halal menu is popular among local foreigners as well as visitors.

Nasco Food Court

 

Recommendation!

Mutton biryani. Biryani is seasoned rice made with rice cooked with meat, fish, vegetables, and spices.

 

Nasco Food Court Mutton biryani
 

③ MoMo

This Nepali restaurant offers authentic Nepali dishes.

 

MoMo

 

Recommendation!

Momo. Nepali steamed gyoza (dumplings), with thinner skin than Chinese gyoza, served with a sauce.

 

Shinokubo MoMo

 

Chinatown

 

If you walk from Shin-Okubo Station towards Okubo Station, you can find a small Chinatown, which is jammed with Chinese grocery stores and Chinese bookstores. You can surely find authentic Chinese restaurants there, too.

 

Shin-Okubo Chinatown

 

Southeast Asia

You can find restaurants offering authentic Thai dishes and Vietnamese dishes.

 

④ Vietnam Pho

Serving a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes for reasonable prices.

Shin-okubo Vietnam Pho

 

Recommendation!

Bun Bo Hue. This spicy soup with tender beef tendon is addictive.

 

Shin-okubo Vietnam Pho Bun Bo Hue

 

⑤ Banh Mi Bami Oishi

 

Serving authentic Vietnamese sandwiches, Bahn Mi, filled with coriander leaves, meat, and vegetables. You can have them to go.

Banh Mi Bami Oishi

 

Recommendation!

Banh Mi patty pork. The combination of roasted pork and sour taste of a daikon radish is perfect!

Banh Mi Bami Oishi Banh Mi patty pork
 

⑥ Somoh Shin-Okubo

A popular restaurant in Shin-Okubo, serving authentic Thai dishes. The atmosphere makes you feel like you are in a resort in Thailand.

Somoh Shin-Okubo

 

Recommendation!

Khao soi. Egg-based noodles are served with a curry soup with rich coconut flavor.

 

Somoh Shin-Okubo
 

⑦ Shinokubo Asian Stall Village (Asia Yatai-mura)

 

If you are interested in various kinds of ethnic food, you should go to Asian Stall Village. Various kinds of food are served, including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Singaporean, and Indian dishes.

Shinokubo Asian Stall Village (Asia Yatai-mura)
 

*The information herein is as of February 2019.