Tokyo generally experiences early sunsets all year round. During the summer, daylight lasts until about 7pm in the evening. But during the colder months such as November and December, the country will already be blanketed in darkness once it hits 4pm. This definitely makes the days in Tokyo much shorter, especially when shops would close earlier too.
Step out of your hotel at 8pm, and you will probably have a hard time finding restaurants or stores that are still open. Shinjuku, however, never sleeps.
If you are one for a good late-night drink or if you just need a late night snack, here are 7 Food Places in Shinjuku (Tokyo) that open till late.
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Harajuku in Tokyo has always been known as the place where bold fashion comes to life, vibrant colours dot the streets, and Lolita dressing reigns supreme. It is where you find all things crazy and out-of-the-world.
Among its multitude of themed cafes sits Kawaii Monster Café, a kaleidoscopic spot that has been attracting visitors ever since it opened its doors in late 2015. The interiors reflect the essence of Harajuku dreams—gigantic lips, swirling colours, and kiddie carousels. Even their food is colourful!
As you take a stroll down Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, you will be greeted with a plethora of snack stations, eateries and coveted sushi restaurants. There are a number of big names here, one to look out for is Sushi Zanmai—a popular choice among both locals and tourists.
Despite being a sushi chain, Sushi Zanmai is still commendable. The ingredients are extremely fresh and each sushi is intricately made by the team of expert sushi chefs behind the sushi counter. You can even catch the chefs in action up close if you manage to snag a sushi counter seat.
Sushi Zanmai’s sushi platters are well loved because they are considerably inexpensive for the amount and quality. Our tummies were certainly satisfied after gobbling them up. Here is why you need to visit Sushi Zanmai.
Japan is home to many remarkable food and Japanese cuisine is something that the world loves. We’ve got sushi and sashimi, ramen and udon, omu rice and tonkatsu.
And the latest dish that people in Tokyo are crazy about is gyukatsu – deep-fried breaded beef cutlet. It is very much like the tonkatsu (deep-fried breaded pork cutlet) that we are all familiar with.
Well, because we are such fans of Japanese cuisine, we had to give gyukatsu a go, of course. Here’s where you can try the famous gyukatsu in Tokyo – Gyukatsu Motomura.
It will probably be a long wait if you want to dine at Afuri, a popular ramen restaurant in Tokyo.
Afuri has many outlets in Tokyo and we went to the one in Harajuku. The small unit sits just under 20 diners at one time, but the number of hungry diners in the queue is easily three times more than that. Everyone comes here for the famous yuzu ramen, and we too joined the queue on a cold night – when the temperature was almost single digit and the winds were strong.
But that did not stop us (or anyone else) from waiting for a seat at Afuri. We were to realise that it was going to be a great dinner.
Tsukiji Fish Market – one of the world’s largest and oldest wholesale seafood market – needs no elaborate introduction. The iconic destination is where Japan’s fish traders gather to barter for the best fishes and where avid global foodies congregate to savour the freshest sashimi.
However, Tsukiji Fish Market’s current venue at Chuo Ward, Tokyo, will have to shift to a new location on 07 Nov 2016 to make way for the 2020 Olympic Games.
If you want to visit the market at its original venue, we suggest you start making your travel plans now before it ceases operations on 02 Nov 2016.
Tsukiji Market is a must-visit destination for every discerning foodie. Home to the world’s freshest sashimi, their high quality seafood will be the best you ever had. The fish market is equally famous for their legendary tuna auctions and you can watch them for free.
What most travellers did not know is that watching this tuna auction actually requires a lot of preparation and planning – even so, admission is still not guaranteed. The legendary Tsukiji Market is set to move in late 2016 to make way for the Olympics and there is definitely no better time than now to visit it.
Here are 5 things you should know before slotting Tsukiji Market’s Tuna Auction into your Tokyo itinerary.