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February 6, 2019

Fun Under the Rails!

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Tokyo's elevated railways are over a century old, and there's plenty to discover under the rails, from cozy pubs to surprising, cutting-edge innovations. Let's go under the tracks and see why these spaces are gaining traction with tourists.

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Motsuyaki Fuji An izakaya that's been in business 65 years under the tracks near Yurakucho Station. Its motsuyaki, grilled meat on skewers, is a delicious, affordable treat. A tight space where the train sounds overhead mingle with the laughter of the customers, it's a classic "under the tracks" Japanese pub.

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Sushi Daizen A sushi restaurant under the tracks near Yurakucho Station that specializes in blue-backed fish. It's especially known for its mackerel-and for its no-charge bring-your-own-drink policy that customers love.

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Torifuji An izakaya under the tracks near Yurakucho Station that's been in business 70 years. Enjoy homemade cooking from the owner, who's been working here for over half a century. The most prized recipe is milk wonton soup: hearty dumplings and vegetables simmered in milk. Some regulars have been coming for decades.

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Wash&Fold A stylish laundromat under the tracks near Naka-meguro Station. They offer a popular laundry drop-off service. Some tourists even leave a full suitcase of clothes before heading off for a day of sightseeing.

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2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan A commercial complex under the tracks between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. Has about fifty stores, all offering items crafted by artisans: leather goods, woodwork, umbrellas, jewelry and more. Some shops offer workshop tours or craft classes.

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1) Motsuyaki Fuji
Address: 2-1-10 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
2) Sushi Daizen
Address: 2-1-21 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
3) Torifuji
Address: 3-7-9 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
4) Wash&Fold
Address: 2-45-14 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
5) 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan
Address: 5-9 Taito-ku

Others

The Strings by Intercontinental Tokyo
Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato-ku

Reporter

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Card Kyle Lawrence

Nationality:
Canadian
Occupation:
Talent/Actor
When did you first come to Japan?:
2005, as an exchange student.
Reason for coming to Japan:
My interest in Japan was first sparked when I was about six years old and I saw "Akira" on television for the first time and have been hooked on anime and Japan ever since. My interest in the language came about when I made friends with some Japanese exchange students that came to my high school, and when I entered university my study of Japanese began. At the age of 20 while in university back in Canada, I participated in a one-year exchange program in Tokyo and the rest is history. I instantly fell in love with Japan and came back to live in Tokyo 7 years ago, and it's been a wonderful ride ever since.
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