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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- The Strings by Intercontinental Tokyo
- Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato-ku
Card Kyle Lawrence
- 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.