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Experience the izakaya pub culture under the Shimbashi railway tracks!


Cheap and tasty, a restaurant that the locals go to every day, that’s a Japanese “izakaya“.
An “izakaya” is basically a Japanese pub where you can drink alcohol and eat small dishes. In Tokyo, where space is limited, some of the izakayas gather in a very unusual location. These are the restaurants under the JR railway viaduct.

 railway viaduct

The historic railway viaduct at JR Shimbashi station

There are many people in Tokyo who commute to their company for over an hour each day. That’s one reason why many employees go out for food before setting out on the long way home. In the evenings in the Shimbashi area, where many companies are concentrating, office workers who worked late in their offices come together. They eat and drink together with their colleagues for dinner while releasing some stress.


Everyone in Tokyo knows the little restaurants under the railway tracks. Every time the train passes by, the whole store rumbles and shakes – it is extremely loud. But strangely for some reason, it is this narrowness and atmosphere that makes this type of izakaya so comfortable!

If you are unsure skewered food is the choice!

Yakiton Hirochan

“Yakiton Hirochan” has great retro vibes and really tasty food

My friends and I were in the “yakiton” (fried pork) specialty store “Yakiton Hirochan” the other day. In this cozy pub, you can enjoy not only pork on skewers, offal, and vegetables but also typical izakaya dishes, such as “potato salad” or “cucumber with plum”. Every dish was fresh and tasty!

Yakiton Hirochan

Cucumber with salty plum dip


Pork and green onion skewers – this is something you should definitely order

For those who don’t speak Japanese, Japanese izakaya can be a hurdle. However, this restaurant has an English menu – so, no problem!


The English menu is easy to understand…and look at the reasonable pricing!

Have a drink with the locals!

The distance between the tables is very close, which is typical for an izakaya. So it can happen that you start a conversation with the people at the next tables. Also, the staff was very friendly and talked to all of the guests. If you like to get in touch with the locals, you should definitely go to an izakaya!

Yakiton Hirochan


Yakiton Hirochan

Japanese izakayas are a lot of fun!

As the night deepened, more and more employees and women in kimonos poured into the restaurant. I wondered where and with what they work. Watching people in an izakaya is also fun. In addition, the delicious food, the drinks and the helpful and friendly staff of “Yakiton Hirochan” – perfect! Therefore, if you feel like having a drink with the locals, you shouldn’t miss the small izakayas under the railway viaduct!

Yakiton Hirochan

We had a great night!!

Yakiton Hirochan

1-13-3 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 17: 00-23: 30
Closed: Sundays and holidays

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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