By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler
Okachimachi is the station on the JR Yamanote Line between Ueno and Akihabara. The area near the station is great for both shopping and eating. For shopping, explore the Matsuzakaya Ueno/PARCO_ya Ueno department store or the shops on Ameyoko Market.
Ameyoko Market is located in the streets that run along the train tracks between Ueno and Okachimachi. Read more about it here: “Shopping for foodies in Tokyo - Ueno’s Ameyoko Market - Sweets, snacks, and everything you need to prepare traditional Japanese dishes & lots of eateries and bars” https://authentic-tokyo.com/news/detail?news_id=647
Under the train tracks between Okachimachi and Akihabara, you can find cafes, bars, and an interesting collection of boutiques and workshops selling made-in-Japan items. Read more here: “Shopping for handmade items in Tokyo at 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN - A hidden street filled with small workshops and boutiques”
Probably the tastiest way to explore the Okachimachi areas is to try some of its many good ramen shops.
Ramen Kamo to Negi (らーめん 鴨to葱 )
This shop’s name translates as “ramen duck and green onions” and this is exactly the delicious kind of ramen you can eat here. Choose from duck ramen, duck confit noodles, duck wonton noodles, or duck soup tsukesoba (soup and noodles served separately). If you are extra hungry, also order one of the small side dishes toro taku chirashi (tuna on rice) or oyakodon (duck and egg on rice).
Address: 6-4-15 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Tsukemen TETSU Okachimachi Ramen Yokocho Branch (つけめんTETSU 御徒町らーめん横町店)
If you never had tsukemen, TETSU is the place to visit and try. For tsukemen style ramen, noodles and soup are served separately. Dip the noodles in the soup before you slurp them up - because slurping is the best way to eat this dish. When you finish the noodles, add extra broth to the soup to finish. TETSU is known for its tsukemen, but also serves ramen style noodles and side dishes like chahan (fried rice).
Address: 5-10-14 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Ramen Tenjinshita Daiki (らーめん天神下 大喜)
This popular shop is known for its ramen made with delicious chicken stock. The basic menu items to start with are tori-soba (chicken soup) and shoyu ramen (soy sauce). Ramen Tenjinshita Daiki makes its own noodles and also serves them as tsukemen. You can choose between shoyu tsukemen (soy sauce) and shio tsukemen (salt).
Address: 2-4-4 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Please check in advance for business hours and holidays.
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