Tachikawa Yatai-Mura Paradise in Tokyo: The Next Shinjuku Golden Gai
Tachikawa is known as central Tokyo’s bed/commuter town, and is where the popular “Yatai-Mura” is located. This “village” is called the Tachikawa Yatai-Mura Paradise, and is reminiscent of the Showa-period just like Shinjuku Golden Gai. It is a special space that will make you feel like you have wandered into a top secret hideaway. Recently it has become recognized as a new tourist attraction, and the number of overseas visitors has been increasing rapidly.
Kushiage (Deep fried vegetables and meat on skewer)
Gyu-tan (Cow tongue)
Every single one of the stores along the street look fantastic under the romantic lantern lighting, and each will make you feel at home while closely interacting with the shop owner. The best part of this experience is that you do not stay in one place long. The whole point is to eat and drink a little at one place, then move on to the next, and then the next. In Japan, we call this “hashigo (ladder)”, and it allows the Yatai-mura visitors to enjoy multiple spots in one night.
If the hotels in Tokyo are packed and you find yourself without a place to sleep that night, why not take a trip over to Tachikawa? It is not only the Tachikawa version of Shinjuku Golden Gai, but also has many large hotels nearby so you will be able to roll-in for a great nights sleep after grabbing a few drinks! Information: Map