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Asakusa's Hoppy Street: Nostalgic But Cheap Bars
Written by Kazuki Tsuchido
Hoppy Street in Asakusa is the place to go if you want to enjoy a nostalgic old downtown atmosphere and plenty of delicious dishes and of course, ice cold Hoppy!
What Is "Hoppy Street"?
On the west side of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is an 80m stretch of road filled with old-fashioned Japanese style bars called Hoppy Street. This street is crowded with both tourists and local regulars every day of the week.
There are both bar and table seats, and sometimes even seats outside as well. The sight of the red lanterns and other patrons having a good time is sure to inspire you to order another cup or two.
Each bar has its own personality, and the chatting voices and laughter of the customers and staff gives this street a fun, laid back atmosphere.
Low Priced and Easy to Drink: Hoppy
As you can assume from the name of this street, the target of the crowds is Hoppy, a low priced alcoholic beverage served at all of the bars here. Generally speaking, Hoppy is a mixer that is added to a mug of shochu (a strong alcohol similar to sake) before drinking.
Beef Stew: the Signature Dish of Hoppy Street
Hoppy Street is also known as "Nikomi Do-ri." Each bar has its own specialty beef stew, nikomi, and they are all great in their own ways.
Pulped beef gristle with plenty of green onions, a soy sauce based soup - this is so filling and good!
It's a lot of fun to try out several of the bars and taste the differences in the stews too.
Take a break in Asakusa and enjoy some old downtown charm on Hoppy Street!
Asakusa Hoppy Street
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 2-3-19
Access: 3 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station