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Asakusa's Hoppy Street: Nostalgic But Cheap Bars

Asakusa's Hoppy Street: Nostalgic But Cheap Bars

Tokyo 2014.03.31 Bookmark

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!

Translated by MATCHA_En

Written by Kazuki Tsuchido

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What Is "Hoppy Street"?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Pulped beef gristle with plenty of green onions, a soy sauce based soup - this is so filling and good!

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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!

Information

Asakusa Hoppy Street

Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 2-3-19
Access: 3 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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