Shibuya 渋谷 in Tokyo Japan has many back streets often containing some of the best hidden gems of restaurants and local bars.
Salary men leave the late night restaurant and bar district in the port city of Takamatsu 高松, Shikoku Japan.
Man passing run down building in the the Shinsekai area of Osaka. 大坂 新世界 日本
Streets of Osaka in the Shinsekai area Japan / 大坂 新世界 日本. This is known as the most run down and dangerous area of Japan as it was heavily occupied by the Yakuza and crime was rampant. These days it is still run down almost as it has been forgotten by Osaka itself. The area still hosts gaming halls for Shogi, Gomoku and Mahjong inhabited by the elderly. It also hosts a large transvestite community. However despite the rough image the food here is at a very good price and is as tasty as anywhere else in Japan so check it out for the out of norm experience in Japan. (Note: Japan is known for its very low crime rate and almost eat off the streets cleanliness)
The Sankei Club (三桂クラブ大坂 新世界) in Shinsekai area of Osaka Japan.
The Sinsekai area (New World) can be called literally Shogi Town do to having many Shogi gaming halls within its boarders from decades back. The area still hosts gaming halls for Shogi mainly inhabited by the elderly though many young kids are taking up the game. In recent years Shogi has seen a spike with new young players as the game is thought to help improve young minds especially with their grades. Here is another busy night at the Sankei Club with almost all seats full. The building itself is very old and almost unchanged in decor since its birth. To play it costs 300 Yen per hour or 1000 Yen for over four hours or to stay all day and relax.
Kyoto’s Gion district comes to life at sunset.
The Gion district is located in Kyoto and is famous for its entertainment nightlife. Establishments such as restaurants of all types, bars, clubs and tea houses line the area. Gion however is most famous for its Machiya (町屋/町家) traditional wooden townhouses along with its entertainers the Geiko and Maiko dawning the colorful Japanese traditional garment the Kimono (きもの).
Train leaves Hamaotsu station in city of Otsu
Otsu city located on the southern end of Lake Biwa briefly served as the capital of Japan from 667 to 672 AD during the Asuka period (538 – 710). The area of the city has an old historical feel to it as you roam the neighborhoods. I visited a local bar that is still running for over 50 years unchanged.
Old shops line the empty streets of Otsu
Heading North from Otsu station towards Lake Biwa and Hamaotsu Stationis a street lined with many old shops mostly catering to locals. Unlike Tokyo or other major cities in Japan, rural areas don’t have the madhouse rush to get home from work.
Back Streets of Gion in Kyoto –祇園
Restaurants and entertainment establishments line the alleys of Kyoto in the Gion district awaiting to be discovered by the curious traveler.