Welcome to Waikiki Yokocho! My vision was simple… I love Japan and wanted to develop a beautiful dining experience replicating those found in Japan. Waikiki Yokocho brings the authentic feel of Japan to the heart of Waikiki for people from all over the world to experience. By introducing a variety of small restaurants together, it gives everyone a chance to “hop” from one place to the next, enjoying popular food and drinks from a variety of places. Come and experience the Waikiki Yokocho where you can make new friends while enjoying great foods and drinks from all over Japan!
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Walking through a “Yokocho” in Japan you will find a maze of narrow alleys lined with restaurants vying to pull you inside with their energetic sights and aromatic smells of their best dishes. With so many choices one can’t help but wanting to “hashigo” or to “hop” from one restaurant to another. Yokocho’s have come under a new renaissance in Japan where more and more young people and women come to enjoy good food, the cozy atmosphere and friendly conversations with other customers and staff.
This experience is what Waikiki Yokocho is bringing to Hawaii. With many of the restaurants being a first-to-Hawaii eatery, you will find no other place like it. Each restaurant has its own unique atmosphere with attention to details which makes Waikiki Yokocho a “must visit” destination. Within Waikiki Yokocho we have created three areas which you may find yourself wanting to “hashigo” till your heart and belly’s content.
For a savory selection of “Yokocho” food from authentic sushi to tempura, okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancake) to yakiniku (beef grill) you will find it all on Noren Street. Each restaurant will hang their unique “Noren” which are traditional Japanese fabric dividers showcasing their brand which you will need to walk through to visit inside.
An open terrace space which you can look up to the rooftop of Waikiki Shopping Plaza. This space connects Waikiki Yokocho to the rest of Waikiki’s shops and restaurants. “Engawa” traditionally refers to the side of the house facing the outside serving as a passageway and sitting place. You can find this area with welcoming cafes and bars to start off or end your experience at Waikiki Yokocho.
From the perfect springy noodles to the hot savory broths these ramen bowls will take you back to Japan with every sip you take. We’ve recreated a nostalgic feeling of Japan’s Edo period mixed with modern where you can taste authentic ramen from Japan. Four ramen options will be here to serve you.