Japanese Alleyway Eating Hits the Spot in Waikiki
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Japanese Alleyway Eating Hits the Spot in Waikiki

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Waikiki Yokocho

Waikiki Yokocho

It may very well be one of the best-kept secrets of Honolulu… An oasis showcasing the finest, most authentic and best priced flavors of Japan in the heart of Waikiki. Explore and indulge in the comfort foods of “gourmet alley” dining at Waikiki Yokocho.

Tempura Meshi Kaneko Hannosuke

The journey begins on Noren Street where the delicious and world-famous tempura bowls and dishes from Tempura Meshi Kaneko Hannosuke entice you. This extremely popular lunch and dinner spot showcases tender shrimp and vegetable tempura on perfectly steamed rice. The highest quality products and friendly service keep guests hungry for more. Be sure to follow the instructions on how best to enjoy each tempura bowl and plate, to savor every delectable bite.

Sizzle

Follow your ears and nose to Sizzle, where the Japanese BBQ, Wagyu and hot pot create a dining experience you’ll always remember. This authentic experience also specializes in fresh seafood, sushi and traditional savory shabu shabu. Be ready for tatami and floor seating for your comfort and enjoyment while you dine in this casual setting.

Kushikatsu Tanaka

Many of the regions in Japan are famous for their specialty cuisine. Now the famous taste and food from Osaka is available at your fingertips. Kushikatsu Tanaka serves the finest meats and vegetables in battered skewers that are then deep fried and served nice and hot with their famous specialty dipping sauce. The crispy crunch, tender meats and zesty sauce create an engaging yet friendly atmosphere for enjoyment.

Umami Teppan Kingyo

Flavor is bursting at the seams along with beautiful and vibrant decor at Umami Teppan Kingyo. Start with a larger than life beverage or sparkling spritzer, then prepare for sizzling plates and teppanyaki specialty meats. Sliced and then cooked to perfection the assortment of steaks and sauces will entice your tastebuds. Also worth saving room for… the okomiyaki pancake which is perfectly cooked, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Nin-Nin Japanese Style Curry

Nothing can compare to authentic, delicious and flavorful Japanese-style curry. Nin-Nin Japanese Style Curry takes those iconic flavors and infuses mild enhancements from Europe while maintaining the original taste and comfort elements. Rich curry, soup curry, simmered curry, sweet curry, noodles or rice, this healthy curry spot is nutritious, delicious and also serves fine essences of French cuisine with its authentic curry cuisine.

Beniya Sushi and Washoku

Beniya Sushi and Washoku is home to globally known Master Chef Tadamichi Ohta. Fine sushi and delicately prepared seafood dishes will tantalize, amaze and magically transport you to the coastal regions of Japan. The restaurant seats 60 people, but the Chef’s Bar is limited to 12 people and offers an up close and personal view of the expertly crafted sushi, delights and fine works of art being prepared just an arm’s length in front of you.

Marion Crepes

The newest addition to the Waikiki Yokocho gourmet alley dining experience incorporates a delectable favorite which originated in Japan. For those who are “madly in love with crepes,” welcome Marion Crepes. The sweet and savory options are a delightful meal in itself or a heavy snack. These Japanese-style crepes are bursting with flavor, freshness and impressive to look at while fun to enjoy. From ice cream and fresh fruits to house-made tuna and cheese this creperie is made-to-order and delicious.

Tsujita

Every day is a good day for ramen and Waikiki Yokocho is the mecca for the best tasting, best value and best quality ramen. Starting with tsukemen, Tsujita does not disappoint. If the long lines in both Tokyo and Los Angeles are any indication, the rich, hearty broth and chewy fresh noodles will spark a party in your mouth after the very first bite. The pork and seafood base to the dipping broth is mesmerizing, while the dipping process of the noodles into the broth with a squeeze of citrus makes mouths water. This is a “don’t miss” stop for noodle lovers.

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

Erupting with flavor Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen, also known as Volcano Ramen, will impress all the senses. Originally from Osaka, the ramen comes piping hot in a stone pot topped with metal cover that imitates the smoke and eruption of a volcano. Inside the classic tonokotsu broth, you’ll find flavorful meats, seafood, vegetables and noodles. Also available are classics like tantan, spicy and beef sukiyaki. The volcano is impressive, but the first bites and the rich noodle soup will really satisfy your cravings.

Ramen Bario

It melts in your mouth, soothes the soul and is known worldwide for offering some of the best ramen around — Ramen Bario specializes in ramen and tsukemen. Perfectly chewy needles with bean sprouts, egg and char siu round out the flavor and texture profiles of this amazingly popular ramen stop. Portion sizes are notably large, feature other edible treats like fried chicken, pot stickers and bowls are always “overflowing with ingredients and flavor.”

Baikohken

The quest for comfort food continues and no stranger to delivering on taste and tradition is Baikohken. This ramen shop is known for its tasty shoyu-based broth, umami flavors, generous portions and fresh made noodles. The broth base is offered in options of shoyu, shio and miso with other enhancements available, too, like butter corn. Get the pork, which is marinated overnight and extremely tender, perfectly cooked and tasty. Service is fast, attentive and bowls of delicious ramen are also affordable.

Nana’s Green Tea

Nestled within the center strip of Waikiki Yokocho you’ll find an array of eats and drinks. Nana’s Green Tea is heralded for its matcha ice cream, matcha latte and famous matcha parfait. But you’re not limited to just matcha, they also offer tea and coffee beverages along with additional flavors of soft serve to enjoy.

Shichimusubi

Perfectly crafted and delightfully delicious musubis are highly sought after and can be found at Shichimusubi. The organic omusubi rice (red, brown or white) is healthy, fresh and the best tasting. Ingredients range from unagi, ume, tuna, vegetables and more. It’s the perfect handheld snack to satisfy your hunger on the run or during a moment of zen.

NOMU

Looking to sit back relax and enjoy a spirited beverage? NOMU is the place to be. Serving unique cocktails, signature drinks (like the Matcha Old Fashioned topped with gold leaf) and specialty whiskeys, this is the one-stop shop to decompress and unwind. Bar seating and high top tables are available, additionally a more comfortable and secluded setting can be found at the adjacent POUR Lounge with it’s leather couches and unobtrusive cocktail service.

Like the busy streets and alleyways of Japan — which are fruitful with amazingly composed, delicious and hearty street foods and gourmet dining options — all these authentically amazing eateries can also be found in one air-conditioned convenient location, Waikiki Yokocho located in the lower level of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza.

Waikiki Yokocho Directions and Parking Information

You will find Waikiki Yokocho in the heart of Waikiki at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Facing Waikiki’s most well-known street, Kalakaua Avenue, just minutes away from the iconic Waikiki Beach. For those driving there are a few parking options which are walking distance of Waikiki Yokocho.

Waikiki Yokocho
2250 Kalakaua Avenue, Lower Level 100, Honolulu, HI 96815

Waikiki Shopping Plaza Parking
Waikiki Yokocho is located in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. They offer hourly parking rates during the day and flat rate parking in the evening and weekends. Enter from Seaside Avenue or Royal Hawaiian Avenue into Lauula Street to find the parking as you go up the ramp. Catch the elevator to down from the parking to reach Waikiki Yokocho.

Rates
Daily, till time of exit
$2.50 per half hour – cash only
Evenings, Sun-Thurs: 6PM – 12AM, Fri & Sat: 6PM – 2AM
Weekend day: Sat & Sun: 6:30AM – 6PM
$7.00 flat rate – cash only