Street food hunt at Togoshi Ginza Shotengai

Togoshi Ginza may be the longest shotengai (shopping street) in Tokyo at 1.3km, but what sets Togoshi Ginza apart from other shotengai in Tokyo is not just its length, but its appearance as well. There is a visible lack of utility poles here, making the street look uncluttered and more spacious.

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The street is closed to cars from Monday to Saturday between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, and from 2:00pm to 7:00pm on Sundays and holidays. This move makes the street easy to walk about in when there are no cars passing by the narrow roads.

This street is also interesting in that it has its own official mascot, Togoshi Ginjiro, or if you prefer a more affectionate term, Gin-chan. There are many Gin-chan statues scattered throughout the street, but there are three life-sized statues known as the 開運銀ちゃん (Gin-chan of Good Fortune) in particular you should look out for. They each hold a different coloured ball in their hands which will bless you if you rub the ball.

ラブリー銀ちゃん (Lovely Gin-chan) with the pink ball will bless you with sweet shojo-manga-like romance, ヘルシー銀ちゃん (Healthy Gin-chan) with the blue ball will put you in the pink of health, and ラッキー銀ちゃん (Lucky Gin-chan) with the gold ball will bestow you with good fortune.

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ラブリー銀ちゃん (Lovely Gin-chan)
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ヘルシー銀ちゃん (Healthy Gin-chan)
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ラッキー銀ちゃん (Lucky Gin-chan)

And if you are very lucky, like I was (maybe because I had rubbed the gold ball), you might actually meet the actual Gin-chan in person. I even met Gin-chan’s neighbour, Osaki Ichibantaro, Osaki’s official mascot. Needless to say, kids are just so enamoured by these mascots, but even the adults are unable to escape their lively charm.

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Now on to the highlight of the post. The food. Togoshi Ginza has so many street food to offer, and some of them are really interesting and delicious.

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My eyes led me to the first shop where there was a long queue. This is a rice ball stick wrapped with chargrilled pork, an interesting combination whereby the meat envelopes the rice, lending a smokey taste to the white rice. Besides take-out, the shop also has a restaurant inside for you to eat in.
Tontan | 炭火焼 とんたん
2-5-1 Togoshi, Shinagawa, Tokyo 142-0041
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00 (L.O.22:00)

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I have a weakness for crispy xiao long bao (chinese soup dumpling), I can never get enough of them. And this shop gets it right with a nice crunchy skin on the outside and hot piping soup on the inside.

Ryuuki | 龍輝
Address: 2-6-4 Togoshi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00


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This shop is famous for its oden (one-pot winter dish) croquette, so I definitely had to buy one to try. Another quirky combination that turned out to be really good. Somehow they have captured the goodness of oden broth within the meat inside the croquette. This shop also sells a variety of other street food, and I simply couldn’t resist a cheese hanpen, as I love hanpen. Crispy on the outsides, with a fluffy hanpen stuffed with melted cheese. What’s there not to like about it?
Goto Kamabokoten|後藤蒲鉾店
Address: 2-6-8 Togoshi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Closed on Tuesdays

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If you love Japan for its kawaii (cute) food, you will not want to miss this shop. They sell doughnuts with various cute animal coating, and though they may look like they will give you a sugar high, they are actually not cloyingly sweet, and the doughnut is dense and crispy with a touch of nutty aftertaste.

Floresta Togoshi Ginza | フロレスタ戸越銀座店
Address: 2-18-8 Hiratsuka, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00


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And this is my absolute favourite. OkonomiTaiyaki, which is only available on Saturdays and Sundays, sounds like yet another queer mishmash that is actually a perfect bled. The taiyaki is soft and fluffy like a pancake, and goes extremely well with the okonomiyaki filling that practically oozes out once you bite into the taiyaki. I am a big fan of okonomiyaki, and this doesn’t disappoint.
Omedetaiyaki Honpo | おめで鯛焼き本舗
2-13-8 Hiratsuka, Shinagawa 142-0051, Tokyo Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Holiday: Obon (mid August), end and beginning of the year

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Togoshi Ginza | 戸越銀座

Nearest stations:

  • 0 minute walk from Togoshi Ginza station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line
  • 2 minute walk form Togoshi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
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