The birth of the yokocho
Hachinohe has been a thriving a port city since ancient times, so restaurants and bars have sprung up here to welcome the fishermen back from the seas. The alleyways in the city center date back to the post-WWII period. The area used to be a residential district but a marketplace was established here for people returning from the war. After a cinema and other venues opened, streets full of restaurants and bars began to grow. That's how the alleyways of the city center developed.
Hachinohe has some of Tohoku's liveliest yokocho alleys. It was once said to be second only to Sendai's Kokubuncho. Miroku Yokocho, which opened when the Tohoku Shinkansen began service to Hachinohe in 2002, has become a symbol of Hachinohe. Hachinohe's yokocho culture is beloved by locals, tourists and business travelers alike. Every evening the sound of cheerful laughter rings out from the alleyways.
How to enjoy yokocho nightlife
Eight yokocho are spread around the center of Hachinohe. Each yokocho has its own distinctive atmosphere, with plenty of options--izakayas where you can taste the local dishes of the city and the port, small restaurants where regular patrons gather, small long-established pubs and bars and ethnic restaurants. One of the charms of the small yokocho establishments is that you’ll quickly develop a rapport with the owner and the customers around you. In a yokocho, even on your first visit you’ll find animated conversation and may even feel a mysterious sense of nostalgia. Lose track of time on a pub crawl, getting drunk on the good sake and the good company
Exploring the labyrinth of Hachinohe's yokocho alleys
Hachinohe Portal Museum 'Hacchi'
Get the "Explore Hachinohe's Yokocho Alleys" pamphlet at Information.
▼ Cross Omote-dori Street (National Route 340)
Alleyways, Part 1: Miroku-Yokocho
Bursting with energy, Miroko Yokocho is comfortable even for those who are new to “yokocho” nightlife. It gets its name from the fact that it runs between Mikkamachi (“mi” means “3") and Muikamachi (“mui”, meaning “6”, also pronounced “roku”).
▼ Leave Miroku Yokocho and cross Omote-dori Street to the lanterns marking Takashokoji Turn left at the poster of actress Sayuri Yoshinaga.
Alleyways, Part 2: Tanukikoji
With its brightly-lit signs, it's like an alleyway from a movie set.
▼It looks like a dead-end, but you can get through
Alleyways, Part 3: Goban-gai
Even at noon, this bewitching alleyway is tinged with a shadowy, mysterious atmosphere
▼ Cross Nagayokocho
Alleyways, Part 4: Hachinohe-Showadori Street
Many of the proprietors here were born in the Showa era. Showa-dori Street is quite a wide alleyway and easy to enter.
▼ Go through the side of the parking lot and turn left, then turn left at the wooden arch
Alleyways, Part 5: Harmonika-Yokocho
In this alley, which has a plain wooden arch at the entrance, the shops are lined up in the shape of a harmonica reed.
▼ Go through the Post Core Building and cross Nagayokocho
Alleyways, Part 6: Nagayokocho-Rensagai
Enjoy the depth of this U-shaped alley with its line of unique shops.
▼ Continue going straight ahead
Alleyways, Part 7: Rocho-Rensagai
This lively alleyway links Nagayokocho Rensagai with Rocho, which gets its name from the prison ("roya") that was in Takashokoji during the feudal age.
▼Turn right at Takashokoji Cross Omote-dori Street and enter Daikichi-dori, where a sign marks a shop specializing in mackerel.
Alleyways, Part 8: Hanakoji
Cross Miroko Yokocho and there is an alley where the entrances of the buildings form a maze.
▼ Turn right at the intersection with Miroko Yokocho and cross Omote-dori Street (National Route 340)
Hachinohe Portal Museum 'Hacchi'
Column「The month-long "Yopparai ni Ai wo" in Hachinohe's Yokocho district」
“Yopparai ni Ai wo” is an art event in which the attractions of Hachinohe’s alleys, with their rows of tiny bars and restaurants, are enjoyed from a variety of new angles. With events and activities such as the "Yokocho Only You Theater” performing dances and plays on the streets and in the bars and restaurants, a nighttime pedestrian mall and the “Nomidaore Rally” pub crawl, the yokocho district becomes even more festive and colorful than usual.
|Hours||October 1-31 (scheduled) every year|
|Location||All yokocho in central Hachinohoe|
Yopparai-ni-Ai Executive Committee